Even if my school starts in 11th September, i came here two weeks earlier in order to have a good rest after an exhausting summer with paper works (finding a place to stay, collecting all the documents for there and for the visa etc.). I was really excited but exhausted when i arrived in Nice. Because i was not able to close my eyes even for a minute due to my excitement. I was planning to sleep on the plane but unfortunately, the outnumbering children and their screams and cries did not let me. As a matter of fact, i adore infants but i hate the parents who are irresponsible.
While i was going to Place Massena by bus, we had to pass Promenade des Anglais. The first thought that came to my mind was that, the city was so yellow. As yellow as Mexico shown in the movies... I was a bit surprised because the pictures of the city were not like that at all. Anyway, i went to the stop "Opéra - Vieille Ville" and took the tram to go to "Saint Jean d'Angely".
After i found the address, i decided to take some breath for couple of minutes and smoke. When i lighted my cigarette, a beggar approached me to ask for a one. To be honest, i was so tired to understand what he said. Then, he got that i could not understand him and went away. While i was standing there, something drawed my attention; the city was extremely silent and empty. As a person who was born and raised in a metropolis, i felt like a cockroach which survived from a nuclear war or Will Smith in "I am Legend". Even i asked my receptionist why this city was so empty!
However, it did not take me so long to get used to the city life. Comparing to Istanbul, Nice is a small touristic city so that people wish you a good morning, a good afternoon or a good evening when you walk in the street. At the beginning, you think why they are doing this but afterwards, you find it sweet and sincere. The weather is really hotter than Istanbul as if the sun tries to gives you a hug. The first three days, i thought that i was melting down.
Now, i am living close to my faculty. The price level is fine here but when you go to the downtown (which takes 15 minutes by tram), you see that the prices hit the ceiling. And then, you realize that Nice is visited by lots of tourists from the UK, the USA, Canada and Germany. There are also some Americans and Brits who work here as bicycle drivers, waiters and baristas. That's why i have been living here bilingually. By speaking in French with the locals and speaking in English with the tourists. I have no problem with my French but in here (maybe it is due to being a touristic spot), when they say something (usually a price or a condition), if i do not respond them in just two seconds, they think that i can only say Bonjour, Bonsoir and Merci and they repeat what they have just said in English.
Now, it's been 5 days since my arrival in here. Before, i was thinking that i am in the middle of a catastrophy but now, i think Nice is so peaceful and it is as beautiful as paradis. For a couple of days, i have been considering that Istanbul is the actual catastrophy.
The first place that i visited in here is Place Massena as it is the closest spot to my residence. As i said before, it takes just 15 minutes from my residence. It is in a well located spot so that the tourists who accommodate around there or in Promenade des Anglais can go there in 10-15 minutes at most.
When you decide to visit there, you will be welcomed by colorful buildings, nice restaurants, the square which will remind you a chess board and Fontaine du Soleil. The square is very crowded in every time of the day.
When you take off the tram, you will find yourself in between two buildings (the orange one is Galerie Lafayette). If you go down, you will find the square, Fontaine du Soleil and some street artists and musicians. Through the street behind Fontaine du Soleil, you can go to Promenade des Anglais. However, if you go up, you will find the shops of the international brands, restaurants, cafés and the shopping centre Nicetoile. Both directions have outstanding advantages and disadvantages. But no matter what, i have to warn you about something. Due to the climate, the square is absolutely hot so that you get thirsty too easily and a 50cl water costs 1€. If you would like to pay less for a water, you can go to Opéra - Vieille Ville, go down the stairs and enter to SPAR. 1 liter of water costs only 0.30€.
I suggest you to visit there twice. In the daylight and in the evening. Because both options provide you eye-catching moments to capture. In the daylight, the confluence of sun and the vivid colors; in the evening, the confluence of various lights such as street lights, the lights of the fountain and the lights of the statues on the poles.
Why i love there
Well, i have two responses for it: the street musicians and the tourists. You may ask me: "I can understand why you love street musicians but why tourists?". The answer is, both colorize the city life. To be honest, taking pictures of the chess board, the statues and the fountain might seem so cliché. But the street musicians and tourists, you can not find them there all the time. The musicians sing or play and by doing that, they spread some color to the air, to our lives. And the tourists accompany by either singing with them or dancing. It provides us the opportunity to seize the day.
Even the French have a holiday for this: Fête de la Musique (21th June).