After our very sweet and precious time in Annecy, we jetted off to the French Riviera in Nice! I love any and all coastal towns so even though we went to the Itialian Rivieria – Cinque Terra, and the beautiful Greek Isles, I didn’t think it would be a complete trip to France without a stop in the Riviera. It did not disappoint. We spent five days in the Nice area, and during our we spent a couple days exploring Old Town Nice, a day in Eze Village, a day in Monaco, and a day in Ville Franche. Look forward to loads of pictures and individual blog posts on each of these towns and countries, YAY!
While in nice we stayed with a lovely, lovely French couple who run a B & B out of their stunning flat inside a French villa with gorgeous ocean views. Jaques and Christine were so accommodating and made us the most lovely French breakfast everyday. Their flat is located just 5 minutes walking from Le Port and 25 minutes walking on the Promenade des Anglais to Old Town Nice. There was a bus stop 20 yards away for easy access to Monaco, Eze, & Ville Franche. Couldn’t have been a better location for us! We booked our stay through Air BnB, and I am so thankful for all the times we’ve stayed with locals on our trip, they gave us insight and tips no tour book ever could and made our trip such a rich cultural experience. Highly recommend using Air Bnb for your next trip!
Okay, Nice, while it is an iconic destination Joe and I really enjoyed all the other places we went in the Rivieria more than Nice. While we thoroughly enjoyed strolling old town with crepes and ice cream cones in hand, it was very busy and crowded. The Promenade Des Anglais was more of the same, it is a very large and long public beach that is packed with people. The beach on the Promendade is very rocky and while there are places where you can rent a chase lounge and umbrella be prepared to front 25-30€ per person ($35-$41 USD) for the day. We didn’t spent any beach time in Nice, we enjoyed the beaches in Eze and Ville Franche much more – details on those destinations coming up in the next couple blogs – stay tuned! Just a little FYI, all along the French Riviera topless sunbathing is a part of the culture, we didn’t run into it to much but that is something to be aware of, you may have to be a bit more choosy about your beaches and where to put your towel down for the day 😉 … Still, it has to be said, Nice is a dreamy place and one we didn’t regret coming to in the least.
The highlights of Nice for us were: trying a local favorite food called Socca, which is a large crepe made of chick peas (SERIOUS YUMZ) at a very lovely café called Bella Socca – the owners were amazing and sat down with us and talked over the menu, it was delightful. Strolling the Promenade des Anglais right before sunset when it was much less busy and crowded was definitely a highlight and much more enjoyable than during the heat of the day and packed with people. The flower market was my favorite part about Old Town Nice – the market street is lined with flower vendors and it was like a dream for me. I love, love, love, love, love, fresh flowers in our house and Joe is very good about buying them for me every week or (so), so a fresh flower market was like a fairytale for me! Definitely a must see, it is right inside the Old city walls directly off the coast. We also really enjoyed a sunset stroll through Le Port in the evening light, there are lots of sailboats and yachts (although nothing like the masses of yachts we saw in Monaco – more info and pictures coming on that later!)
All in all Nice is a place you must see once, I don’t think it’ll be on our top return destinations, although the surrounding area ABSOLUTELY will. Hope you enjoy the pictures!