The “Côte D’Azur” the Azure Coast, better known as
The French Riviera
and her biggest city: Nice.
It’s been said, but I have to say it again; Nice is Nice!
Nice started showing up on the foreign radar in the second half of the 18th century when the British Royalty and Aristocrats came flocking to this Mediterranean seaside jewel of a city. This gave way to the coining of the city’s main seaside boardwalk, as the Walkway of the English (Promenade des Anglais), which stretches along the Bay of Angels.
As you all know, I currently live in Marseille, (read all about it here) a beautiful mediterranean seaside city in its own right but which some consider to be a part of the French Riviera and some don’t, so since I technically had not been to the French Riviera before, I decided to go and see what all the fuss was about. Even though it’s mid-january the beauty of this city called Nissa La Bella in Niçard (a dialect spoken in Nice), was not lost amid the clouds, but shown through brightly. The Bay of Angels was calm and silent. The large smooth steel blue pebbles fused with the water of the same color, as the frothy white water washed over them. I enjoyed a croissant and hot chocolate that I picked up at the boulangerie la fougaserie in the Old Town (Vieux Nice) and watched the waves playfully lap the pebbles.
The daily flower market located at the Cours Saleya is a must-see when visiting Nice. The colorful striped tents and budding flowers in the bustly square looked as if they came straight from a “toile” of Monet. One can find native flowers that grow on the hills in the Cote d’Azur like Mimosas, Geraniums, Dahlias and Birds of Paradise.
Salts found in the Market
Don’t forget to try the local specialities “Socca”, a think crepe-like apetizer made from chick-pea flour, and “Pan Bagnat”, a typical Nice sandwich made up of tuna, veggies, and olive oil served in a little round roll.
What to See
Place Masséna – Main Square
Where to Stay
Address: 12 rue Emmanuel Philibert, 06300 Nice
Address: 26 Boulevard Victor Hugo, 06000 Nice
Address: 5 Rue Bonaparte, 06300 Nice
Address: 5 rue de la Poissonnerie, 06300 Nice
Where to Eat
Address: 18 rue Gioffredo, 06000 Nice
Address: 11 rue Grimaldi, 06000 Nice
If you to want to experience the French Riviera Lifestyle, leave me a comment if you have any questions, I’ll be happy to share more insider tips with you!