I posted all about how much I loved Nice’s beautiful beaches yesterday, but I’m back today because I didn’t want to leave you with the thought that Nice is only beaches. It is beaches. It has a lot of beaches. The beaches are beautiful and magical and gorgeous. But it is not all beaches.
Old Town Nice is quite lovely, right on the water. There is a promenade along the water where people run and ride their bikes and hang out. We saw a great, live, free music festival while we were here, right along the water. Lots of people hanging out, dancing, and just enjoying the sunshine.
Nice’s Old Town, which is just a hop and a skip from the promenade, is bustling and fun to walk around in. There is a definite tourist vibe here, but I think it adds to the feel of the place instead of taking away from it.
For example, one of my favorite memories from the streets of Nice was a fun dinner we had sitting outside on the cobble stone streets. The dinner was tasty, the sun was sending rays of golden light down the street, and we were serenaded by a very fun and very loud and very awesome band. They sand some pop songs, played some jazz, and the whole time I just couldn’t stop smiling. I gave them quite a bit of money. It was really great.
So… touristy? Sure. Awesome anyways? You bet.
One thing I really love about Nice is their tradition of happy hour. They do wine and socca at about five or six pm. Wine, obviously, is something I’m a fan of, but I didn’t know until our visit… I’m a big fan of socca, too! It’s delicious.
I’m also a fan of any tradition that requires you to sit outside in the early evening and just relax. How bad could that possibly be?! It was funny though because our time in Nice actually coincided with the time when I was supposed to take an anti parasite pill, just in case I may have possibly contracted something while I was in Uganda. Of course, you can’t take it with alcohol, so I kept putting it off a day in favor of socca and Nice happy hour… 😛 (Don’t worry, I took it in the end and I’m fine!)
Anyways. Socca is the pancake thing made of chickpea flour. Mostly it’s served plain, but at some restaurants you can get it with toppings cooked in. When we tried it, we enjoyed an onion one (green onions) and also one with black olives. I loved both. If you’ve ever had the Italian dish farinata, you’ll find this similar. It’s delicious (and pretty healthy, too!).
Just like we spent at least part of every day in Nice on the beach, we spent part of every evening on the beach watching the sunset. It’s expensive to get a drink in one of the restaurants overlooking the water, so save that for a special occasion or just get your own bottle of wine and some cheese and crackers and hang out for the pretty evening light. All the cool kids are doing it. 😉
Seriously though. The beach in the evening can be totally busy with people out having fun. The fact that you’re allowed to drink in public in France seemed to really change things. It’s nice.
Of course, with evenings like this, who can blame anybody for a wonderful culture like this?! Nice really is just the prettiest place. We felt so happy, relaxed, and calm here. Go and visit! <3
*All photos in this post taken by Simone Anne for We Are Adventure.us. Please please don’t reproduce my photos without permission! Thank you!