Adventures in Nice, France: A Personal Diary Part 2

Our trip to the French Riviera was an absolute dream, at least for the first day. We basked in the sunshine, taking in the stunning coastal views and sipping on refreshing drinks. However, Mother Nature had other plans for us and the rest of our days were plagued with cloudy skies. But we didn’t let that dampen our spirits, no way! We were determined to make the most of our time there and we set out to explore the region with gusto.

Come rain or shine, we were out and about embracing the cold. I walked around in my bomber jacket and jeans, and was amazed to see some daring fashionistas even wearing skirts above the knees. Major props to them!

Exploring the Promenade des Anglais was just the beginning of our adventure in Nice. As we wandered through the bustling streets, we stumbled upon a hidden gem – the Castle Hill area. Eager to take in the panoramic view of the city, we eagerly followed the winding stairs up to the top. And oh boy, were we in for a treat! The view from the top was absolutely breathtaking, and we were left awestruck by the stunning vistas that stretched out before us.

From up high, we could see Nice in all its glory, with its charming streets and sparkling waters. But we didn’t stop there! Our thirst for adventure led us even higher up the hill, until we reached the awe-inspiring La Tour Bellanda. The views from here were simply sensational, and we were left speechless by the sheer beauty of it all.

New Year’s Eve is typically a night of glitz, glamour, and celebrations, but for me, it was just another day. However, this time around, there was a good reason for it – an exciting adventure awaited us in the form of an early train ride to Cannes! As much as I would have loved to join in the countdown and festivities, the prospect of exploring new sights and sounds was simply too tempting to resist.

We continued our exploration through the streets of Nice. As it turned out, Nice were practically empty on New Year’s Day, which was a blessing in disguise. We had the chance to capture some stunning snaps of the square without anyone photobombing our shots. The Place Massena, which is typically bustling with people and activities, was transformed into a tranquil haven of calm, and we savored every moment of it.

As we rushed towards the train station, desperate to make our early morning train to Cannes, we stumbled upon a little coffee shop called Grand Café de Lyon. With no time to spare, we darted inside, eager for a quick caffeine fix and a bite to eat. And oh boy, were we in for a treat! The coffee shop charged a hefty price for a cappuccino, but it was worth every penny.

To our dismay, they had run out of croissants when we arrived. But to our delight, the waiter was kind enough to whip up a fresh batch for us, straight out of the oven. I can still remember the tantalizing aroma of the warm, buttery croissant as it wafted towards us, beckoning us to take a bite. And when we finally did, it was pure bliss. The flaky pastry melted in our mouths, leaving behind a rich, buttery aftertaste that we savored long after we’d finished eating.

coffee cup

As much as we wanted to snap a photo of this delectable treat, our stomachs had other ideas, and we gobbled it up before we could even think about taking a picture. But the memory of that delicious croissant will stay with us forever, and we’ll be sure to make a pit stop at the Grand Café de Lyon on our next visit to Nice.

room in nice

One a random note, Our Airbnb apartment was a hidden gem, tucked away in the heart of the city. Sure, it wasn’t the most luxurious place we’d ever stayed in, but it had character, charm, and plenty of quirks that made it one-of-a-kind. One of the first things we noticed were the high ceilings, which gave the space a grand and airy feel. And then there were the shutters on the windows, which let in just the right amount of light and provided a touch of old-world elegance.

But what really sold us on the apartment was the location. With the Pharmacy conveniently located right across the street, we never had to worry about running out of our favorite French products. And being near the harbor meant that we had easy access to all the best seafood restaurants and cafes, where we spent many a lazy afternoon soaking up the sun and sipping on espresso.

All in all, our Airbnb apartment may not have been the fanciest or most extravagant place we’ve ever stayed, but it had a certain charm and charisma that we’ll never forget. And we’re already counting down the days until we can return to this little slice of heaven in the heart of the city.


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