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Arrondissement de Nice

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  • Day944

    La Tête de Chien, above Monaco

    January 26 in France ⋅ ⛅ 9 °C

    Privilaged. We feel so privilaged to be able to stay at this amazing spot. Martha is settled in the small car park, at the end of the road, at the top of La Tête de Chien; one of the Maritime Alps on France's South East coast. We are 550m above the wide expanse of the Mediterranean Sea. From within the van we have a view of the undulous coastline to the the west, the promontories and coves covered in a mix of deep green forest and chalk coloured communities, clustered together near the shore, but dotted like splats of paint on the steep slopes as they rise inland.

    It was a long, slow and difficult drive to get here. From our resort stopover at La Lavandou we climbed into the hills. The narrow winding road had no kerb, just a drop into a large ditch. Grooves cut when vehicles' wheels went over the edge and their metal axels scraped into the tarmac were disconcertingly frequent. From the hills we dropped down to the ribbon of high density urban development that is the French Riviera. We bypassed St Tropez, then travelled through Antibes, Cagnes sur Mer, Saint Laurent du Var and Nice. We felt cordoned in with concrete, funnelled into too narrow lanes, filters, roundabouts. The seafront boulevard at Nice provided some distraction as we watched well dressed people roller blading, biking, skateboarding, jogging, walking dogs and riding in groups of 4 on hire bikes. It was like something you'd expect to see on the Venice Beach boardwalk in Los Angeles!

    From the metropolis we once again climbed, this time squeezing through little hill villages that felt far too small for our 7m van. Approaching the summit of La Tête de Chien, cars lined the right side of the road, but between them we glimpsed the most amazing views of the riviera layed out below. Our nerves were wracked from the drive as we came to the packed car park marking the end of the line. We stopped outside delivery gates for a small fort and waited around half an hour, when miraculously the perfect space was vacated. Once settled, our nerves began to calm and it sank in how beautiful the view really was. The sun was sinking low and many people were making a beeline for this spot, to look down over half a kilometre to the jagged line of the coast, jutting in and out as the sky began to change colour.

    We joined the French, fellow Brits, Italians, Romanians and Monacans, passing by a few abandoned buildings, their rooves just skeletal structures of rusted girders and stone chimneys. Teenagers gathered here and we even saw one responsibly disposing of spent spray paint cans in a wheelie bin. We clambered over bare rock, dirt and shingle and peaked over a stone ledge to see Monaco to the east, nestled into a cove and stretching out into the sea. It was strange to think this little area constituted a whole country!

    As the world's most densely populated principality, it would be extremely difficult to find a parking space in Monaco, so we'd decided to walk in. We scouted out the beginning of the route (more on this in our next post), then watched the sun set over the hills and the streetlights below begin to twinkle.

    As darkness fell, people departed. A taxi driver and their partner were one of the last to leave, cheekily hailing Will from within the van and asking if he had any wine! After tea, Will carefully made his way over the uneven rocks to see Monaco lit up. It was good timing because he was looking on when the Saturday evening quayside fireworks display began! The myriad of colours reflecting in the calm waters of the harbour. The loud explosions echoed off the hillside and drew Vicky out to watch the grand finale, after which moored boats blasted their horns in tribute! It was a really special experience to be the only ones watching from our quiet hilltop lookout!

    To watch a one minute video of what we saw, go to the VnW Travels You Tube channel here:
    https://youtu.be/R1f7IFOtKfA

    As if this wasn't enough, an hour later we got to watch the French firework display from within the van, looking down to the Grande Jetée at Saint Jean Cap Ferrat! Saturday night was definitely the right time to stay in this wonderful spot! As wonderful as the stars above were that night, they were eclipsed by the light show below!
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  • Day8

    Nizza

    May 16, 2018 in France ⋅ ⛅ 17 °C

    Nach kleinen Startschwierigkeiten (ein platter Fahrradreifen) haben wir eine circa 1 stündige Fahrradtour entlang der Côte d'Azur bis nach Nizza gemacht. Sehr schön. Zunächst hat uns die Stadt optisch nicht gefallen, da man vom Strand aus fast nur Hotels und Casinos sieht, doch auf den zweiten Blick ist vor allem die Altstadt sehr schön mit sehr vielen kleinen Geschäften. Wir sind über einen kleinen Kunstmarkt geschländert und haben uns die Altstadt angeschaut. Auf dem Rückweg hat dann auch noch das andere Fahrrad Probleme gemacht, trotzdem haben wir es zurück zum Bus geschafft.Read more

  • Day2

    Zwischenstop im hotel

    September 30, 2018 in France ⋅ 🌙 19 °C

    Müde im hotel angekommen, noch 5 andere Crew Mitglieder getroffen und die übrigen 6 haben den Flug verpasst und kommen irgendwann morgen an - die armen!

