Trip Start Jan 12, 2011
42Trip End Jan 12, 2013
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So Nice; lovely, warm, friendly, beautiful Nice. It seems so long ago! Claimed to be the Cote d'Azur's most cosmopolitan city it holds fast to a certain charm with draws in an eclectic crowd of skaters, beach bums, the rich... and sometimes the famous. Our hostel was perfectly situated just a few minutes walk from the main beach and Nice's lively old town. Its been so long since we've been to a beach where its warm enough to swim, so naturally it topped the list of things to do. Bags down, togs on and off we went for dip in the Mediterranean sea
Vieux Nice (Old Nice) is set amongst a colourful array of apartment buildings packed neatly together to form a mass of tiny streets, laneways and the occasional place (square/plaza). By day its home to a gorgeous fruit and flower market and by night its bustling with tourists, locals and street performers. We bought lunch from the market nearly every day and feasted upon fresh baguette, croissants, quiche, sun dried tomatoes and deliciously juicy peaches and apricots.
Street performance and entertainment is big business in Nice. We were never short of something or someone to entertain us as we wandered around the old town and esplanade each night. Rollerblading is popular too. Check out the video to see the locals in action.
Wherever we go Tom likes to find some sort of hill or monument to climb and conquer. Nice was no exception. My legs dont agree with hill or large numbers of steps... but somehow I'm always dragged along most unwillingly! Nice's big hill, Colline de Chateau promises panoramic views and a cascade (waterfall). So up we hiked. The view from the top was rather impressive. It's where most of the postcard photographs of Nice are taken. The 'cascade' wasn't nearly so impressive but nevermind!