2 May 2016

City Break to Nice, France

I didn't realise how much I missed being in Nice until I sat down to write this post while it poured with rain outside, wishing I could swap the grey clouds for al fresco dining and sea views. It's quite a photo heavy post but hopefully you'll see why I fell in love with it and make you want to go just as much!
As soon as we landed we made our way onto the airport shuttle from Nice airport to the city centre (it was so much easier to get to and from the airport than I expected!), which stopped right outside Hotel Mercure on the Promenade des Anglais - honestly couldn't have asked for a better hotel in a more perfect location, right on the waterfront and minutes walk from everywhere we wanted to visit. 

The room was huge with really simplistic decor which I love, and we couldn't have asked for a better stay. We seem to have really good luck with hotels, and hoping it stays that way haha!

Even though we were pretty tired, there was no way we were wasting any time and dropped our bags off and went to look for a refuel straight away. I'd seen people post about Bar a Tapas Movida and knew it was just a bit further down the promenade from the hotel, and we managed to bag a spot on the balcony even though it was pretty busy! 

The views were incredible and I don't think there was a better way to feel like we'd arrived than nibbles and cocktails in the sun and watching the world go by. 

Vieux-Nice was next on our list and it was honestly one of the prettiest places I've ever seen, I felt like I'd been transported in time and just being there can make anyone feel relaxed and transported from the rush of the real world. All the better with four scoops from Fenocchio between us (you need to get ice-cream from there, seriously good!).

So colourful, I honestly couldn't get enough and I don't think I've ever been more inclined to look up the entire time so I didn't miss anything.

To be quite honest I wasn't too sure what to expect from Nice, but I fell in love with it beyond any expectations. I felt like I was in some kind of movie and at every turn we were like 'is this place even real?!' too quaint for its own good. 

After all the walking around and smelling pretty much every kind of cuisine possible, we decided we needed some pizza in our lives (how creative of us) and stopped off at La Favola which you can check out right here. The pizza was great and I definitely outdone myself on the cheese front, but the real star of the show was this Chocolate l'eclair Gianduja. It was too good for words and we genuinely considered getting a second one, if you're ever in Nice, go and get it (and possibly bring me one back too?). 

The rest of our time was pretty much spent in the same way - exploring, eating and just generally wishing it wouldn't end. 

We walked along the promenade and discovered these cliffs and obviously had to get involved and start climbing and before we knew it we'd been sat on the cliffs for hours just chatting and looking out onto the water without even realising it. 

Next on our agenda was to go and check out the best views of Nice from the Colline du Chateau, a little further from the promenade. Wear sensible shoes, there are a LOT of stairs.

But when you get to the top, those stairs are more than worth it. Nice was seriously showing off and the sun and blue skies made all the colours come to life. 

 After the walk back down, the sun was setting and we decided to have a seat on the infamous white benches and watch - perfect ending to the day and made me feel so grateful that I could be there to see this little part of the world that I never expected to love so much.

 Just a few more of the old town, in case you haven't had enough!

I really hope you've enjoyed this post, we also went on a day trip to Monaco while we were there and that post will be going up really soon!

Let me know if you've visited Nice before and if you haven't, let me know if I've tempted you! 

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