Flashback Friday! And cheers to warm summer days and nights.
My introduction to France was in Nice, before the internet made research and reservations a breeze and when we still had to change currency and check passports each time we entered a new country. Backpacking through Europe with my cousin, we arrived in Nice by evening train and learned at the information stand that all the youth hostels were full. We couldn’t afford a hotel room, and while we worried that we might have to spend the night on the beach, made even more unappealing by the fact that I had a miserable chest cold, a fellow backpacker pointed out a white-haired woman carrying a red notebook. “She seems really sweet; she has a room to rent.” Thus we met Olga the Angel.
Olga was a spry woman with bright blue eyes and plenty of Je-ne-sais-quoi. Her red notebook was her guestbook, and entry after entry described a fabulous stay in Nice with Olga. She nursed me back to health with whiskey-laced hot chocolate, pointed us to her favorite restaurants and instructed us to say, “C’est bon!” no matter what, and strictly forbid us to take showers lasting longer than 5 minutes. We loved her and ended up staying with her twice as long as we’d originally planned. For me, France and Nice are forever colored by Olga’s bright smile and energy. My pictures from that time aren’t digital, but here are a few photos from a more recent trip to Nice:
We were there for the Fete de la Musique, a magical day in June where all the musicians come out on the streets to sing and play. This woman had an incredible voice:
This is a lovely description of your first visit to Nice and, even though I’ve not been to Nice, this post remind me of some wonderful holidays that I’ve had in France! Now I want to go back, and soon! 🙂
Thank you! Glad I triggered some happy memories! I hope you can make it back there soon. I hope I can, too!
It is indeed a lovely place to visit, not to mention live!
Yes – I can imagine living there would be wonderful.
I haven’t been to Nice in ages. I remember it’s much nicer than Marseille though. 😉
I’ve never been to Marseille, but I do really like Nice!
I love Nice ! Here you can see the post I made about it 🙂 http://lesflaneriesdaurelie.com/en/un-avant-gout-d-ete-a-nice/ Have a good day !
Gorgeous photos – I love them. Looks like we share a love for windows and doors 🙂