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Exploring Study Abroad Excursions in the French Riviera

April 19, 2024
by Kara Barnes
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Day trip to Nice, Eze, and Monaco with CEA CAPA Excursions 

Since arriving in the French Riviera, I had the privilege of touring the surrounding cities; my experience with CEA CAPA has been one to remember. One of my favorite things about CEA CAPA is that they provide study abroad excursions to travel to surrounding areas, and these excursions are included in the program costs, which is so nice. I love this personally because it allows me to see things nearby that are affordable. 

I joined the first CEA CAPA excursion that they offered. During this excursion, we were provided with three different surrounding areas to visit!  

Stop 1: Nice, France 

To begin the day, we started on a coach bus with fellow students studying abroad. We headed off to Nice, France which is around an hour from Antibes. The private coach took us on a tour of the city where we got to see different popular sites!  

A group of study abroad students posing for a picture

Group pictures we took in Nice at a lookout spot where you could see the whole city. 

One of my favorite parts about Nice was the lookout where you could see the beautiful sea and Antibes in the distance, as well as the market where we got free time to purchase something for lunch and any souvenirs! My favorite part of the market was the fresh flowers.  

A bunch of flowers in a market

Fresh flowers in the Nice Market, one of my favorite parts about the local markets. 

After grabbing lunch, we headed to the beach where we sat near the sea and ate, such a beautiful view!  

A group of study abroad students sitting on a beach eating

Fellow CEA CAPA students eating lunch by the beach in Nice after grabbing food at the market. 

Stop 2: Eze, France 

After loading onto the bus, we headed to a perfume factory where we learned about Fragonard and could purchase perfume.  

A parking lot with a building on top of it

The village of Eze as seen from Fragonard. 

This was at our next stop, the town of Eze, where we hiked up a hill to the cactus garden, which provided an extraordinary view!  

A group of study abroad students walking down a narrow street

Our study abroad group making our way through the village of Eze to the cactus garden. 

A group of study abroad students in a store

Some samples of perfumes at Fragonard during our tour with CEA CAPA. 

Stop 3: Monaco, France 

A group of study abroad students holding plates of food

Fresh crepes in Monaco during our free time.  

The next stop in the excursion was the country Monaco. This was probably my favorite! Here we got to see the Prince’s Palace, get some fresh crepes, and see the famous Formula 1 track!  

A city with boats in the water

The Formula 1 racetrack in Monaco near the Prince’s Palace.  

A city with boats in the water

Monaco has some of the best views of the sea and the town. 

Stop 4: Monte Carlo, France 

After hopping on the bus, we headed to Monte Carlo where we got to see the casino and the beautiful sunset before hopping on the bus back to Antibes. This excursion was one of my favorite experiences with CEA CAPA. Not only did they provide me with beautiful views but also long-lasting memories! 

A dock with boats and buildings in the background

A gorgeous sunset in Monte Carlo before hopping on the bus to Antibes. 


Kara Barnes is the Content Creator - Photographer in French Riviera, France, and is currently studying at Cedarville University.
 
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