This is a different European trip—we’re not on the move, not cycling or hiking. We are staying in one town for a month enjoying the warm weather (sunny 19ºC today) beside the Mediterranean and working to improve our French.
We arrived on Saturday after a direct Air France flight to Paris and a quick connection to Nice (almost too quick with the long line at passport control in Paris). It was our first flight on Air France and I was impressed with the airline.
We have a small Airbnb apartment in the centre of town, less than five minutes walk to the beach and twenty minutes walk to the language school. It is an old building (the ancient elevator was an add-on) and like many city apartment buildings in France, it isn’t attractive from the outside. But the apartment was recently renovated and has all modern cons, and the location is perfect.
We are studying French at the Nice Alliance Francais. The placement test on Monday put us at slightly different levels. We are glad to be in different classes; a bit awkward to be in the same class as your spouse. The school is large so there are classes in progress at many levels. We are both in A2, an intermediate level, but at different stages in A2. The school is excellent.
After our month in Nice we’ll spend ten days in the Netherlands.
Here are some photos of Nice.