“Let’s get rich and buy our parents homes in the South of France” – You and I by Ingrid Michaelson
I think i had too high of expectations of Nice, so when I first got there I was a little disappointed and underwhelmed. Nice was also very dirty and the bus dropped us off quite a distance away from the town centre, also, no one spoke english, however i was expecting that and i could only remember a few words. After not using a language for 10 years, it does become very faint. But looking back on my trip, i really did enjoy Nice. There was a relaxing atmosphere about the place, especially while sitting on the beach.
Nice was touristy yes, but almost in a good way. The old town provided many restaurants and little food stands which served the foods of the area. The buildings also looked a lot like Italy and after reading a booklet, there use to be Italian residences here but now they are almost all gone. Also quite a few macaroon shops. I haven’t been to France since 2012, which is almost 4 years ago so the memory of macaroons had completely left me. But there was this adorable little shop and the flavours sounded good to me. I had Hazelnut, Caramel, Pistachio, Chocolate and Madagascar Vanilla. oh my goodness, they were delicious! i didn’t eat them til i got to Marseille and maybe thats for the best, because this little shop was amazing and I would have definitely bought a lot more. I also cant say i saw macaroon shops in Marseille or Lyon or atleast not as easily as they were here in Nice.
They also had a lot of spices and salt stores, a lot of specialty salt stores. And had lavender as a scent and logo in a lot of items, i guess since Provence is a big producer of lavender
Castle Hill had amazing vistas of Nice and took no time at all to walk up. they also had a waterfall on the way up and on the very top, a park with a little coffee shop. It’s a nice spot, but i would only go up for the view, to eat i’d stay in the old town.
After seeing everything in the old town and castle hill, a perfect way to end the day in Nice was to walk along the Promenade des Anglais and sit on the pebble beach and watch the sunset.
Read my post on ‘Traveling with pm2am to France’ to see how traveling with the student tour company was.