Five years ago I visited Paris and as most people do in the City of Lights, I fell in love with everything about French culture. My initial plan for my 40th birthday was to go to the Caribbean, but being that my birthday is right in the middle of hurricane season, that posed too much of a risk. I was not up for that at all after Hurricane Ike ruined my 30th birthday in 2008!
So, fast forward 10 years later, 22 Americans traveled to the French Riviera. I used the expertise of my travel agent, Tammy, and the reviews from friends who had been before to create the perfect itinerary. My secret passion is history and all things historical. The depth of ideals, customs, and revelations that derive from history are compelling and captivating to me.
During my birthday celebration, family and friends turned family toured and ventured with me through Monte Carlo, Cannes, and Nice. We walked the cobblestone streets of Saint Paul de Vince. My eyes witnessed waters I had yet to see. I am a travelnoire, but just to see new waters and the endless horizons of God’s creations stop my breath each time. In Nice, the pebble beach was exactly that. Real pebble rocks with rushing, yet calm Mediterranean waters washing over them.
Walking through venues and hotels graced with millions, $30 million to be exact, of artifacts and antiques was a blessing. Seeing God’s glory each day is one thing, but to see what He has allowed the hands of man to create and leave for us to enjoy is on another level. God definitely has a job for everyone. Speaking of interesting jobs, I toured a perfumery compound and learned the process of creating some perfumes. The perfumers are extensively trained and have strict restrictions such as not eating spicy foods, smoking, or consuming alcoholic beverages during training or employment.
Anyone who really knows me knows, I love adventures, but I am a creature of habit in many ways. So, this trip, I decided to venture into a few new things. Lobster rolls were a food I tried for the first time in Nice at Lobsta and they were so amazing. I’m a sucker for fine dining. We found a hidden heel called Rina’s. The seafood linguini was delicious. I went back three nights while in Nice! Amongst other firsts were visiting a wine vineyard in Grasse and touring a palace in Monaco. Overall, the entire trip was one of the firsts as every city we went to was a first for me. My guilty pleasure was eating White Chocolate Magnum ice cream bars each day. Some days twice. Don’t tell my trainer though.
Fearless at 40 in the French Riveria… It definitely was one of the most amazing trips of my life! This one just may get a repeat for 50 and my retirement.