…demanding in terms of homework - we get out of school at 5:30, homework takes two hours, and because Villefranche is so small it's often necessary to go to Nice to buy necessities (it costs one Euro on the autobus).
Though the trip takes about ten minutes, the bus stops running at 8pm, so one needs to take the train which is a journey in itself. And then, the train station in Villefrance is a half hour walk so I usually finish whatever I have to do in Nice quickly to take the autobus …
On Saturday students had the option of taking a 5 Euro tour of Villefranche which actually has a lot of hidden attractions. We gathered at the tourist center at 9am yet I forgot my hat and it was about 119 degrees.
I got the cell phone number of another student and asked the general direction of where we would be starting. By the time I returned everyone was gone ... I literally ran around the entire city trying to find them, called the other student, and eventually found them all in a (shaded!) museum in the old fort.
5/18/13 Nice ( Villefranche), France 10:00AM 8:00PM
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Today I am going to attend yet another activity - a tour of Villefranche - and then go to Nice for Le Shopping and Lunch and return for an afternoon of study (what I have been doing all morning).
.... and the wine, you ask? Well, Sangria does not count. The local stores have questionable stock. I saw a bottle of wine from Graves (quite dusty, unknown producer) from 2004 marked at five Euros. Villefranche is a small town, though, and perhaps Nice and especially Monaco have top notch …
…small group of us took the autobus to Nice, which is one Euro and ten minutes from tiny VilleFranche.
We walked around the village (I longed to stop at its exotic spice markets) and found a cafe to have dinner. I was told by the professors bus service stops at 7pm, yet no one else believed me and at 9pm we found ourselves stranded.
At any rate all ended well and here I am at my apartment writing this blog.
Nothing to report with excitement wine wise ... some of the cafes seem to be well …
... very recently a spot opened up at the Institute de Francais in a tiny town in the South of France called VilleFranche. It is two miles (yet sixty Euros by cab) from Nice so here I am, improving my French so that winemakers in Burgundy, Champagne, and Bordeaux can actually understand me.
The photo above of a fellow student represents the 'first day frenzy' of moving into our apartments only to discover there is no soap, paper, cleaning products of any sort. During …