When some people think of France they automatically think of Paris, which is definitely worth visiting. BUT, there are so much other cities and regions well worth visiting when in France. If you want to escape city life you can head to islands like l’île de Groix in Brittany, or Annecy for hiking in the French Alps, Bordeaux to visit vineyards, the Loire Valley for wine, biking and castles, and the list goes on…
I recently celebrated my 30th birthday in Nice, and enjoyed a much needed weekend outside of Paris. Every time I hop on a train outside of Paris I instantly feel refreshed. For this trip, not much went into planning, my boyfriend took care of booking the hotel and pretty much all I wanted to do was see the ocean, eat good food, and cross off another place in my quest to see more of France.
Mission accomplished, I managed to check everything off my list and more. Here is a little recap of the weekend with suggestions of things to DO/SEE, EAT, and SHOP.
NICE CITY GUIDE: DO, SEE, EAT, SHOP
Promenade des Anglais– take a scenic coastal stroll along the beach, great for people watching
Vieux Nice, you can get lost strolling the small, colorful windy streets for yours
Visit the Marché aux Fleurs to check out some of the local produce and best of all admire the beautiful flowers
And of course, whats a trip to Nice with out going to the BEACH. Most hotels that are near the promenade des anglais will have private beaches that can grab or drink or grab something to eat.
Colline du Chateau– for a beautiful view of the city where you can see the sea and all pink rooftops of Nice apartments.
Take a stroll along the Port and admire the huge bling bling yachts mixed with colorful more down to earth sail boats.
Try some local dishes like a Salad Nicoise, which is a salad with tomatoes, tuna, and olives. Socca which is like a chickpea crepe or La pissaladière, a pizza/tarte like dish with onions, anchovies, and olives.
If you are looking to do a little shopping for some typical goods of the Province region you can find some good finds at the Marché aux Fleurs or strolling down the small streets in Vieux Nice. I brought back some dried lavender, soaps which are typic from Marseille, a hand-woven straw basket (perfect for summertime picnics), and some good ole postcards.
What are some of your favorite places in France?