nice holds a very special place in my heart. the first time i went there i was 17. i took a train with my grandma from her small village. at the time i was au pairing in switzerland but starting to feel homesick and over it, so i went and stayed at my grandmas in provence for a couple of months. at the time she was sharing a little stone house with her friend and a cheeky staffie named "shmoo". who would have thought a summer with my grandma would be one of my most fun and memorable times of my life? this is when i first really explored and road tripped through provence. we got lost in villages, saw lavender fields for the first time, experienced authentic bouillabaisse in marseille and hiked through the mountains.
but yes, back to nice. i had no idea what or where i was going when i first went? as we arrived i could see the mediterranean ocean from the train! it blew me away. so beautiful. bright aqua blue, with white pebbles lining the shore. much different to the beaches we have at home in queensland.
we stayed in her good friend's home in the hills of nice. her house was so beautiful. it had a big balcony covered in huge plants and vines, overlooking the ocean. she also had the most beautiful art and sculptures throughout her home. her son was an architect and helped her design and decorate the house. she was an old friend of my grandma's and i had seen her a little bit throughout my life when she’d come visit us in australia. she treated me with such love and warmth.
we explored the beach and old town, had ice cream and looked at the museums. since this experience i have always made an effort to go back to nice every time i’m in france.
i've been back a couple of times with anders. here are some photos of our last trip together. below i've listed a few of our highlights and things i would recommend to any friend or family member visiting nice. <3 when going through the photos i didn't even realise there is totally a blue/ red theme throughout!
HIGHLIGHTS OF NICE
- renting a sun lounge on the beach. tanning, swimming, drinking kronenbourg and eating food there all day.
- walking around and getting lost in old town (vieux nice), wandering through the markets, cute cafes, restuarants, churches and admiring the beautiful old buildings.
- watching the sunsets at promenade de anglais
- having ice cream at fenocchio glacier. it's famous. they have about 100 flavours some including lavender, cactus and rose.
- moules-frites aka mussels with french fries. they are everywhere! get them. do it. i’ll be doing a recipe on these soon! here is how anders likes to eat them.
- stayed at hotel les cigales. this hotel was cute and had a little rooftop terrace. very typical old french, so nothing too new and modern about it but we could walk everywhere from there.
- dinner at a place called la p'tite cocotte. a cute little restaurant in old town. the menu changes every day. the night we went we had rabbit stew, pork and fennel sausage in creamy polenta, squid ink risotto with scallops, veal with a broccoli and parmesan mash and toblerone creme brulee.