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- I swiped through all of Tinder on the South of France and I ended up with you so, here we are. - Back where you started. - I'm not complaining, you're good company. I'm Marko. - [Alex] I'm Alex. - [Alex And Marko] And we're the Vagabrothers. - [Alex] We love traveling, and a little brotherly competition. - [Marko] So we're crossing the globe and putting our local trivia skills to the test. - [Alex] To see who's spending 24 hours livin' like a baller. - [Marko] And who's pinching pennies. - [Alex And Marko] This is basic versus baller. - Welcome to the French Riviera, the swnakiest corner of one of the swnakiest countries on Earth. For centuries, the South of France has been the preferred getaway for Europe's elite, complete with private yachts, luxury hotels, and flashy sports cars. It's a good place to be rich but unfortunately only one of us can be the baller. - To find out which of us is budget, and which of us is a baller, it's time for some trivia. - Oh brother, here we are again. - French Riviera. - Pretty nice, not gonna lie. - It's super beautiful here. We got the Mediterranean. - [Alex] Got the Alps. - [Marko] Got these beautiful colored buildings. - But I got a feeling it's expensive. - It definitely is. There's a lot of luxury stores, there's a lot of luxury cars. - If you're ballin' then you're right at home. - Yeah, this is seriously, this is like playground of the rich and famous. So being neither rich nor famous, it'd be good to have a little bit of money to spend. - That's true but we need to figure out who's gonna have the dough. - Okay, so it's time for some trivia. - Let's go. - Before Nice was part of France, it was actually part of another country. Which one? Was it A, Monaco. - B, Italy. - Or C, Spain. Good luck. Boom! Sorry brother. But you know what, it's gonna be a good week regardless. - Felicitations, mon ami. - Okay. - Have fun. - Enjoy the baguette diet. Okay, just arrived in Antibes. I'm staying at the Hotel Belles Rives. This place is not too shabby. I'm surrounded by beautiful people. I'm gonna try to blend in, see if I can kinda infiltrate this world of the rich and famous. And do my best to work on my tan, maybe meet some cool people and hopefully eat something pretty good. - Bonjour monsieur. - My name is Marko and I have a room. - Welcome sir, I give you the key of your room. 65 on the first floor. - This is nice. Beautiful bed, beautiful linen. I love the 1920's throwback style. It's very much jazz age which is my style. Bathroom all marble. I would expect nothing less. View on the ocean. This is everything. This is the French Riviera in one hotel. A 1920's jazz age style art deco masterpiece right on the Mediterranean. Antibes is the capital of the world's super yacht fleet. And at least half of all super yachts in the world pass through here at least once a year. So I'm gonna do my best to blend into this high society. And I think the best way to do that is by dropping off all my stuff, and heading straight to the beach for a glass of rose. It's a quick drive from Nice, and well worth it. - As for me, I'm off to check in at the hostel. Fortunately, it's super close to the beach and the main square. So getting around on food is gonna be easy breezy. - Hi. - Hello. - How you going? - Great. - Awesome, have you got a reservation? - I do, yeah. It's for Alex Ayling. - For one night? - Yep. - In a four bed mixed dorm? - Nice. - You can take the lift or the stairs up to the second floor and the 212 is just on your left. - Thank you, merci. - Awesome, thank you. - Not bad. Only three people in my dorm room, and there's air conditioning, which I'm stoked on 'cause it's hot here. But, dorms and hostels are not designed for sticking around. I'm only a five minute walk from the beach so I know where I'm going. Au revoir. Plage Ponchettes is the second largest beach in Nice and is free to the public. Who needs cash when you've got the beach? Alright. This is nice. Just arrived to the Plage Ponchettes. Public beach here in Nice. Really beautiful. Tons of people. People watching in France is great. The water looks incredible and the big bonus is that it's free. I'm gonna hop into the ocean and cool off. So I picked up a local specialty. It's called a salade nicoise. Nicoise? - Nicoise. - Nicoise. Salade nicoise. It's got a little bit of tuna, some onion. It's got a boiled egg in there. Some olives, some tomatoes. It looks good. Little rugs, little arugula. You know I might be on a budget, I might not be ballin', but guess what? Life is simple, it's easy. It doesn't need to be expensive. I'm in the South of France on a beach, next to the Mediterranean, surrounded by beautiful people. La vie est belle. Life is beautiful. Well Mark, how about I take a little selfie for yo. - Oh, text from Alex. Let's see what he's gotta say. Oh, he's on the public beach. This should make him jealous. Here you go brother, cheers to you. So how did the South of France turn from a string of sleepy fishing villages into one of the most baller places on Earth? In the 1700's, doctors started prescribing a vacation here as a cure for tuberculosis. And then in the 1860's the railroad connected this place with all the capitals of Europe. Kings, queens, and even the czars of Russia started vacationing here, and with them followed their entourages, and