Nicer in Nice is Vics’ blog and is described by her as… “The everyday adventures of an English girl living in the South of France.”
The blog starts in March 2008 with a post where Vics promises to “go off and rack my brains for witty things to write about in the coming posts.”
Did she succeed?
Well, let’s find out!
Although I was always told never to speculate about a girl’s (and certainly never to ask her!), Vics’ is not shy and proudly informs us that she is Dirty Thirty!
Now I can’t actually remember being particularly dirty when I was thirty but perhaps I was and just didn’t notice?
For Vics, the celebration of this special birthday included her friends from England and Norway, plus my parents and brother coming out to Nice to celebrate with her.
The result was… “3 perfect days of sunshine, champagne and great meals.”
I would also mention that a Paddington bear, a jar of Marmite and a ride on the big wheel were also involved but, grown ups just don’t do those things, do they?
Another 30th birthday (no, not Vics’ – you’re only allowed one 30th birthday in each lifetime even if I’ve been re-celebrating mine for the last 15 years!) is detailed in Secrets and Lies.
This time it’s the 30th birthday of her friend Lisa.
Vics plans a surprise; she asked Lisa’s parents, brother and friends to send… “as many embarrassing photos of her growing up as possible and collected them all together.”
Then Lisa was served Flirtinis (which I believe are some sort of alcoholic beverage that you have to be flirty and dirty to be able to consume?) before being taken to a restaurant where a This is Your Life photo spread was put on!
All good fun and, as Vics says… “after all you’re only 30 once, right!”
Well, normally that would be true but, in my case, I’ve stuck at being 30 for the last 15 years!
The watching Eastenders bits…
Now, I’m not entirely sure how an evening sat in front of the Goggle Box led to a glut of carrots but in Scenes de Manage Vics does try to explain.
I’m just wondering if she can see in the dark yet and, does that improve Eastenders in any way?
Now, I’m not sure if watching Eastenders was the cause but….
Vics reports that she’s Poorly-Sick.
But don’t worry; I don’t think it’s one of those bugs you can catch off the internet.
At least I hope not because Vics says… “I went to bed, full of beans and healthy as a Labrador puppy, and woke up in the middle of the night, nose streaming, eyes stinging and throat being sandpapered down by tiny elves who were using glass shards to get the job done.”
And in Small Head, Large Brain. Isn’t that what they say? we find Vics hoping that 80’s Big Hair will come back so that she can find a crash helmet that will fit!
I’m sure that rather a drastic solution to having a petite sized tete?
Still, as Vics philosophises… “I’m sure there must be some benefit to having a small head, like all the money I’ll save on buying childrens size hats (No VAT= more money to spend on gin to quote the great Victoria Wood!)”
Frog Princes and other local attractions….
Nice is famous for, amongst other things, for its Carnival.
And where better to see a Frog Prince than there?
Everyone loves a frog wearing a crown, don’t they?
Cannes is pretty Cannes-tastic! as well.
Especially during the film festival when there are stars everywhere (not to say hordes of people all out to spot a star!)
And what about this wonderful post which tells us… You know you work in Monaco when…
They are all good but I do like No 1… “1) The underground car park at work resembles a luxury car dealership.
I currently park my beaten up 50cc scooter next to a yellow Lamborghini, several Ferraris of varying hues and a Bugatti Veyron, which isn’t even covered up or anything! ( The Bugatti Veyron, my boyfriend reliably informs me, is the most expensive car in the world!)”
Lists and other things…..
It appears that Vics like to make lists.
In 30 going on 13 Vics gives us a list of things she’s been doing over the last few days.
Apart from Dirty Dancing for the hundredth time, the real highlight seems to be an admission that she wore Dr Martins and plaid shirts when she was 13!
She’ll never live that one down!
In Shameless (and late!) attempt to pass off Facebook meme as real post! Vics Vics tells us more about herself….
Including titbits like… she loves ironing, loves drinking tea (especially out of a huge Eeyore mug) and… “At 30 years old, I still don’t know how to put liquid eyeliner on properly.”
Well, Vics. I’m rather a lot older than 30 and I’ve still never managed to get the hang of it!
In 10 Things about me Vics doesn’t mentiuon the Doc Martins and plaid shirts but she does say that she rides a Vespa without a license!
And finally, in The Reckoning, Vics reviews her 2009 New Years Resolutions.
The bit that scores 11 out of 10 on the strangeness scale is when Vics says that she has…. “been researching ways to shave a cat on the internet!”
I’ve come across all sorts on the internet but that one still eludes me!
So, summing up….
There seems to be an awful lot of fun and enjoyment going on down at Nicer in Nice!
Vics seems be be enjoying herself even is she is sometimes 30 going on 13.
If you fancy a little stroll along the French Riviera why not pop down to Nicer in Nice and have a good look round.
It’s nice there, I promise!
And me? Well, I’m going to have a look at some Dancing Queens and a Birthday Princess.
I believe there are some people there who are drunkity drunk!
All the best