Around six weeks ago, I went on a short break to Nice with my mama and it was pretty beaut! I had recently got over my fear of flying and wanted to give it a go (and I'll find any excuse for a holiday). We went to Nice for a long weekend and I loved every minute of it. The approach for the airport is amazing, although I only saw it when leaving as we had loads of cloud when we landed. For May, the temperature was around 24 degrees which suited us fine and meant we got some time on the beach (with amazing turquoise sea. Seriously, no filter on the pics above!) It was the perfect short break with so much to see and do.
My biggest mistake? Not leaving enough room in my bag! Nice has a maze of shops and department stores. From big designer brands to independent boutiques, Nice has got you covered and you could easily spend the day shopping. Galeries Lafayette is worth a visit, even if it is just to stare at the beautiful Michael Kors bags!
I'm shocked I didn't take any food photos. I am usually that person taking a photo of every meal and Instagramming it instantly! Basically, you will not be short of places to eat in Nice. My tip would be to try some of the smaller independent bakeries for lunch. I wish I could remember the one we went to, the lady was lovely and even rewarded me with free macaroons for ordering everything in French! Their homemade eclairs and pizzas are to die for. We also ate at the restaurant on the rooftop of our hotel which was amazing (Le Splendid - check out my review).
As with most European places, the people of Nice do tend to speak English although it does vary from person to person. We found everyone to be friendly and polite, however, if you're prepared to brush up on your merci's and sil vous plait's I've found you do get more brownie points! I can speak a little French anyway but even just saying bonjour and trying to order food in French can earn you more respect and a smile (or some free macaroons, y'never know).
One of my favourite days was Monaco. It was about a 20-30 minute train ride straight into Monaco and the view from Monaco's station was incredible (bottom left photo!) We wandered round cobbled streets and down to the modern marina, we saw all the grand prix areas as it was taking place around the time we visited, we trekked up so many hills and found a lovely royal palace to wander round. Everyone says Monaco is expensive, but we did find a cheap place to eat and some cheaper shops. If you get the chance, Monaco is well worth doing and the train only costs about 7 euros for a return.
One of the main things that drew us to Nice was the fact it was a city break and beach break all in one. The beach in the city is pebbly so we ended up going to one of the private beach areas and renting out a couple of sun beds and parasol (I think it was 30 euros in total for half a day). These tend to have restaurants and bars too which is nice if you're going to spend the afternoon there. There are sandy beaches outside of Nice if you don't mind a short journey for the feel of sand between your toes.
I can't wait to go back for a longer holiday as I would love to do Cannes too. Have you been to Nice/have any recommendations for the area?