Tuesday, October 27, 2020

Nice, France

On the Mediterranean, in the south of France, near Monaco and the Italian border, Nice is always a great stop to wander around and enjoy Cote d'Azur life.  A day in Nice often starts with a walk along the beach to Castle Hill (Colline du Ch√Ęteau), 300 feet above the city, for sweeping panoramic views of Nice and the Baie Des Anges (Bay of Angels).

To the east is the port of Nice, with a small fishing fleet, ferries to Corsica, and the occasional cruise boat.  To the west is the Promenade des Anglais, the famous walkway along the beach with grand hotels facing the Mediterranean, separate lanes for walking, skating, and biking and, of course, the beach.

 Views of Nice from Castle Hill

The mixture of Mediterranean seaside and French city life is fabulous, combining work, leisure, and play in a fantastic climate on the sea.

Scenes of Nice

From Castle Hill, it's a short walk to the port to pick a restaurant on the water and enjoy mussels (in wine, one with mustard and one with chorizo) and fish salad with octopus, calamari, shrimp, and mussels. And, for desert, profiteroles.

Fish salad

Mussels, profiteroles

From our table, we look out on the old harbor, with ferries coming and going, large yachts tied up on one side and traditional fishing boats lined up on the other.

View from our table

Nice is always a great spot to relax and enjoy French Mediterranean life

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