    Wollte grad schlafen, da gab es eine Party im Nachbarzimmer 😳 zum Glück kam eine nette Dame von der Rezeption und hat für Ruhe gesorgt. Nun schnell schlafen, morgen um 7 Uhr werden wir abgeholt 🙄Read more

  • Day19

    France - Nice - day 1

    September 16, 2018 in France ⋅ ⛅ 23 °C

    France - I like you already! I am so funny. I choose my day of arrival in Nice the day of the Iron Man (right on my street). It's packed with people practicing at its only 9am! 🤣

    Je suis arrivee tres tot a mon hotel et la dame m'a toute suite invitee pour un cafe et dejeuner! Trop chouette ici! 😍

  • Day23

    Nice was nice-ish

    September 18, 2017 in France ⋅ ☁️ 18 °C

    Nice was nice, but certainly not my favourite place in this part of the world. This may in part be due to the hideous weather that came along today. A bit of a chill in the air, cloudy so not blue sky and intermittent drops of rain. A bit annoying really! Because Nice isn't really a tourist location to be enjoyed in inclement weather, it was a bit of a dampener on proceedings. As a result, we also decided to ditch the idea of going to Monaco. The hills are definitely more our thing than the waterfront locations.

    Our AirBnB coffee table has the Rick Steves guide to the French Riviera. We took his advice and decided to avoid the exorbitant fees and hassle of parking in the centre of Nice and parked at a nearby tram station. That all went pretty smoothly. We wandered around the markets in Vielle Ville, which based on the pricing of their wares (which were mostly pretty good), they cater for a more affluent clientele. It started to spit so we took refuge and had a leisurely lunch on the waterfront - the kids enjoyed crepes, Glen and I had homemade gnocchi, Craig had mostly salad. After lunch, a walk along the Promenade was required to appease lunch guilt.

    Notable things on the Promenade... Craig got a call from an old school friend via Facebook Messenger, so I thought I might as well ring my sister.

    I am being good tonight and going straight for the wine to avoid the bier ;-)
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  • Day30

    Day 28&29

    June 27, 2017 in France ⋅ ⛅ 27 °C

    Yesterday we went on a walking tour around nice we also went to the antique markets that were on. Then we visited the Russian Cathedral and Notre Dame replica cathedral. We went out for drinks on a rooftop bar then had Indian for dinner

    Today we got up and went to the highest point of 90m to get panoramic views of Nice which were stunning and went to the war memorial that they have erected and tonight we will have another dinner togetherRead more

  • Day1199

    French Riviera Tour! - Nice

    June 24, 2018 in France ⋅ ⛅ 25 °C

    Start of my longest trip yet without having to fly home for something! Decided on the south of France in Summer because - why not? Started off in Nice which was brilliant, wonderful food, wine and weather! My friend from Canada, Danielle met up with me too so I had some company for a few days which is always welcome.Read more

  • Day1202

    French Riviera Tour - Villefranche Sur

    June 27, 2018 in France ⋅ ☀️ 24 °C

    Last day in the south of France! Enjoyed my time here and it’s a great spot to visit and experience a different lifestyle as it’s so laid back and decadent! Just a few snaps from the beach as that’s all that’s here really!

  • Day23

    Nice

    June 1, 2015 in France ⋅ ⛅ 22 °C

    I had an awesome day today, Nice was nice! I spent the day with Kayla, Christina, Kevin, Josh, Danielle, Hayden and Anthony. We spent the day walking around the city and managed to see most of it, we even walked up to the lookout where we got an amazing view of the beach! Somehow on the way up Anthony ended up in a pond and afterwards he stunk so much he had to go to the beach to wash himself! haha. We ended up at the shops to buy an outfit for the Monte Carlo! I managed to find a little black dress. Really looking forward to tonight!Read more

  • Day39

    Day 39 - Antibes to Nice, 28 miles

    May 24, 2016 in France ⋅ ☀️ 70 °F

    Suns out, flip flops on and nice flat ride round to Nice today. Not a massive amount to see on the way round but good cycle path. Having visited Nice before I found a great spot at Fort du Mont Alban which after getting to Nice pretty quick I decided to ride to. Pretty steep climb there but offers great views back across Nice and over the other side looking East towards Villefrance-sur-Mer and the uber exclusive area of Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat.

    Very much in holiday mood and after a short spell on the beach the evening was spent having a few chilled drinks on the front then in the old town area of Nice with a few people id met in the hostel.
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