Nice, Côte d’Azur

Nice

Nice is the second largest French city in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur region in the south of France.  The city is colourful and has a vibrant vibe in the streets, not to mention a very popular beach.

After spending 11 days travelling around the pretty villages and towns of Provence, we were finishing our French holiday with 4 days in Nice.  We had left back the rental car, so took a train from Aix to Marseilles….not pleasant, the train was dirty, packed and slow.  I admit, I had had visions of a superfast TGV and that it would take about 1 minute in lightening speed, boy was I wrong!  The next train from Marseilles to Nice  was better.

Nice train station

We arrived safely, if not a bit ewww from the first dirty train to Marseilles.   Our hotel was only a short 5 minute walk away from Nice train station.

Hotel 64

We made our way to Hotel 64 Nice where we received a very warm welcome.    We were given Prosecco on arrival, which was a nice touch and our room was lovely, spacious, clean and the bed very comfortable.

I cannot praise this hotel enough, for the friendliness of the staff, who were so helpful and spoke excellent English (my French is just passable) to the free minerals and coffee, of which you just help yourself!

The air conditioning in our room was very, very welcome, the weather outside was hot, hot, hot.  The hotel was an easy 15 minute walk to the Old town and the Promenade Des Anglais.  I would highly recommend staying here, the rate was reasonable too! Hotel 64 was the best place we stayed in during our holiday in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur area.

Nice

We checked in, had quick showers (remember dirty train?…ewww) and left to explore.  It is very easy to find your way around.  It was a straight walk down for us from our Hotel to the sea.

Promenade du Paillon is a a lovely park that we accidentally came across, it leads all the way back to dancing water fountains that are computer controlled and which was great fun for kids.  This led us back to Place Messana.

Place Massena Square

Place Massena Square is the main square in Nice and is surrounded with beautiful red ochre buildings.  The square is full of music and people and only a couple of minutes from the Promenade des Anglais, the long walkway along the Mediterranean sea.

Nice

NiceStatue of Liberty

Who knew the original Statue of Liberty is in Nice?  I didn’t.  This statue of liberty is a small version of the statue that is in New York but sculpted by the same guy, Bartholdi.  This was the original version and Bartholdi was known to make larger and larger versions, one is in Paris and the largest now on Ellis Island, New York.  It stands outside the Opera House in Nice.

Nice

Everywhere is so pretty and I couldn’t resist taking a photo of this tree with the beautiful buildings behind.

Place Rosetti in the old town

Nice

The beach in Nice is a pebble one and was full of people enjoying the sun all day.  At night, lots of couples were having romantic dates and a bottle of wine.  The only downside at night was the hordes of teenagers in some parts, leaving rubbish, screaming (God I sound old) and playing loud music.  But they were just enjoying themselves too and you would not feel unsafe walking by the beach at night.  The promenade and the beach are so long, you can easily find a quieter spot.

Nice

There is also a place on the beach for parasailing.  It looked like fun, but no-one was getting me up there!

NiceThe beach in Nice.

Nice

Walking along the beach and the promenade at night was just lovely.  We really enjoyed our days in Nice.  The hotel was great, the little winding streets and buildings were charming, the people were nice and the weather was just fabulous.

Cons

Cons were that while there are loads of restaurants to choose from, there are too many Italian restaurants selling pizza.  Now I know it’s beside Italy and I love Italian food, but its overdone.  It’s also very much geared towards tourists, from the restaurants (selling the same Italian food in most cases) and tourist shops with the same expensive trinkets and souvenirs.  Of course we did splash out one night in a really nice restaurant, it was expensive but very good.

Overall, I love Nice!

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