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Trip Report Nice, France September 2013

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We booked a little apartment in Nice Old Town, through Go Nice website. They were very professional to deal with from our initial enquiry to the full details of how to get the keys, get to the apartment etc. We were very pleased that we’d chosen to be in the Old Town area – it has a lovely atmosphere, and is very close to the seafront and the main town area. It’s full of interesting little shops with lots of artisans in our street.

As we walked along the Promenade; I could see why people rave about the Mediterranean, the water is such a beautiful aqua blue. The pure aqua in the shallows, combined with the rich deep blue further out is quite magical.
Not so sure about swimming here though, the beach is all large pebbles and they recommend swimming in beach shoes to save the agony on your feet. Of course, for a small fee you can hire a beach chair, umbrella, etc. then you have to find a section of beach that isn't reserved for the hotel across the road . . .all starts to get a bit complex, I think! . It's as well the beach is so pebbly, otherwise I might have to change my mind about our beaches at home being the best in the world!

We climbed the hill just by the Old Town – great views over the town, then came back down the other side into the old port.

We took a day trip to Antibes, just to the west of Nice along the coast. A walk along the harbour wall took us past some of the most magnificent private cruisers - many of them 5 decks high. Of course they had everything in board that they could ever want; uniformed staff everywhere, jet ski, inflatable dinghy etc. We went there by bus, but I think the train would have been a better option to take; it’s a quicker journey, and the line travels closer to the coast than the bus route.

We took the bus up into the hills to Vence and Saint Paul. Both were lovely little towns perched on the rocky hills, full of arty shops and eateries. We preferred Vence out of the two - it was a bit more historic and less overrun with tourists. I can't imagine what they are like in high summer season, the little narrow lanes must be jammed packed.

Sitting on the waterfront at sunset each evening was one of our favourite parts of the day; interesting buskers, plenty of joggers, sun dropping over the hills gave us some beautiful photographs and lovely memories of this delightful town.

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