The recent happenings in Manchester and London reminded me of the horrible night in Nice, when so many people were killed or injured on the Promenade Des Anglais. Such a sad night for the whole world, something we will never forget, and it would be remiss of me to do this post without a mention or a thought to all those that suffered that night.
Exactly one week before that night, we had been in Nice, and on our last night had been celebrating with thousands of people on the soccer win over Germany. The streets were alive with locals, tourists, soccer fans, adults and children everywhere. There were car horns blaring, fire-crackers, singing and dancing in the streets. It was amazing! We had such a wonderful time because NICE is NICE!
The Promenade Des Anglais is awesome, running along the beach it’s the perfect place to wander along or sit and people watch, and as it is covered, there is plenty of shade from the hot south of France sunshine. We spent every evening doing just that and of course, chatting with the street vendors and performers.
Nice has much, much more to offer than just the Promenade, and in our few days there we managed to explore a some of these places.
We were lucky enough to stay at the Mercure Hotel, which is on a corner off the Promenade and so we were able to walk everywhere. And walk we did! Right after a wonderful breakfast in the hotel, we would set off each morning in a different direction to see what we could find. Search Flights to Nice
Our first day was spent wandering around the old town of Nice, with narrow streets, loads of shops, cafes, bars and restaurants. There isn’t much you can’t get in the old town! It is a really pretty part of Nice and most of the shops are decorated with hanging baskets outside. There are numerous artisan bakers, and little places selling all sorts of delicacies like olives, cheeses, pickles, cured meats and local sauces and wines. It made us a little sorry we weren’t in a self-catering apartment! Nice Old Town covers quite a large area, and it’s easy to spend a whole day wandering around, stopping now and then for “une verre de vin” (or two) and of course some lunch!
My favourite part of the old town was Cours Saleya , known as Marche aux Fleurs which is a flower and fruit and vegetable market, held every morning. I have never seen so many flower displays in one place before.
Day 2 sent us past the Old Town and around to the port where the ferries come in from Corsica, this walk along the waterfront offers some great views back into Nice. From there we found ourselves looking up to the cliffs and seeing people walking around, we wondered how to get up there without a car. (It was a long way up and I certainly wasn’t keen on climbing the hill!). While standing at the bottom looking at the steps debating shall we/shan’t we? I noticed a little sign and barely visible arrow pointing to “Elevator” Yes! There is a God! I was going to get to the top and still be able to breath! And so glad I was, it would have been such a shame to miss what awaited us at the top.
The Castle Park (Parc du Chateau) is apparently one of Nice’s top tourist attractions and I can see why, it is beautiful and gives amazing 360 views of Nice. I’m a bit ashamed to say I had never heard of it before we went there! It isn’t just the views though, it is the gardens, statues, remains of the original chateau and the history that is really interesting. Having been there it is a place I would advise all visitors to Nice to make sure they don’t miss.
Day 3 – Just wandering. As our second day was so full-on we decided to just wander the nearby streets and so glad we did! Only a block away in the opposite direction to the Old Town we found a shopping mecca! All the brand names you could think of, but with a price tag to match I might add! There were clothes, shoes, electronics, everything and anything, and all the genuine article! Find Hotels in Nice
Of course, once again we managed to find some great little drinking and eating venues, and a place to go back to that evening for dinner.
On a narrow side street, a bit away from the crowds, we found a small family run Italian restaurant where Rick had a seafood chowder served in a crusty cob!
I’ll leave you with this delightful video of the water park….