Living like the French do…

Dan and I are almost at the one-month mark of our trip. And while our initial arrival in London practically seems like a lifetime ago, in another way, time has completely flown by! After our first three weeks of rapid intercontinental puddle jumping, we made the conscious decision to slow down the pace of our trip. And consequently, the pace of our tributary blog posts; je suis desole!

Traditional fondue. There are no words for how delicious this meal was...

Traditional fondue. There are no words for how delicious this meal was…

As a result, we arrived in Paris with the plan to spend six full nights in the City of Lights. And to toast our new “life of leisure” as we are affectionately calling it, we decided to sit back, relax, and enjoy a few (read: many) croissants rather than hustling through every tourist site along the way. Frankly, you just get sick of being a tourist. I know, I know, we have such a TOUGH life. But if I haven’t even been to every museum in Chicago, why would I want to spend all my time doing that abroad?! Now granted, we did get in our fair share of the city’s staple views, restaurants, and sites, but we also relished this opportunity to simply rest, EAT, and enjoy. Ce etait merveilleux!

Sad picture of the Eiffel Tower

Sad picture of the Eiffel Tower

We made ourselves do at least one touristy thing a day. Which meant that after we completed the CrossFit Open 15.3 work out at CrossFit Louvre (HELLO French body odor!), we walked to the Louvre, meandered through the Tuilleries (gardens), and called it a day. We had every intention of going to see the Eiffel Tower, but lazily accepted this sad picture as our visit. We figured this way, we will have to go back!

We have since arrived in Nice, along the Cote d’Azur in the French Riviera and are fully embracing this new pace of life. As though planned, everything in Nice is closed on Sundays which has forced us to watch two 90-minute episodes of Sherlock (ummm….so good!) and even fit in a nap.  That said, we are very grateful we managed to find a small market yesterday to stock up on the staples: bread, cheese, wine, and a variety of pastries and Haribou gummies. I don’t know what it is about France, but I am very pleased with the vast selection of gelatin-based treats!

The port by our house in Nice. Boats as far as the eye can see!

The port by our house in Nice. Boats as far as the eye can see!

View of the Old City in Nice

View of the Old City in Nice

Although the weather has left something to be desired, Nice is still incredibly beautiful. After we checked in to our cute Airbnb apartment last night, we went out to sample socca, a popular local pancake-like dish made up of ground chickpeas (much better than it sounds!), and had a chance to take in our new surroundings. Nice sort of looks like a classier Miami with palm trees, shopping on every corner, and pastel painted buildings, but it boasts a picturesque backdrop of colorful homes nestled into the hillsides surrounding the city that South Beach just can’t beat. Our take? This place must be amazing in the summer!

While our current outlook for sun this week looks a bit grim, we are hoping that mother nature obliges us so we can get out and explore more! Also on the week’s itinerary is a 10-minute train ride to Monaco where Dan plans to ogle the yachts while we try to hob nob with all the rich tourists.

I am sure to write again this week and plan to put up a post of some of the interesting fashion trends we’ve noticed so far on our trip to Europe.  Until then, au revoir!

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