When people think of France they typically think of Paris. The obvious reason behind this is because Paris is one of the biggest cities in Europe. Paris was absolutely beautiful but to be quite honest, I enjoyed Nice, in the French Riviera, a lot more. I spent 4 days in Paris and 4 days in Nice but I would have rather spent 3 days in Paris and 5 days in Nice- that’s how much I liked it!
Nice is a beautiful city right on the Mediterranean Sea. It has an average of a million people living there but has many visitors during the summer months. People claim that there is an average of 300 days of sunshine in Nice! I’m not sure about all that but when I was there, I had beautiful weather.
Let’s start with the Promenade des Anglais. This Promenade is a sidewalk all along the beach. People can bike, scooter, walk, etc. all along this sidewalk. It’s a pretty popular place for people to hang out and for festivals to set up here. I just happened to plan my trip to where we got to experience the Tour de France. We did not know this when we planned but it was an exciting thing to experience! The Tour de France people had all sorts of things lined up on the Promenade. Food, games, hanging out. It was a blast to experience.
The beaches are quite different from the beaches you would find in Florida. They are not the white sand beaches people are accustomed to. They are rock beaches. I would suggest to bring some water shoes if you want to get into the water because it’s actually pretty hard to walk on! I was in Nice in July and the water was pretty cold then. The Mediterranean is typically pretty chilly all year round.
The area where most restaurants were was called Old Town Nice. During the morning there is a famous flower market that is here and at night the restaurants clear it out and set up tables all along the center of the street. The atmosphere is very cool and laid back. Some of the food places are typical tourist traps but there are a few really nice restaurants.
Place de Masséna is typically considered the center of Nice. It’s a very large area filled with people, restaurants, and a beautiful fountain. A tram runs through the middle of it, which is excellent transport for people who are visiting Nice.
My favorite part of Nice was the Chateau de Nice. It was absolutely beautiful. It’s a decent climb, with many steps to get to the top but it is well worth it and the views from the top are stunning. Not only is the scenery great, there is also a lot of history. They had excavation sites where archaeologists were excavating the old Chateau that used to be there. Visiting Chateau de Nice is definitely something everyone should see and do while visiting Nice, France.
I could go on for awhile about how much I loved Nice but I encourage everyone to not only go to Paris but to visit other parts of France. Nice and the rest of the French Riviera was beautiful. France is so much more than just Paris.
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