It seemed to be hip, hep and happening there. The place was buzzing with excitement and was mostly filled with lads and lasses – students and tourists alike!
Possessing one of the best promenades in the world, this place was simply Nice. Well, the place itself is called Nice, aka Nice la Belle in French! It is the second biggest and the wealthiest city in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur region of France. It enjoys good Mediterranean weather – no extreme temperatures as such to bother you!
There is always an exodus to Nice, apparently next only to Paris! So, you know what to expect from this French riviera!
We spent a couple of days in Nice on our way to Marseilles. We went around exploring the city mostly on foot and some areas by tram. Nice did have some pretty lanes that hosted a number of touristy shops and eateries in the old town (Vieux Nice). The market selling flowers, fruits, vegetables, spices, soaps, etc in the cours Saleya area was in itself a major attraction thanks to the neat stalls. We had cappuccino and croissant in this area by paying absurd prices!
Handmade soaps and herbs – in a variety of flavours – are quite popular in this region. They could serve as souvenirs.
Socca is a popular local dish made out of chickpea (besan) flour and olive oil. We so much wanted to taste it, but we realized we had to be in long queues for this! We were short of time and hungry too, we quickly had a burger each and French fries. They just about managed to satiate our hunger! On another occasion, we tried onion rings and they didn’t disappoint us!
We noticed that Nice was indeed pedestrian friendly. After having experienced severe winter in our present home turf, walking under the mild rays of the sun was an absolute delight. The scenery around was bewitching to boot!
The promenade (known as Promenade des Anglais or Promenade of the English) along the Baie des Anges (Bay of the Angels), a bay of the Mediterranean sea, was surely a beauty. Cyclists, pedestrians, joggers and skaters alike adorned the area. Wow – a couple of them skated rhythmically! What an elegant way to keep fit, I thought to myself!
Ah, of course, the sea was a cynosure of all eyes what with its resplendent blue colour in all its shades that could numb you for a while!
We stayed at a nice hotel in Nice. We were invited by one of our friends over dinner at his home. He cooked some delicious vegetarian food for us! Could we have gotten luckier than this?! 🙂