Here are some more highlights from my recent trip to the French Riviera! I went with two British friends, two of my closest friends from Paris. We spent four nights in Nice, but also got the chance to visit several other places on the Côte d’Azur. The first day we spent exploring Nice, and got amazing views from Castle Hill. I found that the locals in Nice were much more amicable and helpful to tourists than the Parisians. There was one point during our first day in which my friends and I were looking at our map, trying to figure out where the Old Town was, and an older woman came up to us and asked if she could help us find something. After living in Paris for 9 months, I can say with confidence that that would almost never happen here, except if it was an ex-pat living in Paris giving the directions. Then later that day, two Frenchies gave up their seats on the tram to us. We were flabbergasted! We have gotten very used to the “desagréable” Parisians, so it was a very nice surprise to discover that it is not the case across France. The next day, we rode the train to Antibes and Cannes, two other coastal cities. Riding the train along the coast was absolutely beautiful, I managed to snag a few videos of the great views. The following day, we decided we wanted more beach time so we rode the train back to Cannes, and ended the day with a sunset picnic on the beach. Our last day, we rode a bus up to Eze village; this was the highlight of the trip for me. We climbed up to the highest point in Eze, and that is where we got the breathtaking views of the whole Riviera. From there we went to Monaco. We were unaware that there was a race going on that day so there was horrible traffic, and basically everything was blocked off in the city so it was very hard to get around and to find the Casino Monte Carlo. After wandering around in the horrible heat for an hour, we finally found it, but were unable to go inside as we weren’t dressed correctly. The trip ended on an annoying note with a 3 hour flight delay in Nice, and we had to take an expensive cab home from the airport because we missed the RER due to the delay. Besides that, however, this was one of my favorite trips of the year. Traveling with different friends makes you realize that the people you are with can either make or break your trip. This time I was with great friends, and we spent the whole time laughing and sharing memories from Europe. I am really looking forward to spending a week in Greece with one of my best friends from abroad because I know it will be the exact same, if not better. I am back in Paris now, and I have to buckle down to study for an exam in a couple of days, and then I jet off to the South of Spain for 5 days for a more individual trip. Can’t wait!