TRAVEL DIARY: NICE, COTE D'AZUR
A few weeks back I went on holiday with my family to Nice in the South of France. First proper group holiday in ages! I thought it'd never happen but I managed to pull it out of the bag. I mean, Airbnb and TantrumXYZ asking me if we fancied staying in one of their properties for the week kind of sealed the deal for everyone really! I am aware of how much of a #smug git this makes me right now but I am NOT complaining!
So this is who went:
Me, Hubby and our daughter Marley (4)
My sister, her boyfriend and their three kids (Ralph 6, Bear 2 and baby Delilah who is 8 weeks)
My brother and his girlfriend
We chose Nice because:
a) it was hot
b) it's not too far to travel with kids and flights are affordable
c) it's kind of fancy
We picked an Airbnb property that was really suited to kids. It has things like travel cots, washing machines, toys, a pool fence and alarm and loads of grass and open space for them to play.
It also had things for me like Wifi and loads of pots, pans and utensils for cooking!
We pretty much spent most of our time lazing around the pool, taking it in turns to float around on inflatables or cooking up a BBQ feast.
We were also given an amazing refurbished old school polaroid camera from the lovely folks at The Impossible Project so we had fun creating memories.
It was super easy to get into the centre of Nice from the house, just a 5 min drive to the tram stop and then about a 10 min tram. We all decided it would be good to go into Nice one day and have a walk along the seafront, plus a really fancy lunch at none other than McDonald's. Classy.
This also gave me a chance to take a look at some of the architecture in the area, which is really stunning. Gorgeous colours against the deep blue sky!
I loved these seven statues of Massena Square - created by Jaume Plensa. they are to symbolise the seven continents and communications between them. They light up at night!
On the way home we found these incredible fountains on the Promenade du Paillon that the kids were obsessed with. It was 30 degrees so I couldn't blame them, kinda wanted to strip off myself and jump in. There was also a really cute little playground for them - a good place to head to if you're going to Nice with kids.
There are some really good art museums in Nice - Chagall has a museum as does Matisse. Sadly we didn't have enough time to visit those but another day we visited the MAMAC (Nice's modern art museum) which had a really nice curation of contemporary art. Marley actually volunteered to come with Jason and I instead of playing in the pool with her cousins which made me feel quite proud!
The MAMAC also has an incredible roof terrace which looks out over all of Nice...
We also visited a beautiful little restaurant right down the hill from our house called Chez Simon. The name still makes me LOL a little bit...
It had gorgeous views over the hills of nice and don't even get me started on the food. Pure perfection! The deep fried courgette flowers were a MUST. A local dish apparently.
Most importantly, it was a time for all of us to reconnect and hang out. My favourites parts were eating together outside (minus the mozzies), spending quality time with my daughter, nephews and newborn baby neice, cooking with my mama and giggling into the night with my brother, sister, their other halves and of course hubby. Some serious jokes going down that if I tried to explain here I'd sound crazy...
We had such a great time in Nice and I really think it's an underrated city. The food is incredible, it's easy to drive / get around, it's great weather, you really just need a great Airbnb with a pool and the odd trip into town here and there for variety and you are sorted. And I mean, who can argue with that blue sea? The flight into the airport is amazing, you see all these luxury yachts and islands... incredible. We are already planning our return!