Next up on our European vacation itinerary was checking out what life was like in the south of France. I had always dreamed about what the French Riviera must be like. But now I was actually able to taste it. And trust me, it’s SO good.
For a central location, we decided to stay in the seaside town of Nice, France. And to be honest, I wasn’t sure what to expect from Nice. But I found myself being pleasantly surprised by how beautiful and calm the city is.
We stayed in an awesome little Airbnb near Vieille Ville (Old Town). This was the perfect location because it felt super central. We were able to walk to restaurants, the beach, parks, and more.
Once we settled in, our first task at hand was to, of course, go down and check out the beachfront. And I must say, the walk down was quite beautiful. Our route went through the new city park of Promenade du Paillon. We had 80-degree weather that day. And so it was fun to watch the kids playing in the water mirror (which I was kind of obsessed with as well).
One of our favorite places to spend the afternoon was near the Cours Saleya market. It’s full of beautiful flowers and charming courtyard restaurants. We’d spend hours sitting at an outdoor table, sipping on wine, eating, and chatting about life.
With our bellies full, we walked around the maze of alleyways that make up Old Town. It’s full of little shops, markets, cathedrals, and bars. I’m almost certain that one could get lost in there for hours.
One of my favorite days while in the south of France was our day trip to the seaside town of Beaulieu-Sur-Mer. It’s a quick 20-minute train ride from Nice. And I would recommend going here if you’re looking for a relaxing beach day away from the city crowds.
Once you get into the village, make your way to Anao Plage to enjoy a private beach, day beds, umbrellas, and bar service. Call ahead of time to make a reservation. Then settle in and get ready for the most relaxing day. We listened to music, read our books, sipped on chilled rosé, and went swimming in the sea.
I have fond memories of this particular day. If you haven’t done so, it’s hard to explain how exhilarating it is to swim in the sea on a warm day. Let’s just say I left Beaulieu-Sur-Mer feeling completely refreshed.
Oh, and if life couldn’t get any better, we had the most lovely sunset once we got back to Nice.
Ready for more? Here’s the second blog post I did about our time in the French Riviera. Enjoy!
Let’s go places,
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