Three nights: Saturday, April 21 to Tuesday, April 24
Three nights was probably too little time for Nice. Or more specifically, we could have spent lot more time exploring the Côte d’Azur as there are a lot of small, scenic towns scattered along the coast. Once things warm up a bit more (70s instead of 60s), we may very likely pass through here again on our trip.
We really only spent one full day in Nice itself. Between that and the day we arrived, we explored the port and old town areas. The highlight was taking a spin through the Cours Saleya Flower Market. We again picked up various items for a snacks dinner, but we also got an opportunity to try out some local specialities for lunch:
- Socca – this was basically a big, thin pancake made from chickpea flour, drizzled with olive oil and dusted with pepper. Tasty!
- Pissaladière – a pizza-like dish, with a topping of onions, olives and anchovies. Tasty!
- Tourte de Blettes – a sweet pastry filled with egg custard and swiss chard, dusted with powdered sugar. Tasty!
In general, it seems that the Niçoise cuisine reflected a strong Italian influence, which makes sense as Nice was under Italian control until 1860.
The other full day started off with a visit to the Chagall museum in Nice. Afterwards, we hit the train station and headed five minutes up the coast to the scenic cove village of Villefranche-sur-Mer. This was just one of many such villages along the coast – I think we’ll need to spend a few days in one just to chillax! We then took another quick hop to Monaco, just for the sake of saying we were in Monaco. As it turns out, there wasn’t really a lot to see, other than the Grand Prix viewing stands being erected (and lots of yachts).
After we returned to Nice, we decided to try and find an English bookstore we’d heard about, the Cat’s Whiskers. We ended up methodically combing a four-block area looking for it before we found out from a helpful stranger that it had since closed down. We ended up heading back to the apartment. On our way we ran into the only person in the city we knew, our AirBnB host. Bizarre!