A Weekend in The South of France - Nice
Three things come to mind when I think of Nice or the south of France, they are the Cannes film festival, St. Tropez and the Tour de France. All glamorous, sexy, fast things and my weekend in Nice included all three. Whether it was my morning run up a 5k steep mountain holding a fresh croissant, while tone spandex clad triathlete rode pass me or the vibrant open-air Sunday market where every stall had my mouth-watering in anticipation of devouring the cheese, wine and sun-dried tomatoes or sunbathing topless at the beach under the hot Mediterranean sun. Nice gave me all the sexiness one girl could handle and more.
Here is my guide to a weekend in the South of France - Nice!
After being invited for a weekend to the south of France, by a friend who was born there. I could not resist taking her up on the offer. Having seen yachts the size of houses, Royce Rolls and pictures of sexy movie stars at the Cannes film festival. I wanted to see what the hype was all about and let me tell you, it’s all real
The transport in Nice is good and easy to use, however as I was staying with a friend so we hired a car and she knowing the roads along the mountains, particularly at night, drove.
While driving from the airport, I quickly realised that most drivers on the roads in Nice were crazy. Whether it was driving towards oncoming traffic or doing a u-turn on a carriage-way. The drivers in Nice had no regards for road safety.
Boulevard de la Croisette
Walking on the sidewalk along the famous Boulevard de la Croisette in Cannes was surreal. On one side of the boulevard out-stretched the Mediterranean Sea and on the other side were some of the most expensive boutiques, I have ever seen. However, to get the real feel of Cannes away from the celebrity glitter you only needed to walk a few kilometres along the smaller side streets.
Along these streets was where I found the most amazing little gelato shop, where the rum and raisin ice cream actually had ‘RUM’ in it and was so good I had to pay them a visit on my second night.
The food in Nice will leave you wanting more, from the freshest prawns in the paella brought at the open-air Sunday street market, to the freshly baked bread dipped in virgin olive oil or a fillet of turbot in a light tomato puree. I found that the food was always fresh and had an intense flavour to it. In the South of France food is not just a thing you place on a plate but an art form.
France is known for its pastries and desserts and in Nice, it was no different there was a dessert for every occasion.
You can’t visit Nice or the South of France and not visit one of the golden beaches ....... nothing like Porthmeor Beach, in Cornwall. I found Plage du Midi beach mostly used by locals and was less busy than the main beach along the Plage de la Croisette.
I didn’t get as much time as I would've liked to explore Nice and visit more of the south of France on this trip but for a quick weekend. I enjoyed my visit and will be returning to see more of this golden paradise.