Nice, France

Ever heard the saying, ‘Nice is nice’? Welp, it’s true.

Last May, Josh and I went on a two-week trip to Iceland, Paris, and Nice. Ending our trip in Nice was the perfect decision because it has a great mix of sight-seeing, yummy food, and beach time. We had been on the go for 9 days and were ready to soak up being engaged [and not having a day-by-day itinerary like we did in Iceland]. We didn’t even go in with anything in mind – no known places to see, restaurants in which to dine, or things to do.

Since this was Josh’s first time to Europe, we decided to take the scenic route and booked 2 first class seats on the TGV, France’s high-speed train. The journey from Gare de Lyon to Nice Ville took us about 6 hours. We were able to check out France’s countryside – something we definitely wouldn’t have been able to do from 30,000 feet up.

For our 3 days in Nice, we stayed in an AirBnb on Rue Paradis, right off of a cute pedestrian-only route, Rue Massena. The apartment was right near le Jardin d’Albert and was a super quick walk to Place Massena, their version of a town square. Our place was so central that we didn’t need to grab a cab for the duration of our stay, which is always clutch.

Here are some of the things we did:

  • Visited the #ILoveNice sign – A must-do in Nice in the age of Instagram. If you don’t get a picture with the sign, were you even in Nice?! How would anyone know?!
  • Walked around Place Massena
  • Checked out the Monument Aux Morts de NiceMonument_Nice
  • Walked along La Promenade des Anglais/Quai des Etats-Unis
    • The best views of the water, lots of restaurants, tons of shops & beach clubs

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  • Spent a half day laying out by the water at Plage Beau Rivage . One thing to note: the beaches in Nice are very pebbly and are uncomfortable to lay on without a beach chair. Since we didn’t bring beach towels, we opted to pay to hang out at Beau Rivage, where we had reserved beach chairs, towels, and had wait service right at our chairs. They even had burlap down as walkways to help with the heat and ouchies from walkingon stones.
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  • Wandered through the pedestrian streets and popped into the tiny shops. It’s so fun to get lost in the tiny foot-traffic-only alleys in European cities (more on this to come in my Greece notes) and to stumble upon some really great restaurants.

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  • Most importantly, ate a lot of charcuterie and macarons.

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    Have you ever been to Southern France? Which cities did you go to? I’d love to hear about it! Leave a note below or on ATG’s Instagram to share and stay tuned for more itineraries/city guides in the weeks to come!

 

April 2018: Bri

Many view traveling for business as a glamorous adventure on the Company’s dime. One of my best friends, Bri (the cutie above), shares that maybe traveling all the time isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. See below for tips and tricks on how to maintain a healthy diet while on the road.

Eating Healthy While Traveling For Business

I travel a lot for work. I also feel sick a lot from food, so I’m not able to consistently cook for myself and eat food that won’t upset my stomach. I have gone to the gastroenterologist many times to try to figure out what causes my upset stomach. [Gastroenterology is the branch of medicine focused on the digestive system and its disorders.] After many tests, we still can’t determine the cause, but because of this, I have learned how to eat healthy while traveling for business.

  1. Stay hydrated and drink lots of water. One of the most important things I’ve learned from traveling a lot is to make sure I drink plenty of water (this is key on an airplane). Many people love to drink coffee, especially when they are tired from traveling, but coffee is dehydrating, so make sure to drink plenty of water as well. Also, try to avoid super sugary caffeinated drinks. If I need caffeine, I personally try to stick to tea for the other health benefits as well. Also, people like to drink wine or beer on an airplane, but this will make you feel much worse the next day.
  2. Stick to a schedule. If you normally eat breakfast, lunch, and dinner at a certain times at home, try to stick to the same times while you are traveling. A lot of my colleagues skip breakfast when they travel, but I can’t survive the morning without it, so I always build in enough time to grab breakfast, even if it is just a muffin and banana.
  3. Pack your own (healthy) snacks. I always travel with KIND bars or RX bars in my backpack when I travel for any instances where I can’t eat on time in accordance with my schedule. A lot of my client sites have vending machines or free snacks that are chips, candy bars, etc., so it’s nice to be able to have something healthy available.
  4. Don’t feel like you have to drink at happy hour. Some people live for happy hour and having free drinks on the Company. Just because drinks are free doesn’t mean that you need to have a bunch of drinks.
  5. Choose a light meal.  Another thing a lot of people do while traveling for business is eat a large meal since the Company is paying for it. I’ve learned that just because its free doesn’t mean I should always eat large meals. If everyone is ordering steaks and a bunch of sides, it is okay to order a soup and salad if that’s what you want to eat.

Thanks for sharing, Bri! I have a big trip coming up and will DEFINITELY be taking KIND and RxBars with me to 1) make sure I have something gluten-free with me and 2) save some cash. What tips will you be implementing into YOUR routine next time you travel? Let me know in the comments below!