Nice is a beautiful city that is situated on the French Riviera and was founded in the 4th century BC by the Greeks. It was named after Nike, the Greek goddess of Victory. The Italians changed the name to Nizza during their occupation of the city. In 1860, the name was changed back to Nice when it became part of France. The Italian influence is still prevalent, and you will find many Italian restaurants and shops.
It is a welcoming place to visit with much to offer, including beaches, castles, museums, and delicious cuisine. We visited in mid October a few years ago, and the weather was perfect with clear, bright blue skies, and a warm temperature in the high 70s. After settling into our Airbnb apartment, we strolled along the Promenade des Anglais, and found a cafe on the beach for a snack. We were both amazed at the brilliant blue color of the rippling Mediterranean Sea. My husband, who is an artist, commented that the color of the Mediterranean is so blue, that if he painted it as is, no one would believe the color was truly realistic.
The Old Town or Vieille Ville is a must see and is filled with narrow, twisting alleyways that eventually open up to larger plazas and squares where you’ll find statues, fountains and other interesting structures. You will find many restaurants, shops, vendors and so much more as you wander through the area. The Marche aux Fleurs Cours Saleya is a highlight as well.
The 7 kilometer Promenade des Anglais is a nice place to stroll and people watch. It was named for the wealthy English tourists who visited the area in the 18th century.
As I have mentioned in previous posts, my husband and I have always found the French to be warm, welcoming and helpful. In fact, our Airbnb host actually picked us up at the airport, and drove us into town and to our apartment. He gave us a little tour along the way, and pointed out many of the famous sites. And people say the French are not friendly? Je ne pence pas!