Farmers Markets in Nice.

I’m behind.

I’m about to leave Rome to head to Turkey and I’m almost 2 blogs behind. Shit.

I switched to holiday mode in Nice.

After a relatively short bus ride from Como I found myself in Nice. I knew that being in the French Riviera things would be pricey. So I stocked up on supplies in Como.

Yep, I was that weird chick who entered the bus with a box full of food and a couple of bottles of wine. Seriously though, it cost me €20 for some beer, wine and a whole bunch of food that I didn’t even get through in Nice.

…I proceeded to make myself a panini on the bus complete with pesto, gherkins and rocket. Bangin’ – and totally worth the weird looks.

Monaco! We had a quick photo stop in Monaco.

On arrival I dumped my stuff and headed straight to the kitchen to make myself a much needed bowl of veggies and gnocchi. Cheese and bread only get you so far…

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Sooooooo good.

The next day I visited the Flowers and Farmers Market in Old Town…

…and lost my shit.

Locally made pestos, fresh olives, fruit and vegetables and gorgeous fresh bread…

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I returned with a whole backpack full of goodies – lunch was served!

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I decided in Nice that I was just going to chill out for a bit – so that’s what I did…

I spent hours  on the pebble beach, got stuck into my book and relaxed… I seriously didn’t visit any sites or do anything particularly tourist like. It felt good.

I think sometimes you get so caught up in making the most of your time, feeling like you need to visit every landmark that you end up needing a holiday from your holiday when you return home… and that’s my justification for not even taking the bus to Monaco for a quick visit.

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I met a bunch of people at the hostel – which I would highly recommend staying at check it out here Villa Hostels

It’s super social and they sell €1 beers – you can’t argue with that. Although I chose to avoid them and go for the €6 bottles of rosè.

Didn't help my hangover.
Didn’t help my hangover.

We ended up hitting the beach and I got quite drunky – and saturated from the tide coming in.

Needless to say the following morning was a bit sketchy – I ended up getting up, and jumping in the ocean. My go to hangover cure.

Success!

…and then I passed out on the beach for a few hours.

My final night in Nice involved dinner and drinks with some of the guys I had met on my bus trip.

We stumbled upon these awesome guys playing in the street on our way to dinner and I ended up having to be dragged away! They were very blues and rootsy and I imagined I was in New Orleans for a moment.

Anyone who has watched the HBO series Tremè will know what I’m on about (PS. if you haven’t check it out – it’s about a neighbourhood in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina and really freaking good.)

I have uploaded a video on Facebook too (because I can’t do it on wordpress!!) where old mate jumps up on his bass. Check it out!

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Nice was wonderful – I definitely hit the switch into holiday mode – I got in one 8k run but apart from that I took it easy!

PS. I’m planning a way to stay in Europe for longer, anyone with ideas on how I can make this happen – work, easy way to get a visa etc. (or not but still get work!!) send your suggestions my way!

Next stop Barcelona – where I finally meet the lovely Camille who my sister Mel has been raving about, and shit gets a little out of hand with Luke and Teddy…!

Brickie!

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Gelati Como.

1 Gelati…

2 Gelati…

3 Gelati… we’re rolling Brickie out the door.

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Lake Como was a nice rest stop – I stayed here for 2 nights in a little place right near the water.

I made another friend – an English boy named Gary who is a physio trying to make his way over to Australia. Not before 9 months of travel!

We went for a run around the lake on the first evening – the hills ABSOLUTELY killed me but we cruised for the rest. Gary mentioned he was surprised I could keep up with all 6 foot 3 of him and when I said I was going to stop he exclaimed “Oh thank god” hehe – I must be maintaining some of my fitness!

After our run we rewarded ourselves with some gelati – I had chocolate and some rum flavour.

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Holy shit.

The best I have ever eaten… absolute foodgasm!

We bought a bottle of wine and watched the sunset while looking over the lake…

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The following day we headed to Menaggio – a sleepy little town further up the lake. I kept my eye out for my boyfriend George Clooney, didn’t see him but that’s ok I’ll see him at our wedding.

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We sampled some more gelati in Menaggio, I had nutella and pistachio this time. I forgot to take a photo!

The walk along the water was beautiful and the day was picture perfect.

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That afternoon I headed back to Como and sat and had a “spritz” basically a glass of prosecco with aperol – perfect on a hot summers day. I am missing them already!

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Breakfast was included in my accommodation, so naturally, I made the most of it!

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I also found a patisserie which was basically a whole in the wall where a lovely little Italian lady served gorgeous cakes and coffee… could this get any more stereotypical Italian – a coffee with scooters in the background?!

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I HAD to have more gelati before I left – this time, I branched out and had cherry chocolate and creme brulee… yep, another foodgasm ensued.

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A perfect ending to a perfect stop over…

Oh and I found some street art!

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…Now onto the Nice nightlife!

Speak soon!

Brickie

x

Fondue and Rosti in The Alps.

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I’ve always considered myself a bit of a beach bum and absolutely LOVE summer… Which explains my decision to chase summer this year! The Swiss Alps however have changed my heart – unbelievable!
After finally catching up with my bus in Bern – a sleepy little city (the capital!) in Switzerland, I grabbed a beer and waited for the bus to arrive. In my comedy of errors of a bus trip I somehow managed to beat the bus!

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I met a lovely girl named Bonnie who is from Sydney – and works with a girl I know from Mudgee proving just how small this globe is.
We arrived in Lauterbrunnen at around 8pm and I was desperate to sample some traditional Swiss fare.
We ordered Rosti and fondue.
Wow.
Paired with a crisp glass of white wine – cheese coma ensued.

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The next morning was stunning. What started as a misty morning turned into a flawless day; I met some girls and we decided to head off to the Seilspark – a high ropes and flying fox adventure course. So much fun!
While waiting for the train I got bombarded by a group of couples from Bombay, India who either thought I was a celebrity or a Swiss Girl. I was getting photos left right and centre with wives and husbands and in the end I had to say enough! Seriously hilarious!
That night we drank wine and had many a giggle – these girls are awesome. It felt like we were catching up for a girls night after not seeing each other for a while – Swell Girls I’m looking at you!
The next day I settled in at a cafe to write some emails and sample a coffee and brownie.
Holy shit.
The brownie was filled with chunks of Swiss white and milk chocolate and the brownie was a gooey dark chocolate delight.

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I then set off on a 3 hour hike with Jonsi blaring!
I made friends with a cow…

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And found some cheese…

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And saw some amazing sights…

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I then got jack of walking so decided to run home and came across some base jumpers.
Once I figure out how to insert videos for free ill upload it!!

And the chocolate – ohhhhhh my gawd.
Ruining me – but totally worth it!!

Off to Lake Como now to sample some gelati and prosecco!

Ciao!
Brickie

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