Winter of 2017 we spent two months between France and Italy. We spent a good amount of time in Nice, One of my favorite cities in the Cote d’azure. There’s something so serene and lovely about Nice, especially in the early mornings. Grab a cafe au latte and head out to explore the beautiful, old streets.
One side of Nice was flat and gave way to the indescribable beauty that was the Mediterranean Sea, the French Riviera, the cote d’Azure… whichever way you’d like to refer to it as, it is Magic. There’s an ease to the way of living here. The French here are laid back, love to be in the company of their family and friends sitting around a table filled with fantastic, fresh seafood and wine. Lot’s of wine. They sit for hours at a time discussing life and the details within it.
I fell in love quite quickly with this lifestyle. I could easily pick up my family and move to France.
In Nice, there aren’t many hotels, Not like Paris. Our safest bet to finding a place we could call home for two weeks without actually having visited the town before was to use homeaway or Airbnb. To our luck, we found the cutest apartment to stay in. It was old charm with all the modern updates and amenities one could wish for. Every morning we made our way down the old style elevator, the kind that has a gate that you manually close. It was very Parisian and I loved it. As soon as you walk out to the street you’re greeted by the bustling sounds of scooters, bike bells and the voices of people at the daily fresh farmers market. Every morning the vendors would set up and every end of day, the would break it all down again.
More than anything I LOVED heading over to the meat and cheese market daily and picking up a mix of goodies to create a Charcuterie board. Next, I would visit this amazing little pasta store called Barale pasta. It was narrow, it was packed and it made my mouth water so bad it was so good. They made their raviolis fresh daily. Oh and the bolognese…ugh the bolognese… It was too good. Lastly, and perhaps most importantly the wine. Incredible wines you could buy for as little as the cost of a glass in the states. Unfortunately, It never crossed my mind to take photos of the food because all I could think about was eating it, clearly. So on my next adventure i’ll make sure to take photos to share.
On your visit:
Best fresh pasta market:
Barale Pasta, 7 rue Sainte-Reparate, Vieux Nice
Best Wine store:
Les grandes caves, 16 rue de la Préfecture, Vieux Nice, open every day 8h to 13h and 15h-19h30 (closed Sunday afternoon and Mondays)
Maitre Pierre, 41 Rue Massena, Nice
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