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Steph’s Travel Diary

Tuesday, 20 May 2008

Location: Nice, France

MapWe left Italy behind and started our French sojourn in Nice. We absolutely loved Nice and originally were only booked to stay for two nights, but we did a little shuffling and managed to stay for three nights. Our manager at the hotel was extremely effeminate and hilarious he kind of reminded me of a gay Basil Fawlty from Fawlty Towers! When we left he kissed us on both cheeks Matt included!

We ticked most of the tourist check boxes in Nice we walked along the Promenade de Anglais and lay on the pebbly beach and Matt was brave enough to have a swim in freezing water. A highlight of the Promenade would have to be the man we saw doing an interpretive style dance to heavy 80s dance music in a Tarzan-like get-up. We wonder if he woke up the next day and thought, what on earth was I thinking! We also went on a bus tour and drove by all the huge mansions and villas on the hill overlooking the ocean - they really know how to live in Nice!

Nice has an old quarter, with narrow, cobbled streets and quaint buildings and we virtually lived in there. There are so many great restaurants, cafes and bars, plus a gelati place with over 100 flavours including beer, lavender, avocado etc... We tried our fair share and usually ate it sitting on the Promenade looking at the ocean in the moonlight.

They also have this great food and flower market in Nice, where we epxerienced our first taste of the French markets - we haven't looked back. You can get such good quality fruit, cheese, olives and bread at the markets.