I have been super bad about blogging lately; I blame this primarily on my lack of internet cafe visits but also on strange foreign keyboards. French keyboards are especially strange, but Spanish keyboards are not so bad. You will notice that I will not use single apostrophes, because I cannot find them on this keyboard :). I plan to write thorough posts for each of the cities we visit once I am back in the states, so for now I will just give some quick updates.
Paris is awesome. We spent a few days there and saw most of the sights. I think the Louvre was the highlight, along with wonderful food and wine. The locals are very unfriendly and very hesitant to help.
Caen and Bayeux
We stayed in Caen because we thought it was the gateway to the WW2 Normandy beaches, but once we arrived we realized we should have stayed in Bayeux. Caen does not have much character, but Bayeux is a wonderful little town with an insanely impressive cathedral. We took a 6 hour tour to different places along Normandy, including Omaha Beach and the US cemetery. Seeing Omaha was eerie to say the least, but I am grateful to have visited such a historic place. Overall Caen and Bayeux were wonderful.
At the center of the French Riviera, Nice is a little city with a large, topless, pebble beach. We spent nearly all 6 days on the beach only leaving to eat some of the wonderful local food. We also ran into an old high school friend of mine from soccer, Cara, which is totally rad. Besides the beach we each rented a scooter and scooted the 25km to Monaco, a.k.a. Smug City. We nick-named the haze above Monaco the “smug layer.” Let us just say that Monaco has the highest density of insane cars to people that I have ever seen. Bentlies, Rolls, Bugatis, Porches, etc. Ridiculous and also a pretty cool little city.
Where do I begin. We have only been here 2 days, but we have already topped most of our prior experiences. So far Barcelona has had the best food, the best sights, the best beaches, the best locals, and the friendliest inhabitants. Seriously. Tapas, small plates that make up one meal, are insanely good. All of the Gaudi architecture is absolutely insane. And I think I have made a total of 10 new friends.
All in all Europe is a blast. We have met some great people, enjoyed some wonderful food and drinks, and seen some incredible sites. Lovin it.
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