then artists and painters such as Picasso, who lived here, and F. Scott Fitzgerald, the American novelist who wrote the book Tender is the Night while staying in this hotel. Put it all together and you've got one of the most elite vacation spots in the world, but may I say, not a bad place to sip some rose, read a book, and stare at the ocean. It actually does kind of inspire me. I feel like maybe I could take a stab at the next great American novel while staying here. Either that or hop in a sports car and go get some delicious dinner. I think I'll choose the latter. Well, if it's a job worth doing, it's a job worth doing right. South of France, that's a 1964 Alfa Romeo Spider. Let's get some food. This is a part of the world where people travel in style. We're basically halfway between Cannes and Nice, a very exclusive area. It's so gorgeous here. We arrived to La Langouste. It's a seafood restaurant here in Nice and seafood is the thing to do here. We're right on the Mediterranean. Everything is fresh, locally sourced, and it's gonna be delicious. Ooh, perfect timing. Okay, so to start I've got a broccoli pudding with some citrus marinated salmon. Looks delicious. Mmm, wow. The food down here is light. It's much more seafood, sunshine. Ooh. Beautiful. This is gonna be a treat. We have some mackerel filets over tabouleh with soy caramel. Holy mackerel. It might be rude to scarf down food here. I don't think anyone's watching. I wonder what Alex is eating. - Okay so this is my buddy Fabian. We met at the hostel. Fabian is from Uruguay, hence the bombilla. - Bombilla mate. - He's drinking mate, which is a very, very popular traditional herb from South America, kinda like, what, caffeine? - It's a lot of caffeine. It's like a tea. A very, very bitter tea. And it's the actual national drink from Uruguay. - Well speaking of national dishes, right here we have a fougasse. Developed by the Romans, pan focacius, related to its Italian cousin, focaccia bread, and here in Nice they add cheese, they add olives, and all sorts of deliciousness so bon appetit. - Bon appetit, cheers. - Mmm. - Oh man. - Salty. - So good. - Yummy. Shall we? - Yeah. - Allons-y. - Ah, too good. Strawberry and verbena tart and quite frankly, I don't know what verbena is but it looks delicious. So delicate, and yet so beautiful. Soft, crunchy, fresh. Ooh, a work of art in itself. It's good for me to eat but it's almost better just to look at. But not quite. What can I say? Life's good. This espresso is a single shot but the next scene will be a two shot 'cause I'm texting my brother to meet up at Chateau Hill. Ah, look who it is. How are you brother? - Who else would it be? - I don't know, pick pocket. - Could be. - Yeah. How's your day treating you so far? - Pretty good. Feet kinda hurt from the beach and the hike up here. - [Marko] It's a beautiful city though. What do you think so far? - This place was made for you Mark. It was made for those sunglasses. It was made for that scarf. - You know, I was born for this lifestyle. What's your day look like tomorrow? - Well you know me man, it's absolutely free. I have no plans and I have no money. - I would like to invite you to sunbathe on the edge of the French Riviera at my hotel. Drink some wine, have some fun, it'll be a nice little day. What do you say? - Yes. - There we are. Okay brother. A demain, mon frere. Until tomorrow. - Au revoir. As I sip my morning coffee, wait for artistic inspiration to strike, I wonder if my new beret will help. Probably not, probably not. - Alright ladies and gentlemen, well it is the morning of day two and Marko has invited me to join him at an exclusive baller beach. But before I do, I'm gonna do one of the best budget activities in Europe, in France, people watching. It's absolutely free and I'm gonna do it with a little cafe noisette. Yesterday I did not have a hat on the beach and to be completely honest, I was feelin' it. So I just picked this up. Only 15 Euros. I'd say, more stylish, but very affordable, and I like that. I came across a museum and it's free. Time to check it out. Alright so right now I am in the Nice Archeological Museum. It's really cool to just be putzing around checking out all the different artifacts that they've pulled out of the ground right here. After power changed in the Mediterranean, the Romans took over and they built a settlement here called Simonella. This site was an extensive site built around a system of complex baths. It was connected with a complex plumbing system that even included heated water and heated floors. Take a moment to enjoy the rich history of Nice. That's Marko right now, ballin'. But this is the coolest thing that they have here. I did not become the baller. I will summon the legions. - The Mediterranean is not just a diet, it's also a lifestyle and a region. And nothing defines that region so much as the olive. And so today I'm going to this fine purveyor of olive oil product and other artisan goods to find some souvenirs for my journey home. Bonjour madame. - Bonjour. - Je m'appelle Marko. - Je m'appelle Salima, enchante. - Enchante. This is a beautiful store. - Thank you. - How long has it been open? - 150 years. Wow. Well I'm gonna take a look around. This store is awesome. It has tons of local products from the South of France. It's been in the family for five generations and it's 150 years old