Thailand is one of the most diverse countries in the world. You can really find anything you’re looking for; beautiful beaches, exotic food, fantastic shopping, wild nightlife, history and culture and the list continues. People flock from all over the globe to experience Bangkok and to island hop, indulging in the the countries fruitful shores at legendary full moon parties. Everything that you’ve heard about Thailand and it’s mythical stories is probably true, and then some. It’s a hell of a ride but there were a few moments throughout the trip where I thought I may not make it out alive. I will be sharing some of those adventures (nightmares, depending on how you look at it) soon…
All journeys have secret destinations of which the traveler is unaware. —- Martin Buber
France is one of those places that gives you butterflies in your stomach. It shames you with its sophistication and gets away with it because it is so sure of what it is. It doesn’t matter which city you’re in, they are all perfectly unapologetic.
Most recently I was in Nice. Slightly grittier than say, Paris, but still absolutely beautiful. I was lucky to be there during the world famous Mardi Gras Carnival du Nice. This festival has been a tradition since the Middle Ages and actually hasn’t changed much. The streets are blocked off to give way to the magnificent circus themed floats and performers in full costume dangling off and dancing amongst them. There is glitter, bubbles, streamers, balloons, confetti and most importantly flowers. Thousands line the edge of the parade in the hopes they will catch as many as they can to add to their bouquets. There’s also a lot of wine consumption and good laughs.
But, don’t let the Festival distract you from the hidden fruits of the city. Well not fruit, but cheese! There is no shortage of cafes and restaurants where you can find the freshest baguettes and biggest selection of local cheese. Eating French food is the best part.
Nice is also a bus ride away from some breath taking villages with stunning coast lines and small town charm. My friend, whom I was visiting at the time, took me to a place called Antibes and I fell completely in love with it. It is only 40 minutes outside the city and filled with cobblestone walkways, statues, friendly people, fountains, antique stores and amazing views.
If you’re planning a trip to Nice, Festival is the best time to go!
Take any opportunity you have to learn about a new culture and don’t ever forget it. It will be invaluable in the future.