The French Riviera (Cote d’Azur)– one of the most glamorous places around the Mediterranean, starting in Marseille in the west and finishing at the French-Italian border in the east.
Our stay in Nice started in a very glamorous way- by walking 5km from airport to hotel in the late evening on the 5th of May- plus pulling 1 hand luggage suitcase, carrying 1 bag and pushing pram with our son :))) Who knew the 5th of May is holiday in France???? It means no local transport works after 9pm and taxis try to rip you off. My husband was willing to pay those 45-50 Euros (!!!) for 10 mins drive, but I said No and recommeded a lovely, evening walk towards our hotel. It seemed to be quite close….. on the map 😛
Anyways, we finally reached hotel before midnight 😛 I must praise our amazing son who managed to sit all the way in his pram- nicely and quitely. Big thank you to weather as well- very, very pleasant, perfect for a long evening walk 🙂 Otherwise, our trip could finish disastrously before it has even started 😛
There was another surprise waiting for us in the hotel. They couldn’t find our reservation (although we paid upfront for whole stay) and hotel was fully booked. Ohhhh….. Eventually, after loooong chat and many explanations, we got a room! Yuhuuu!!!
Next couple of days were much… nicer 🙂
1.The focal point in Nice is PROMENADE DES ANGLAIS– beautiful promenade streching from airport to the MONUMENT AUX MORTS.
And by night 🙂
Sadly, today the Promenade reminds me not only about our wonderful trip, but also about tragic 14th of July Nice terror attack. May all rest in peace… [*]
2. There are two places in Nice where you see whole Promenade des Anglais from top:
- COLLINE du CHATEAU (Castle Hill) – it’s located just behind the Old Town, on the hill overlooking the Nice coastline. You can walk up there or take a life or escalator.
- MONT BORON– it’s located just outside main Nice, on the way to Villefranche-sur-Mer and Monaco. It offers spectacular panoramic views over Promenade.
3. If you have kids- beware of the beach in Nice !!!!! It’s not sandy beach. It’s cobble/shingle beach with very, very sharp pebbles. It’s impossible to walk there without shoes (and those shoes must have thick or hard sole). We managed to sit there for some time, but we didn’t move from our towel at all.
4. Many significant sightseeing points are located in or around VIEILLE VILLE (THE OLD TOWN).
- PLACE MASSENA with FONTAINE DU SOLEIL and JARDIN ALBERT 1 (park-like area)
- OPERA de NICE, PALAIS DE JUSTICE, PALAIS/CASERNE RUSCA, PALAIS DE LA PREFECTURE
- PLACE ROSETTI with CATHEDRALE SAINTE-REPARATE and some other eye-catching clicks
- MARCHE AUX FLEURS COURS SALEYA– famous market with great restaurants
- AVENUE JEAN MEDECIN with BASILIQUE NOTRE-DAME de NICE
5. We have been recently experiencing with our toddler phase called ‘Terrible Twos’ with tantrums on the floor… 😛 So at the moment, we try to avoid quite and calm places like museums. However, we do hope we will be able to see more of them in the near future:) If you don’t have a child, I recommend you to visit:
- MUSEE NATIONAL MARC CHAGALL
- MUSEE D’ART MODERNE ET D’ART CONTEMPORAIN
- PALAIS LASCARIS
- MUSEE DES ARTS ASIATIQUES de NICE
6. Weather can change from warm (+25) to cold (+15) anytime in May in Nice. Proof below 🙂
7. Would I recommed to visit Nice? Yes, definitely. Is it worth to go there with child/children? Yes, there are plenty of attractions for kids.
If you want to read more about sightseeing in Nice, I do recommend you to visit this website -> 15 things to do in Nice (France) by Crazy Tourist where you can get to know much more about famous places and landmarks of Nice 🙂
Dear pilot, please take us home now 🙂