My girls trip to Nice last month for Carnival was nothing short of fantastic. We had amazing food, great wine, tried a few Belgium beers, and thoroughly enjoyed the French Riviera lifestyle. I think I can see myself moving there and staying, forever. If you ever go to France you HAVE to go here. It's so beautiful and amazing here!!
Flying into Nice provided great views. I was surprised to learn that Nice is in the foothills of the Alps, and you could see the snow capped mountains nearly from the beach!
Once we arrived we headed over to the Carnival area to see them setting it up.
The beaches were rocky and while we were there, there were quite a few people taking a dip in the water.
At every meal we were served fresh olives and bread as a starter. Every single meal we ate was amazing. I think I even tried to order stuff that I didn't think was going to be great but it was impossible. The French know how to eat well!
Before we went to Nice I was looking up places that we must visit in the city. Everyone mentioned the Old Town and how you had to visit if only to roam the winding streets. We made our way there the first night and went back for the next three nights after that! Believe it or not, we found an Irish pub (note the sarcasm since I tend to always find an Irish pub wherever we go....based on my travels there is one in nearly every town in the world, hah) and we met some nice Irish and Australian folks. The streets are quite narrow here and cars wouldn't have a chance making their way through much of the area. It is really a nice gem of the city and an area worth visiting. Below are a some photos of the area after the sun goes down (and the only time we visited!).
On the last day our flights were taking off late in the day, so we had the morning to walk along the beach one last time. We were told that we should head up this big hill leading from the beach and visit some ruins at the top. A lady at our hotel also said the views are quite beautiful once up at the top as well. Her recommendation was spot on. We could see the beach in both directions and much of the city as well. We contemplated skipping our flights and staying in Nice. Sadly that didn't come to fruition.
I LOVED that you could see the Alps from Nice, and essentially on the beach nonetheless! Our guide told us that skiing was only about an hour away. Could you imagine living here?! Everything you need is right here!
This was at the top of the hill climb. The short hike up wasn't bad. I think it only took about 10 minutes to walk to the top. There was a park up here, some ruins, a small cemetery, public bathrooms (for a fee), and many paths to walk through. When we were leaving a canon went off that made me jump about a mile into the air. A guy walking past me chuckled and explained to me that some king used to run the land and he liked to eat precisely at noon every single day. To do so he commissioned a canon to go off every day at 12. I don't know if it's true (you can google it to verify), but it's a nice story.
Stay tuned. I have photos from Monaco and Provence to follow soon!