Traveling To Nice And The South Of France

Traveling To Nice And The South Of France



Nice is​ in​ the​ south of​ France. the​ Queen of​ the​ French Riviera,​ which the​ French call " la Cote d'Azur" (AzureCoast or​ Blue Coast). it​ is​ a​ wonderful city with lots of​ charm and character; a​ mixture of​ French and Italian cultures where the​ people are easy-going and friendly even if​ you​ don't speak French.

Although you​ might think it​ is​ a​ summer resort,​ you​ can visit Nice at​ any time of​ the​ year and still have a​ good time. if​ you​ happen to​ go in​ the​ winter,​ you​ will be surprised to​ see flowers in​ their numerous parks and gardens. Nice has a​ Mediterranean winter,​ so the​ temperature stays around 40 to​ 50 degrees during the​ coldest months but if​ you​ like skiing,​ ski resorts such as​ Valberg and Isola 2000 can be reached by car in​ one or​ two hours. if​ you​ go in​ the​ summer,​ get ready to​ share the​ city with lots of​ tourists. the​ popular streets where most restaurants and cafes are,​ can get crowded,​ but they can be a​ lot of​ fun if​ you​ enjoy people watching; and since most of​ the​ streets are closed to​ traffic,​ it​ is​ not hard to​ just walk around and enjoy the​ upbeat atmosphere.

Nice has a​ major airport and its close location to​ the​ city makes getting there a​ cinch.

Finding a​ hotel should be easy,​ since there are plenty of​ accommodations for all kinds of​ budgets. the​ author is​ a​ frequent guest of​ the​ Meridien Hotel,​ a​ 4 star hotel located on​ the​ Promenade des Anglais,​ facing the​ Bay of​ Angels (Baie des Anges).

-Things to​ see in​ Nice:

-Promenade des Anglais. the​ Victorian English residents of​ the​ 1800's provided the​ funds to​ build the​ beautiful boulevard,​ hence its name. it​ is​ a​ wide avenue that follows the​ bay's coast line and it's lined with beautiful palm trees and flowers.

-Hotel Negresco. Beautiful and glamorous,​ it​ is​ located at​ 37 Promenade des Anglais and if​ you​ are not rich enough to​ stay there,​ you​ must go and see it.

-Old Nice. Winding narrow streets with Italianate buildings painted in​ earthly colors,​ describes this old part of​ the​ city. you​ will enjoy strolling. people watching and quaint little shops full of​ charming provencal crafts.

-Marche aux Fleurs. Located on​ the​ Cours Saleya,​ the​ flower market is​ Open Tuesday through Sunday,​ 7am-5pm,​ but if​ you​ decide to​ go,​ check with your hotel for the​ hours of​ operation. you​ can also have lunch or​ dinner there,​ where a​ large variety of​ restaurants set up tables and chairs outside where you​ can dine in​ a​ pleasant and fun atmosphere.

-Marc Chagall Museum. if​ you​ like modern art,​ you​ can catch a​ glimpse of​ the​ painter's most important collection. the​ hours of​ operation vary depending on​ the​ season so check with your hotel clerk before you​ go.

Nice is​ so well located that you​ can take half-day and full-day trips either by car or​ by public transportation.

Easily reached towns by car or​ public transportation are: Monaco,​ Eze,​ Grasse,​ St Paul de Vence,​ Cannes and St Tropez.

-Monaco- a​ symbol of​ glamour and elegance,​ Monaco sits on​ a​ beautiful stretch of​ the​ Mediterranean coast. Its most famous town Monte Carlo,​ has much to​ offer with its casinos,​ boutiques and exotic gardens. Don't forget to​ visit the​ village of​ Monaco,​ located high on​ "the rock" as​ it​ is​ affectionally called by the​ locals. it​ is​ a​ charming town with shops and cafes and a​ wonderful view of​ the​ sea.

-Eze- This small medieval village perched on​ a​ hill is​ a​ must see. Both tourists and artists flock to​ Eze during the​ summer months because of​ its picturesque setting and magnificent vues. if​ you​ are staying in​ Nice,​ you​ can make it​ a​ half-day trip or​ just stop there for lunch and continue to​ Monaco for a​ full-day trip. if​ you​ are feeling rich,​ have lunch at​ the​ Chevre d'Or. the​ restaurant offers fine cuisine and breathtaking panoramas. the​ restaurant is​ only open for lunch.

-Grasse- Considered the​ perfume capital of​ France Grasse is​ a​ small hilly town with beautiful parks and panoramic views. I you​ go to​ Grasse,​ you​ must visit the​ perfume factories. the​ biggest is​ Parfumerie Fragonard. an​ English speaking guide will show you​ the​ process of​ extracting the​ perfume from hundreds of​ pounds of​ flower petals.

-St Paul de Vence- a​ picture perfect medieval town,​ sitting on​ top of​ a​ hill,​ St Paul de Vence has been painted by many artists and photographed by thousands of​ tourists. it​ is​ located 19 miles from Nice. Enjoy a​ meal at​ the​ famous Colombe d'Or Restaurant or​ sip a​ beer at​ an​ outdoor cafe while watching a​ local game of​ petanque.

-Cannes- Cannes sits on​ the​ shores of​ La Napoule bay,​ sorrounded by a​ backdrop of​ Mediterranean hills. While Nice has the​ Promenade des Anglais,​ Cannes has la Croisette Boulevard,​ an​ elegant promenade,​ lined with palm trees and and gardens. Cannes hosts the​ famous Cannes Film Festival every year and it​ is​ most favored by celebrities. So if​ you​ go,​ make sure to​ do a​ lot of​ people watching,​ because you​ never know...

-St Tropez- Once a​ small fishing village,​ St Tropez is​ now a​ summer place for the​ jet set. Its setting on​ the​ southern shore of​ France,​ made it​ attractive to​ turn-of-the-century artists who were then followed by writers,​ poets and eventually movie stars and their fans. it​ is​ now internationally famous.

So get your tickets,​ book your hotel and go to​ the​ south of​ France. I promise you​ will have an​ unforgettable experience.




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