Fair warning, I think this is going to be a massive post so grab yourself a cup of tea and a slice of cake and make sure that you are comfy!
As some of you may have seen on my social media accounts, I’ve just got back from a weekend away in Nice. I went away with my Mum and Nana, as a celebration of our birthdays (both Mum and I were born in April). We were there Friday evening to Monday lunchtime and had a fantastic time!
We were supposed to have Friday afternoon in Nice as well but unfortunately we had a three hour delay going out. It was a bit annoying but I can’t fault Jet2’s customer service through the whole thing – it really stopped things escalating and meant we still enjoyed our holiday, even if it got started a little later than we had first planned.
Since we were so late, we decided to grab some dinner and have a quick stroll around the area near our hotel on the Friday night but to save our exploring for the Saturday.
We decided that Saturday would be our main tourist-y day and so we got a Riviera Pass for the day. This cost 26 euros for the day but was well worth the investment. The pass covered the hop on/ hop off bus, entry to the museums and lots of cool, free extras. We even managed to do a free wine tasting with the pass!
Since we didn’t really know the city at all, we started with the hop on/ hop off bus, which allowed us to see many of the city’s sights. Some were more unusual than others, as you will be able to see…
We jumped off the bus at the top of Cimiez Hill in Nice. Here, we took advantage of our free entry to the museums and went to the Musee de Matisse (which was alright) and the archaeological museum. While the archaeological museum was small, it was a really nice place to visit and is home to some beautiful Roman ruins which you can walk around.
A short walk away is an old church and monastery, which is stunning. There is an unbelievable amount of history inside. Plus, the gardens are beautiful and offer the most amazing views of Nice. It was a real highlight of the trip for me. I’m sure you can see why:
After taking our time exploring Cimiez, it was time to get back on the bus. This time, we got off in the Old Town where we took a slow mooch through the streets. If ever there was a place to take your time wandering around, it’s in the Old Town. There are plenty of little vendors, live music and great foodie places to occupy your time.
Speaking of foodie places, I can’t not mention George’s Roll, which served the most amazing seafood sarnies and Angea, where I had some of the best macarons that I have ever had.
On Sunday, we went to Eze, the beautiful mountain top town that you can see above. It’s about 20 minutes away by bus but well worth it if you get the chance. It is medieval in origin and full of winding alleyways and beautiful views. If you get the chance, pay to enter the Jardin Exotique – it is amazing!
While we were there, we picked up the parts of a picnic that we then had later that evening. There is nothing quite look good wine, good bread and good cheese in my books!
We returned to Nice on the Sunday evening. We decided to climb the many, many steps to the Parc de la Colline Du Chateau. This is the site of the original castle hill of the city and offers the most beautiful views of the city from above. It is quite difficult to get to, with a few too many steps for Nana. If you fancy the challenge however, it is worth the trek.
Then, we headed to the Hotel Negresco for cocktails. This was our luxurious treat of the trip as it is both stunning and expensive to go to. However, it is home to the original Negroni if that is your cup of tea.
We didn’t have too long left on Monday morning so we decided to go for some shopping, a walk on the beach and an ice cream on the promenade before we needed to get the bus back to the airport. It was a lovely way to spend a couple of hours before lunch and allowed us to see some of the parts of the city that we still hadn’t had a chance to see!
All too soon, it was time to head home but I think we would all love to go back and visit again soon. A weekend was the perfect taste of the South of France but now I’m hungry for a little more.