You can feel the atmosphere that fills picturesquely narrow streets during the day or night. The streets are packed with shops and shoppers. Small restaurants, food, meat, produce, pasta, clothes, gifts, anything and everything. You can buy wine by the bottle or the barrel (bring your own container) and an amazing variety of fresh-made ravioli and other pasta.
The harbor of Nice
If you like boats, you are going to love this place! Nobody bothered us while we were walking around taking pictures, so take advantage of this.
The entrance is on Quai Papacino (across Confiserie Florian).
MORE INFO: http://www.riviera-ports.com/french/ports/situation/nice/nice.htm
(plaisance = sailing, yachting) The sparkling eyes of my hubby! He loves boats!
Take some comfortable shoes!
Take comfortable shoes for walking, you will probably do quite alot. I ended up with blisters, even though I thought I had comfortable shoes on. (Blister plasters are also useful). This is due to a combimation of no socks, heat and alot of cobbled streets.
Also an absolute necessity, are beach/water shoes, as the pebbles can be very hard on the feet. Sun cream.
Beach shoes for the pebbles.
Plasters for blisters
and a large 1960's sun hat for the pose!
Red lipstick and some ever so cool shades (preferably Chanel) are also essential, with a large floppy sunhat.
or even a silk slip and a ciggarette holder? ; ) Take lots of film, things to photograph at every turn.
Take a car and visit the small...
Take a car and visit the small villages around Nice such as Mougins, which I loved...
Valbonne, was built in 1119 by monks according to a checkerboard orthogonal design. The mill was built at the same time and attracted a number of villagers around the abbey. Up until the creation of Sophia Antipolis high-tech centre in April 1972, Valbonne was a quiet little village concentrated around its 12th century Romanesque church...
From the mid 1970s, major firms in the private sector - from teaching to research - set up business in Sophia Antipolis. Ten years later, there were more than 120 companies in the pine forest.
Stroll along the shaded path of 'La Brague' river up to Biot. All around Sophia Antipolis, you can stroll through the Valmasque forest (some 430 ha): pines, green oaks, botanical trails.
Saint Paul de Vence : a favorite with celebrities and lovers of Provence, Saint Paul is just the place for a stroll in the midst of charm and liveliness, with narrow streets and building of ancient stone. Saint Paul de Vence used to be a 'royal borough' under the direct authority of the King of France. In 1537, a continuous village wall was built at the request of François I. This construction required the destruction of 700 homes and the inhabitants were forced to leave their village. They then founded the neighbouring village of La Colle sur Loup.
You can find the famous 'Maeght Foundation' ,a collection of modern art works, established in 1964 in exceptional surroundings. The gardens house sculptures and mosaics by famous artists: Miro, Giacometti, Chagall, Braque... the Foundation also mounts top quality temporary exhibitions.
Get your lotions and soaps here!
This small little storefront is filled to the brim with great smelling lotions, soaps and other delectables from the area. I loved the Sweet Almond lotion. Brought back a variety of soaps for my friends.