Nice, France: Out and About
When it has been so gloomy in London, don’t you catch yourself searching every location on Easyjet for the weekend you are free and get tempted to book the cheapy flights? I did just that. Goodbye rainy London, boujour Nice!
It is Golden Week in Japan. A series of Bank Holidays that Japanese people make the most out of and book the whole week off. My father came from Tokyo to London for the week, and I somehow in my desperate desire to get a dose of natural Vitamin D, booked us a flight to Nice.
After we had landed in Nice Airport, got the EUR 13 Uber ride to the AirBnB apartment that I had arranged right on the beach in the centre of town, I realised I had not made any plans.
Luckily Nice is not the biggest of towns as a tourist. The weather at end of April was mild with plenty of sunshine rays hitting our pale complexions. We went for a stroll on the promenade on the waterside and saw this mini train parked on the road with lots of people getting on, and so we jumped on too!
It was a 1 hour sightseeing train that does a very good overview of all the sights in town, from going all the way up the hill to the castle and back down along all the windy little side alleys too. It is not only the perfect excuse to rest your feet if you are not much of a walker like me, but you get to see so much of the town to get the feel for where things are, and only for EUR 8 it really was no brainer. Definately recommend this as a first day thing to do!
The market is also another highlight in town – lots of local small businesses setting up stalls selling plants, bouquet of flowers, saucisson (I love that word!), cheese, fresh meat and fish, veggies, lavender goods and painted tiles.
When feeling pekish, I would highly recommend heading down to beach level to seek refuge away from the midday sun underneath the stripy blue and white umbrellas of some wonderful restaurants.
We tried a couple but where already full, so tried Ruhl Plage, which turned out to be absolutely perfect.
Just behind couple of rows of sun loungers, there was a terrace with tables serving fresh local food. We went for prawn linguine and seafood risotto. The menu looked a little tatty and I was apprehensive that the food might be microwaved, but no, it was fresh, cooked very well and super tasty! When in France, you really cannot doubt the food, can you? Amazing. Even the most simple and basic of places does food really well!
After we were full and content, we want back up to the promenade where there is all these blue chairs lined up and locals sit and chill. With a view like that of the blue ocean ahead, can you blame them?
Play your heart out Mr Sax.