It all began when the weather in Switzerland started changing, and according to the reports it was going to rain for all 3 days.What a bummer! ? 😦
I and my husband decided to change our plan a bit, and made reservations and flight booking to Nice, France.We booked a easy jet flight to Nice<-> Geneva and made our hotel reservations through Booking.com.
Nice as its pronounced Nis is in the South of France and is the capital of French Riviera. Most of us would have heard about the Cannes Film Festival held at Cannes. Nice is a neighboring city to Cannes. With vibrant market and diverse restaurant, its also renowned for its food. People happily drinking and contemplating the ultra famous Promenade des Anglais. The Promenade des Anglais is a celebrated promenade along the Mediterranean at Nice, France.
The beauty of Nice is its beautiful sea and people enjoying the sun bath by the sea. Summer is the time when you can see most people outside, enjoying the sun, relaxing and playing different water sports. Its a treat to the eyes! Nothing can be more soothing to the eyes to watch beautiful surroundings and happy people.
The city is so colorful, with people visiting from all around the world to feel the French Riviera (as its called). Nice is also a city of art and culture and after Paris, has the most museums in France.
We booked our stay in a hotel near to the airport (Ibis Style) and planned our trip by mapping out the sights to see and places to visit nearby. You can either book a taxi or travel by bus. Public transport is not bad in Nice, there is bus every 10-20 mins to all destinations. You can choose train, bus, taxi or rent a car to travel.
I like to walk and travel with the local crowd, instead of taking a taxi or booking a car for rent (Only for long distance). We both decided to take the bus and travel around Nice. Hopped into a bus and got down at the center of the town called – Vieux Nice where you can find the tourism center. At the tourism center, you can book a guided tour around the city – which is quite easy. All you have to do is choose your days of visit – the number of hours and can hop on and hop off anytime during the day. Each quarter in Nice is alive with markets, boutiques and restaurants making the whole city a lively place to visit.
Unlike most of the European cities, Nice is lively at night as it is during the day time. Evening you will find people sitting and enjoying their meal & drinks. For your information there is a Casino ‘Ruhl’ in the center to do some fun gambling 😉
I’d advise the most adventurous is to just get lost in the meander of streets and follow your instincts to make the most of the place – after all, it’s too small to get really lost and the sea is never too far away!
French windows, architecture and french women and their classic styles. The land of the Louis Vuitton and Long Champ and many other french designer stores. If you are in France, its better to buy this luxury items from France as it will be cheaper than your resident country (if you are from Asia or Middle East) not sure about US.
The weather is pleasant for people coming from India or UAE as the summer is generally upto 22 degree Celsius and perfect choice for a summer holiday.
The open tour bus hop on and off is the best if you have limited time and want to explore the most with the least effort.
Book your french Riviera pass from the link down below for 24, 48 and 72 hours. With this pass you can have free access, reductions and can also enjoy some activities.
Places to see and do in Nice :
I must say Nice (Nis) is Nice ❤
DAY 2: MONACO
After a day trip to Nice, we made a plan to visit Monaco-Monte Carlo which is a most popular destination for the rich and flamboyant. Monaco is an independent micro state on France’s Mediterranean coastline known for its glitzy casinos, yacht-lined harbor and prestigious Grand Prix motor race, which runs through Monaco’s streets once a year.
If you travel by local transport (Bus 100) your trip to Monaco can be for 1.50 Euro per person (Check the Prices now). Start your day early and you can complete Monaco sightseeing by evening.
The country on its three side is surrounded by France. It is a major banking centre and closely guards the privacy of its client .
Interesting note: Monaco does not levy income tax on its residents. Find a job 😉
You can walk around this city, and enjoy the walk up and down the hill. Monte Carlo is all about the Casinos, the royal palace and the streets. The city is beautiful, its very clean and so peaceful to walk around the old town. We walked around the major sight seeing places and enjoyed the changing of the guard ceremony at the Palace Square.
For your lunch and dinner, there are plenty of restaurants to serve you different kind of cuisines. You can either decide to eat in a fine dining restaurant or eat on the go. Food is of best quality and i really loved the pizza i ate in one of the restaurant <forgot the name>.
Monte Carlo is the district with the most glamorous atmosphere, in a setting of stunning natural beauty. Monaco is divided into four areas: Monaco-Ville (old town), the Condamine (port quarter), Monte-Carlo (business and recreation), and Fontvieille (recreation and light industry).
We got down and walked towards the casino using a map (which you can find it at the tourism center) and you will be amazed to see the fleet of luxury cars standing in front of the Casino.We didn’t enter the Grand Casino, as we were not dressed our best.
Palais du Prince
The map on our hand helped to find the Palais du Prince. This palace is home to the oldest monarchy in the world and if you prefer you can watch the change of guard ceremony. Changing ceremony happens at 11:55 time during the day on the square in front of the palace. After you finish the ceremony, either you can enter the palace by buying the ticket (at the counter) or walk around the palace and take photos with beautiful backdrop.
The Oceanographic Museum has world-renowned exhibits of marine science and oceanography. If you have the French Riviera pass, the entry is free. The exhibits are engaging and there are plenty of animals/fish to see. Kids will love this place!. You will need 2 hours of your day to see this museum. Its easier to get direction to this sight seeing places, as you will be able to see most of the fellow tourist walking.
Formula One Monaco Grand Prix
The famous Formula One Monaco Grand Prix race takes place in Monte-Carlo every year on the last weekend in May. This is the only car race in the world that is held on city streets. Wonderful view of the Grand Prix can be seen while walking down the Palace. During the race month, all roads are closed for maintenance. The Grand Prix completely changes the face of the Principality for 3 months, as the roads are full of temporary grandstands, crash barriers, tires and blockades. The sight from the hill is really wonderful. Take plenty of photographs of this breathtaking view from the top of the hill.
At the foot of the cliff, Monaco’s harbour is a busy port scene packed with yachts. Take it easy and breathe, and let your mind take over the beauty of this place. As you walk around the streets you will explore more about the city and its people.
Embark on a walking tour around the city. Over 90 minutes for pit stops for photographs. Walking down the road, i found many souvenir and artifacts shop. Old town narrow pedestrian street will take you through this beautiful building painted in pastel colors. As you walk down from the top of the hill, you can enjoy the panoramic view of this city.
We finished our day trip to Monaco and took a bus ride back to Nice to our hotel room. You will have many postcard moments in this city, don’t forget to carry your camera to capture those moments forever. When you will look back, the pictures will remind you of the time spent and bring a smile to your face, Like Mine did 🙂
Exhausting but a fantastic trip to Monaco & Nice ends here. Take Bus 100 back to Nice. We spent our rest of the evening at city center and had nice cosy dinner at one of the french restaurant.
Next Day we had to fly back to Geneva ❤ to continue our Switzerland trip.
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