This weekend I’ve been visiting Torbjørn, a friend of my from the university in Norway. Torbjørn is studying at the Eurecom institute near Antibes and is staying there for a year.
Antibes is situated between Cannes and Nice (Google Maps), which is pretty far away from Toulouse. So, Thursday afternoon at 17h I got on the train. 7 hours and a train swap (in Marseilles) later I arrived in Antibes where Torbjørn picked me up.
Dan Brown’s Digital Fortress, my camera and me heading for Antibes
It took 15 minutes to get to Torbjørn’s apartment near the school campus. The apartment is pretty much identical to mine here in Toulouse. Because of the bad bus connection to the school campus, Torbjørn bought a car a few weeks ago!
So, Friday morning, we got up around 8 o’clock and drove to Nice!
Torbjørn and his monster car at Carrefour
I’ve been to Nice once before, but that was during sixth form (“lycée” in French, “videregående” in Norwegian). We parked just next to the local marked, a place I visited last time as well. Nice is such a beautiful city!
We didn’t stay for a long time, but we saw the Promenade des Anglais, the beautiful view from La colline du château and we enjoyed a coffee in Place Rosetti. During our coffee I was lucky enough to get pooped on by a bird. It hit me on the head, on the shoulders and almost hit my camera. Not the most pleasant of experiences, but everything has a first I guess.
Me, Torbjørn, coffee, card writing (and bird poo) in Place Rosetti
We then headed for Cannes where we spent the rest of the afternoon on the beach, chilling out and playing beach volley.
The same night we met up with Kristoffer, the other Norwegian studying at Eurecom. We had dinner together, I had Calzone pizza for 9€, coffee for 2€ and expensive Crème Brulée Ice cream for 8€. We ended the evening with a couple of pints of Guinness the Irish pub the Hop Store. I am amazed by the number of Australians in Antibes. Surely, Antibes is a city based on tourism, but Australian-English was more common than French in some areas.
Saturday we got up late, bought baguettes and ate our breakfast on a fortified wall overlooking the crazy big yachts in the marina. We stayed there for a few hours because of the great view and marvellous weather!
Torbjørn and me in front of crazy big yachts! (Photo: Kristoffer)
After an ice cream in down town Antibes we headed for the beach in Juan-les-pins where we tried to find some friends of Kristoffer and Torbjørn’s. We couldn’t find them and ate our lunch on our own. We played a bit of beach volley and Torbjørn and I even took a swim in the Mediterranean!
Chilling on the beach in Juan-les-Pins (Kristoffer and Torbjørn)
We ate home made dinner in Torbjørn’s apartment before I took the train back on Saturday at 21h16. I left Saturday already because the two others were leaving for a one week cruise in the Mediterranean Sunday morning. It’s been a great weekend, Côte d’Azur is fantastic!