Nice is a popular destination for honeymooners. The views are gorgeous, the beach is alluring, the food is delicious and the shopping is so very French. So it’s not surprising that a few of the people we have met along the way mentioned that they were stopping in Nice as part of their honeymoon. We met a fantastic young newlywed couple from Canada living across the hall from us in our airbnb apartment. It was wonderful to speak English and we enjoyed gushing about various wedding/love stories.
Nice has an amazing downtown area filled with boutiques, restaurants and gelato shops. There is an archeological dig site of the castle ruins that we hiked to with our new friends. We witnessed one excavator use a vacuum cleaner to keep her area of the site tidy – who knew that vacuums were classic archeological instruments?
The views were unbelievable and, though I played around with the images quite a bit, I could not improve them with photoshop. We dined on fancy things like mussels and lavender gelato and Â enjoyed beers on the beach. The beach is rocky which makes swimming a bit rough without water shoes, but it does make for some good sitting since there is no sand getting in anywhere unpleasant.
Without pressing touristic matters to attend to we were free to use our leisure time meandering through the old city or relaxing on the beach. We stumbled upon an Irish pub with a live band so we popped in for a quick pint. Irish brews are expensive (outside of Ireland) and I wonder if the pub owners know that they can make money off of expats who long for a bit of English. The band was good and we left a Hup Holland hamster as part of our tip. We acquired about 30 of them from our grocery store in Amsterdam as a promo during the World Cup. I’ve been dropping them all over France, mostly on people’s parked bicycles or in restaurants and hotels. Who doesn’t like a good hamster?
After a lovely week in Nice we headed off to Antibes – just up the coast.
See the rest of our Nice pics here.