I left Florence and headed to Nice - Cote d'Azur! I stayed in a hostel the first night, then with a kind CouchSurfer the next two. Got to hang out on the rocky beaches which were lovely, walk around the town, through the markets, and even went to Monaco for a bit one day! I also got to do some laundry - very cool.
Next I headed to Paris, a wonderful couple agreed to house me for two nights. The first night we went down to the Trocadero to try to watch the game but they weren't letting anymore people in so we ended up having a picnic in front of the Eiffel tower during sunset, lovely lovely. The next day I went to see Pere Lachaise. Walked around and saw Oscar Wilde, Edith Piaf, Jim Morrison. I didn't realize that Isadora Duncan was buried there, so I made a pilgrimage to see her final resting place. Then I met my CS hosts for some delicious sushi and walked around a bit. That night (though the train took much longer than I thought so I missed the beginning, grrr) I saw Ballet Preljocaj's Tribute to the Ballet Russes at Chateau de Versailles. Luckily I didn't miss any of the piece that I came there to see - La Sacre du Printemps. It was amazing to see a performance there, once in a lifetime. The metro closed before I got home so I had a crazy time with a French woman and an off-duty metro worker trying to navigate the bus system, but I made it!
Now I am in Brugge, it is fabulous already and I am looking forward to seeing how the day will unfold...
p.s. photos to follow shortly.