France – Day 38 – 41: Nice

After a 12 hour journey from Chalais – Bordeaux – Nice, I made it to the beautiful coastal city, Nice.

Day 38

When I arrived at the hostel, I met some people from the United States and we decided to check out a free concert that was happening on the beach. I arrived on 20 June the day before Le Fête de la Musique – a music festival that happens all around France on the 21 June.

Place Massena - Promenade du Paillon

Place Massena – Promenade du Paillon

Needless to say, I was exhausted from my journey which started at 5:30am that morning. But I pushed through and attended the concert alongside two new friends. The concert was quite amazing. They had a huge screen and there were loads of people in attendance. Families and young people were out for the night enjoying the music.

Day 39

Then it was Le Fête de la Musique. Festivities did not start until the evening so I had the day to do whatever I wanted.

Place Massena- Nice

Place Massena

I began my day by going to the flower and fruit market – Cours Saleya. I had strawberries for breakfast, and bought myself some delicious marinated sun-dried tomatoes and a 4 grain baguette (so yum) for lunch.

Fresh strawberries from Cours Saleya

Fresh strawberries from Cours Saleya

Cours Saleya - Fruit & Flower Market in Nice

Cours Saleya – Fruit & Flower Market in Nice

I enjoyed my strawberries on the boardwalk along the water. There is definitely no shortage of beautiful views in Nice.

Boardwalk Nice

Boardwalk in Nice

Nice Coast

After spending the day playing tourist, wandering and seeing some truly beautiful things in Nice I went out for dinner with a fellow Canadian at an Indian Restaurant- Delhi Belhi. We ordered the vegetarian menu which came with a platter of pakora and samosas, two main dishes, a piece a naan, some rice, and a nice cup of Chai tea at the end. I adore Indian food, and this meal was a delight!

Pakora & Samosa Entrée

Pakora & Samosa Entrée

Later that night, I attended La Fête de la Musique. We made our way towards the beach front first, and then worked our way through the winding streets of Old Town – Vieux Ville.

The festival was truly fascinating, there were street performers and bands on every corner and on every street. There was musical tastes for everyone – reggae, rock, rap, alternative, pop, soca – everything. Seeing people from all over the world come together, experiencing different styles of music was truly remarkable.

Day 40

The next day I spent some time walking around Old Town exploring some of the cute areas in Nice. I enjoyed lunch at a Turkish restaurant, and then continued to explore the side streets.

Side streets in Nice

Side streets in Nice

Lunch at Turkish restaurant Nice

Lunch in Nice

After getting a little lost, I made my way up to Le Chateau. First, I stumbled across Cimetière Colline du Château which was really amazing. It offered really spectacular views of the city.

Nice, France view of city

Beautiful view in Nice

Whilst observing these incredible views I was overwhelmed by the beauty of our world and just how blessed I am. In this moment I was extremely grateful to have the opportunities to travel and see this incredible world we live in.

Le Chateau Cemetery

Cimetière Colline du Château

Le Chateau Cemetery

Cimetière Colline du Château

I then made my way up to the top of Le Chateau, which is quite the walk. There is a mini-train that is available for people who want to go to the top of Le Chateau but don’t want to walk.

View at top of Le Chateau, Nice, France

View from the top of Le Chateau

It was a VERY hot day and I had a tiny water bottle with me, so I was severely dehydrated by the time I reached the top. If you decide to make the trek I definitely recommend you have a lot of water on hand.

Luckily, my hostel was very central so after that exhausting walk I was able to head back to my room in no time. I stayed at the Villa Saint Exupery Beach, which was in such a great location and had a really great atmosphere.

One of the reasons I love hostels is that you get to meet a lot of really interesting people – either in your room or in the common areas. That night I went out to Wayne’s Bar – a local bar often frequented by expatriates – with some new friends I made in my room.

I had a fantastic night – we relaxed on the beach and danced the night away in the bar.

Day 41

On my final day in Nice, I decided to spend the day on the beach (yay – finally!).

I ate breakfast at a café beside the Cours Saleya where I enjoyed chocolate, strawberry and banana pancakes. After we ate breakfast, we enjoyed the Cours Saleya, where I bought some more sundried tomatoes and a 4 grain baguette (yum!).

Breakfast on Cours Saleya, Nice, France

Chocolate, strawberry and banana pancakes

I spent a few hours on the beach with a new friend. It was a very windy day, so I was unable to go swimming because the lifeguards pulled everyone in and told people that the current was too strong for anyone to be swimming. While that was extremely disappointing since I didn’t have the opportunity to swim while I was in Nice, it just means that I have to plan my return – and I definitely do not mind!

Beach in Nice, France

Windy day at the beach

After spending a lot of time in the sun, I decided to relax in one of the parks close to Place Massena, where I could relax in the shade. I relaxed so much, that I actually fell asleep in the park, with my head on top of my beach bag.

For my final night I decided to make a return trip to Delhi Belhi. This time I was alone, and I ordered the Thali Végétarien, which was a variety of vegetarian dishes served in small metal dishes along with rice and naan. While I was eating my meal, I ended up chatting with a small family from Seattle who were visiting Nice for the week.

Eating alone doesn’t always have to be lonely.

Thali Végétarien - Nice, France

Thali Végétarien from Delhi Belhi

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