Villefranche-sur-Mer

The only other American in my main classes graciously invited me to go to Villefranche-sur-Mer, a town to the east of Nice, with her and three other girls from the University of Maryland. The bus ride from Nice is really short, about 20-25 minutes, and after hopping off the bus, we walked through this little flea market. Next, we ambled down to the sea, where we sat and admired the blueness of the water. (It’s been five months, and I still can’t get over how blue the Mediterranean is. The southeast part of France isn’t called the Côte d’Azur for nothing, you know.)

Eventually, we left the sunny seaside to hunt down lunch, making a detour at the Saint-Michel church.

When we finally found a place that was open for lunch, we spent some time deliberating over our options before making our purchases, which we ate while chilling out and watching a soccer game. Sometime later, we went off in search of the citadel, which was still pretty despite not being very fortress-like. It also housed two museums that advertised free entry, so of course, we couldn’t resist walking in. The first museum featured the sculptor Volti, and the second housed artwork by Goetz and Boumeester.

The entrance to the citadel:

Satisfied with what we’d accomplished during our time in Villefranche, we returned to Nice, where we wound our way through Vieux Nice to get some gelato before calling it a day. (I got mango and dark chocolate, and I swear it was one of the most delicious things I’ve ever had.)

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