12.7.17

WANDERING AROUND; NICE, THE FRENCH RIVIERA

For our annual girls holiday, this year we opted for the beautiful and well appreciated South of France. We based ourselves mainly in Nice however did venture elsewhere later in the week of which i'll be writing about soon! We flew in to Nice from London Gatwick and after two quick and relatively comfortable hours, we were in the heat and glory of this lovely part of the world. It was a very short taxi ride from the airport to the hotel which made life so easy. We freshened up, unpacked a little and then headed out to take in the coastline. Our hotel was a five minute walk from the beach and I would highly recommend. We were in the Ibis Styles, which I will write about too shortly.
Nice itself feels very relaxed and tranquil. The area didn't feel as rich and obnoxious as people had pre-warned, more of a classic holiday destination. The area is in two parts, the 'Old Town' and the 'New Town'. Walking through the Old Town you wander through these little streets and narrow lanes between the gorgeous tall buildings. Full of traditional eateries, places to drink and of course, ice cream! Definitely worth heading down this end for your evening meals as we did. The beaches are pebble beaches which I personally was delighted with as I hate sand! But it doesn't make for the most comfortable sun bathing so opt for the loungers you have to pay for. Alot of people also had rock shoes for going in the sea but I found once you were in the water, it was fine.
I'd heard about and seen alot on instagram, this cute little lunch spot called Emilies. We stumbled across it on our first day and headed straight in for some treats. There are two in Nice, which unfortunately we didn't know at the time and ended up in the smaller one of the two. I'd recommend finding the bigger of the two, located at 1 Rue de la Préfecture as the one we went in was very small and squeezed in for the heat! My friend was hungry and picked the quiche and after some 'mmm' noises confirmed she very much enjoyed it. I had to try the infamous cookies which were highly recommended and they were delicious! We both had a juice as well and this was the perfect thing to quench our thirsts.
Another food spot i'd recommend is Gaglio, a lovely restaurant in the Old Town. We found this place after a 20 minute stroll from our hotel, we sat outside under a very much appreciated water mister and swiftly ordered some cocktails. My all time fave being a pina colada, I was so happy to see it on the menu! They had some amazing looking meals and we both opted for some pasta, I had the gnocci in pesto and Michaela had classic carbonara.
Down through the Old Town, you'll find the flower and fruit market every day from 6am - 5pm I believe. Some stunning blooms and very juicy looking fruits, I wish I had more luggage space to bring some back with me! There are many eateries along side the market if you wish to stay around and enjoy the bustle.
Heading down the coastline towards Monacco, you will reach the 'Castle Hill' which is a landmark worth heading to as you can climb up some steps (several steps, but well worth it!) up to the most beautiful view point and a big park to sit in the shade and relax. We also headed back at sunset to appreciate the colours in the sky.
I hope you enjoyed my little photo set of my time in Nice and a few recommendations thrown in there too. It was a lovely place to relax in and we had such a lovely week.
J X
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