A couple of people asked me if i was going to write a post about my recent trip to Nice, and as i had so many photos and experienced so many wonderful things. I thought why not?
Nice is located on the French Riviera, in the South of France.
We travelled from Liverpool John Lennon Airport to Nice Côte d’Azur International Airport. The flight was a little over 2 hours, and we had pre-booked a taxi (45 euro) to take us to our hotel in central Nice.
We arrived Thursday afternoon around 5pm, and our flight wasn’t until 10pm Saturday night, so we had just over 48 hours to explore.
Even though we had a short amount of time in Nice, we managed to jam pack in so much.
Where we stayed?
We stayed in the Best Western New York, which is central in the main shopping area in Nice. The location was top notch.The rooms where spacious, beds comfy, everywhere was very clean and the staff where friendly. I highly recommend it, as a base.
Over the road we had the beautiful Notre Dame Nice, and the Mono Prix, which is a huge supermarket with everything you could ever need. Me and my Mum spent a good hour in there browsing/getting lost, haha!
In a way I am glad we don’t have a Sephora in the UK, it always feel like it is such a treat to visit and pick up all the goodies we can’t get here, it makes them feel extra special.
What we did?
On the first full day we took a walk through the centre and to the Place Massena, the city’s main square.
We took a stroll down the Promenade Des Anglais which is 7km long. We had a good nose admiring the beach, sea and sites, and taking full advantage of the sunshine.
We stopped at some cafes for coffee, and then ventured into the old town. We basically walked everywhere and explored. My Health App told me on my iPhone that we had done around 20,000 steps.
So yup a lot of walking.
We then ventured back to our hotel, had a late lunch and freshened up. In the evening we had a private tour booked to Monte Carlo.
We booked the tour through Viator and it cost around £55 per person.
We was collected at 7pm by a lady called Camille, she stated there was another couple coming on the tour with us, but once we got to there hotel, they cancelled, so it was just me and Mum.
The journey was amazing. Camille was a fountain of knowledge, she told us all about the towns we was passing through, and pulled over so we could take a couple of pictures of this spectacular view. If i was to return i would visit Eze, it sounded like a beautiful village and is famous for its beauty and charm.
The journey from Nice to Monaco takes around 40 minutes, and the drive is nothing short of breathtaking.
When we arrived in Monte Carlo we was completely blown away.
It was like a set from a movie.
The grandeur and wealth oozed out of every part. It was an experience i will never forget.
Our tour guide called it Disney Land for adults, and another person called it La La Land.
Haha, so I think you get the picture, it’s a million miles from reality.
I was so excited to visit the casino as it’s the one featured in the film Casino Royale.
We then took a stroll down the hill admiring the stunning architecture and yachts.
When we reached the bottom we found a little restaurant and ate pizza and drank beer.
Because well it’s all about balance! Haha!
Camille picked us up, after we spent around 3 hours in Monte Carlo, and back to Nice we went.
(I am sorry about the quality of the pictures it was so dark, and there was so many lights, they are not the best quality)
What we did?
We was up bright and early and took a walk down to the old town. There we had some breakfast and walked to the pick-up-point for the hop-on and hop-off tour bus. The bus cost 22 euro, and that was for the full day.
The bus worked its way up to the Castle of Nice. The views where spectacular. We didn’t get off at the castle just because it was so busy, and my Mum wanted to visit the Marc Chagall Museum.
The area was quiet and the museum was off the beaten track. It was a nice change to the bustling streets in central Nice.
I must be honest when I am not with my Mum, I don’t tend to visit galleries and museums, but every time I reluctantly go along with her I thoroughly enjoy it. The Marc Chagall museum was no exception.
The Nice national Marc Chagall museum, was created by the artist’s will to bring together in one purpose-built place his most important biblical works : the 17 paintings which make up the Biblical Message.
After we looked at the paintings, a theatre caught my eye and we ventured in. It was a movie all about Marc Chagall, and it was so moving. It documented his life and his inspiration. He was such a likeable man and it really brought to life all the paintings we had looked at.
It cost £10 per person, and I would highly recommend if you visit Nice.
What we ate?
On our first evening, tired and hungry we basically set up base at the first restaurant that caught our eye, and damn we touched lucky. Very lucky.
Just at the side of the Notre Dame was Le Socrate and it served the best Lebanese food I had ever tried.
We ordered between us:
- Chicken taouk (2 skewers of chicken breast marinated in lemon and garlic)
- Spicy Potatoes
- Roasted Aubergine
The chicken skewers were served with rice, salad and hoummous, and cost a bargain 13 euros.
We sat outside and ate our food whilst the sun set. The whole meal was fresh and tasty.
It was so good, we nipped back the next day and had a late lunch there before our trip to Monte Carlo.
Camille our tour guide who drove us to Monte Carlo told us to visit Pierre Herme.
She told us that he makes the best macaroons in the world, and that they are even better than Ladurée.
Priced at around two euro per macaroon we picked 4, and shared with a glass of wine.
I can confirm they are better than Ladurée, they are the best I have ever tried.
- Hazelnut Praline & Crisp Praline.
- Rose, Litchi & Raspberry.
- Salted Caramel.
As the South of France is so close to Italy, there are a lot of Italian restaurants. Pasta is hands down my favourite food, and i opted for the biggest bowl i could find. I didn’t jot the name down as i was so hungry, but the restaurant was amazing it was on Rue De France and facing Rina’s, another restaurant.
We then ventured back to our hotel, freshened up and made our way to the airport.
It was a fantastic mini-break, and i highly recommend Nice if you have never visited.
I will be returning.
Sooner rather than later, i hope.