Oh Nice, you’re so fine
You’re so fine, you blow my mind
Hey Nice, Hey Nice!!!!
That was seriously what was going on in my mind upon arriving in Nice. The clear blue water of the Mediterranean Sea on the pebbly beach of Promenade des Anglais is so iconic. No matter how many pictures I’ve seen, how many blogs I’ve read, nothing ever beats the real deal.
For the quintessential Nice experience, of course you’d want to walk along the Promenade des Anglais or inside Hotel Negressco, but the Parc du Château is worth the hike for the picture perfect postcard view of Nice. Start the day with some café espresso and pain du chocolat for around €2.00(!) and stroll the morning flower and fruits market in Vieux Nice. Visit the Musée d’Art Moderne et d’Art Contemporain and Musée Masséna if you want as well!
Vieux Nice (Old Nice)
Flower and Fruit Market
View from Parc du Château
View from Musée d’Art Moderne et d’Art Contemporain
If you visit during May, catch the Nice Folklore Festival every Sunday to celebrate the arrival of spring at the Parc des Arènes de Cimiez. While you’re at it, visit the archaeological ruins of the Cimiez Roman baths, and the oh-so-famous works of Henri Matisse in the Musée Matisse! I personally really enjoyed Musée Matisse. The way artworks were displayed allowed me to get a glimpse of the artist mind and see his thought process when he creates his master pieces. It’s a must see for all you art lovers out there!
Do try some socca as well! A specialty of Nice, it is made out of chickpeas, olive oil, and salt. This recipe is as simple as it gets! Generously sprinkle some black pepper and voilà! Bon appetit! 🙂
If you have extra time on your hands, visit any one of the surrounding villages and towns such as Cannes, Antibes, Grasse, and/or Vence! There are buses from Nice that takes you directly to those places for just €1.50 each way! It’s quite a steal considering the ride doubles as a road trip around the French Riviera countryside but without the gas cost :P. And just an FYI, Antibes and Grasse are my personal favorite! 🙂
All photos taken with my Sony DSC-HX50V/B