Don’t you love it when spur of the moment you book a weekend break? Just like that. Because you want some sun. A change. Flights are cheap. You choose.
Exactly what we did. Friday 9:00am I was in my office, looking at my screen, trying hard to concentrate with the pouring rain outside. Miserable. Friday 9:00pm we were walking along the Promenades des Anglais, admiring the beauty of Nice and wondering if it will stay as warm over the weekend?
Nice. My first time on the Cote d’Azur. I know! What took me so long?! A weekend there was just enough to give us a taste of la vie en Provence. Not long enough to really experience everything the Cote d’Azur has to offer. We decided to spend the whole day Saturday and what we had of Sunday only in Nice. This way we didn’t feel pressured to run around, checklist in hand. And enough time to savour Nice.
Ah the shutters. How beautiful can a sea be? Colourful walls mirroring the shadows of the sun, laundry hanging out to dry. A maze of streets to get lost in. And always the blue sea to return to. We walked a lot – I always prefer to discover a new city on foot or on bike. In vieux Nice we walked. Occasionally we stopped. For a photo. For a glace. For a verre du vin. For a pancha. We explored the colours, the rhythm, the flavours of Nice. And I am sure there is still so much more to discover.
On Sunday morning we went to the market. There and then I wished that just for that day we would actually live in Nice. The fish. The gorgeous red bell peppers. Artichokes. Olives everywhere. Oh I could just go on and on and on.
Not living in Nice, we restricted ourselves to a few fresh goodies: we stopped for socca. We bought juicy, sweet and sticky strawberries. Sun dried tomatoes. And fruits confits.
A quick stop for a salade Nicoise. A glace aux olives. And it was time to fly back. Despite our very kind taxi driver, who offered to take us on a last tour on the Promenade des Anglais and if needed … crash (tempting! One more day in Nice?) … anyway …
Sunday 10:00pm we were back in Brussels.
Our stops in Nice:
7, Rue Saint Fraincois de Paule, 06300 Nice
Le Cours Saleya (the market)
Les Distilleries Ideales (for a drink or a great plancha)
40, Rue de la Prefecture, 06000 Nice
Fenocchio (best and most varied ice cream)
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