this year. There is olive oil, there's local olives, there's tapenades, there's sardines, salt, pretty much anything you could want from this area all in one place. Oh, this is amazing. So the olive, it's a product that varies a little bit from region to region, even within places like here in France. So there's a ton of different varieties. You have some from this local area of Nice. You have others from Greece, from Tunisia. They're all flavored with different spices, different citrus flavors. What's the name of this olive? - This is olive aux anchois. - Olive with anchovy. Oh that's so good. - Yes. - The anchovy, it gives it kinda like this umami flavor that, it's just so delicious. So we have the medal of gold from Paris, which is obviously a mark of quality. This country does not mess around with its ingredients. If it's got a mark of gold, that's good enough for me. Got all the goodies. Oh, and a text from Alex. Time to meet up. Confidently rocking my new stylish look, I'm positive Alex is gonna be jealous of my nouveau French vibe. - [Alex] Marko arrived to lunch looking like a total cuck. - [Marko] How you doing? - Great, you look more French than all of the French people here. - Ahead of the times. How are you feeling? - I'm hungry, which is why I called you. - [Marko] Yes, tell me about this place. - [Alex] Socca, supposedly pretty popular here. I think it's kinda like a pizza in Nice. - [Markpo] Oh I've heard about this. It's like a crepe but it's made from chickpeas. - It uses, it's almost like a cheese knife. - Merci. I love finger food. - You know it's funny because in France, it feels like finger food is hard to come by. - [Marko] It is. It's a very fancy eating culture here. - This is really good. It's greasy, it's crunchy. - And it only cost three Euros. That's really good. If I were on a meager budget, I would consider eating this quite often. This is awesome. Thank you for inviting me. Chin chin, cheers. - Thanks for the rose. - Haven't paid for it yet. After realizing my brother had been eating meals with only one course, I felt sorry for him and decided to show him a glimpse of the good life. Not bad is it? - Thank you so much for this little taste of luxury. - It sure beats lying on pebbles and rocks, doesn't it? - You know you kinda look like John Lennon. With those glasses and the beret. - Would that make you Paul? - We should start a band, John. - Oh, it would be nice. - We could call it the Bugs. - I like it. - The Beach Bugs. - What've you got planned for the rest of the day? - I'm really enjoying this. Can I just hang out here all afternoon? - Yeah, thank you for coming out man. I'm glad to have you here. Luxury is only half as good if it's not shared. - Well, it's good to be a king, obviously, and it's good to be the squire, at times. - Hey you know what, everything's got its pros and it's got its cons. - I'll be your stable boy today. - Whatever that means. Enough of this naval gazing. Time for me to blow the rest of my cash on some aquatic adventure with my squire, or stable boy, or whatever he is. So you gotta be like the locals here here they call it not water skiing but ski nautique. You feeling confident about your ski nautique abilities? - I'm just blown away by how much you've assimilated. - Bonjour. - Bonjour. - Permission to come aboard? - Come on. - Merci, hello. - Hello. - Nice. - This'll be fun. Thank you bro. - Of course. Dangerous, he's living dangerously. He survived. - [Marko] Bonjour. - Good job bro. I wanna get in there. Not gonna lie, hasn't done that in 15 years. He's setting the standard very high. - Alex is a natural on the wake board. I have to say, he's very good, my brother. If it's budget versus baller, I'm gonna call that one a tie. Chapeau mon frere, chapeau. Life is good. It's been Nice, but it's time to go. We return to land for a final stroll along the Mediterranean. Alex clearly sticking out with his ridiculous Panama hat, and me seamlssly blending in with the other sophisticated locals. Well brother, all good things must come to an end. - Indeed they must, and this is the end of Nice. I enjoyed it thoroughly, even on a budget. - [Marko] So out of 10, what do you give the French Riviera? - I don't like to give numbers. I don't like to give scores, especially because I lost the competition. - I was gonna say. - [Alex] It was a very enjoyable experience. A lot of history, a lot of culture. France is a great place for people watching and Nice is at the top of that list. - I have to say, my favorite thing was probably the hotel. The hotel was so historic. It's just one of the most beautiful locations in the world. Now I was skeptical. I thought there's a lot of places in the world that have a huge amount of hype, and I thought this place was gonna be over-hyped. I would just say that it's popular, it's been popular for a long time for a reason. This is a solid, solid destination. Natural beauty, gorgeous. The Mediterranean at its finest. Food, excellent. And overall, like you said, beautiful people everywhere. - But it's time for me to ball and I'm not ready to throw in the towel just yet so I think it's time that with head off to the next destination. - I hope that you have better luck next time. - I hope that that beret stays here in France. - Oh, au contraire mon frere. It's comin' with.

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