Although this wasn’t my first European Adventure (lol) this was definitely my most entertaining for various and sundry of reasons which I will no doubt blog about at some point but for now…..I will stay on topic.
As I mentioned on a previous instagram post, there’s something to be said for Structures, Sculptures, Sights and Signs when traveling just about anywhere. I especially love those things you stumble upon when wandering around, be it in your own city or while abroad.
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Say hello to the "Two incredible sitting black snowmen" whom I had the pleasure of seeing as I traipsed through Amsterdam's Schiphol airport! Post coming soon of my French Riviera sights, sculptures, and structures! I'm not a big sightseer but I absolutely love running across random sights and even moreso when I can capture it – the comedy that sometimes ensues when trying to capture things smh lol! #airports ##schipholairport #travelpics #sculpture #travelshots #structures #amsterdam #luchthaven #travelblog
While on my most recent journey to the beautiful Côte d’Azur a.k.a the French Riviera in January (2016, for my bday *big grin*) there were so many random visual delights, I figured I would just give them their just due in a post all by themselves. There was everything from Structures to Sculptures to (random) Sights, and Sounds from Nice to Antibes to Cannes to Monaco and the Schiphol Airport where I had a brief layover.
Journey with me out and about in the French Riviera.
Signs are an important part of travel but I personally like capturing them as a form of art. From Nice to Cannes to Saint-Paul to Monaco, there were more structures, sculptures, and such than I could capture…but here are some my highlights.
Check out some of the signs I crossed paths with during my journey.
Nice (/ˈniːs/, French pronunciation: [nis]; Niçard Occitan: Niça [classical norm] or Nissa [nonstandard], Italian: Nizza or Nizza Marittima,Greek: Νίκαια, Latin: Nicaea) is the fifth most populous city in France, after Paris, Marseille, Lyon and Toulouse, and it is the capital of the Alpes Maritimes département. The urban area of Nice extends beyond the administrative city limits, with a population of about 1 million on an area of 721 km2 (278 sq mi). Located in the Côte d’Azur area on the south east coast of France on the Mediterranean Sea, Nice is the second-largest French city on the Mediterranean coast and the second-largest city in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur region after Marseille. Nice is about 8 miles (13 km) from the principality of Monaco, and its airport is a gateway to the principality as well.
There were some interesting images in and around my hotel in Nice (not to mention the hotel itself) including the sculpture in the lobby that I became enamored with each time I passed her (at the Hyatt Regency Nice Palais de la Méditerranée).
Monte Carlo /ˈmɒnti ˈkɑːrloʊ/ (Italian pronunciation: [ˈmonte ˈkarlo]; French: Monte-Carlo or colloquially Monte-Carl,Monégasque: Monte-Carlu) officially refers to an administrative area of the Principality of Monaco, specifically the ward of Monte Carlo/Spélugues, where the Monte Carlo Casino is located.
There was one day I allowed myself to play tourist and and went on a magical adventure to Saint Paul de Vence in the Alpes Maritimes, southeastern France. Saint Paul is one of the oldest medieval towns in the French Riviera known for its modern and contemporary art museums and galleries.
As this is just about Sculptures, Structures, Signs, and such, I’ll stay true to the topic but no doubt will blog about Saint Paul de Vence in a future post. For now check out these cool sights.
I purposefully left out a pic from Saint-Paul because the hilarity surrounding it was too much to lump in with the others without some context around it. You kinda had to be there but hopefully you can dig deep into your funny box to see the humor.
Soooo while walking through Saint-Paul with the absolute bestest (yes I said “bestest”) guide EVER, the most randomness events occurred.
FIRST, these pigeons randomly appeared and seemed to be following us along our pathway with the occasional pigeon noise as if to say, “hey there, I’m here too”……
Next, while talking about her cat whom she rescued at one point before making it her own, a black cat appeared out of nowhere just cattin’ along. Followed by more pigeons perched up high.
FINALLY, I couldn’t help myself and proclaimed, now if I see a horse I am going to just hoist myself up and over this ledge…..Zara our guide says, “oh funny you should say that because Saint-Paul de Vence has a horse…….” and so appeared Horseshoe Horse.
This adventure was everything I could have imagined and more. Much like life and all its randomness and goodness, I can say my Cote d’Azur adventure was not only a great to start the new year but a representation of all things good/right with my world.
Until the next journey…..always look for the signs!