Exploring Nice, France

Exploring Nice, France – As a designer, with a love of color, photography and adventure, when the chance to explore a part of the world full of architectural bliss and rich color palettes, you don’t think about it, you just go!

NICE – HOME BASE

Flying into Nice, you’re greeted with this phenomenal view of the city and beyond, just waiting to be explored. As France’s fifth largest city, Nice offers the perfect home base to explore various areas of the Côte d’Azur, a.k.a. the French Riviera. With Italy only an hour west of the city, you’ll find a lot of Italian restaurants and influences.

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NAVIGATING NICE

Staying close to all the action, I highly recommend L’Hotel Massena. It provides perfect access to old town, the beach, and shopping – from the tiny boutiques to the more well-known stores. Newly renovated rooms, modern, clean and well…it’s just perfect! When you opened the large terrace windows, you could hear the hustle and bustle of the city below and yet, once closed, you forgot you were downtown!

LHotel Massena

 

Not far from our hotel is this little gem – day or night this proved to be a beautiful walk-through park and splash pad for the anyone wanting too cool off – though if you’re older than 10 people might wonder 😉

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Right next to this park is Massena Square – busy throughout the day with tourists on foot, train or pedal bikes, transforming at night to a place for creative artists to show their talents.

place massena

 

SHOPPING

It goes without saying you’ll want to explore the many boutiques and stores found throughout old and new Nice! My favorite by far was exploring the narrow, winding roads of old town full of amazing boutiques like this spice shop. I mean who wouldn’t love to stop at the store for freshly ground spices to add to that night’s meal?!? Stores were not only unique in product, but beautiful to look at as well!

spice shop

 

EATING

Ahhh….just thinking about this makes me want to return. So many choices when it comes to food – French, Italian and even sushi if your heart desires! My favorite part, choosing a restaurant, grabbing a seat to watch the world go by while sipping a wonderful glass of Cotes-du-Rhone and eating food that melts in your mouth! From crepes with a scoop of rich chocolate ice cream to a chocolate-lined croissant, you’ll find something something to meet your needs at any time of the day (can you tell I have a love of chocolate?!)

Imagine sitting here…

dining scene

 

…enjoying food like this…

herbes de provence ravioli

 

…finishing with desserts like this…

tiramisu

 

…need I say more?

 

THE MARKETS

Make your way to Cours Saleya (follow the signs) and you’re in for a treat! Shopping the open-air markets are amazing! To see so much fresh food (EVERY MORNING!) from spices and meats, to fruits and vegetables, you can’t help but want this on a daily basis. I can see myself waking every morning, stopping for a cappuccino and  pain au chocolat (can a chocolate croissant be part of a healthy diet?), moving on to buy food for the day as well as a fresh flower arrangement for my kitchen table. Yes, I can see living this daily life…

market

Fruit

veggies

flowers

 

ARCHITECTURE

Reflecting both French and Italian styles, the architecture around Nice is a sight to see. From the details, colors and sizes, I couldn’t get enough! There is nothing like winding down a cobblestone street, coming to a small fork in the path, to then be presented with a slender building tucked between two new paths. :) I also found I have a fascination with the mix of wooden doors against stone frames…add in well-worn lettering…LOVE!

 

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street corner

Le Necresco

 

THE SCENERY

Last but certainly not least – a view like no other! Climbing Castle Hill you’re able to take in all of Nice in it’s glory.

 

coastline

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I hope you’ve enjoyed the journey through Nice as we saw it! Moving through the Côte d’Azur, next stop will be CANNES, red carpet and all!