Monday 10 April 2017

J&J in the French Riviera: Part 1 ~ Nice

The Côte d’Azur is probably better known as The French Riviera. Situated on the Mediterranean coast in south-eastern France, it has been on our travel list for quite some time. When we heard that Jake's siblings and their partners were coming over to our side of the world we decided to plan a family holiday and tick it off our list! It was so nice to be able to share this experience with them ...Three couples, five destinations, six bags...Lets do this!

There was sooo much to do and see, that I have decided to share our trip in parts so you can really get the feel of every location we visited. First stop on our itinerary and our main point of base was the oh so charming Mediterranean city of Nice with it's palm tree lined boulevard, pebble stoned beaches, and beautiful bright blue ocean views. I loved this city and found that delightful 'French Touch' around every corner from the daily markets to the delicious food and the quaint historic buildings.

First, I have to share this amazing authentic French apartment we stayed at in Nice. It was in the perfect location, only a few streets back from the beach and only a few minutes away from local bakeries and cafe's. Jake and I love to rent apartments on our travels as it's much more relaxing and it was nice to have a big open space for everyone to hang out.

All the bedrooms had walk in ensuites and massive comfy beds for a good nights rest leaving us feeling refreshed and ready to conquer a new day on the French Riviera. This French apartment gets five stars from us! If you’re planning a trip to Nice, definitely check out this apartment here.

Ready to come and explore with me?!

The beach in Nice was just as photogenic as I had hopped with it's blue stripy umbrellas and pebble stone shores.

One of our must do activities while in Nice was visiting Castle Hill. Where at the bottom you can get that iconic #IloveNice tourist snap and at the top you get the best panoramic views over Cote d'Azur, the old village and the city of Nice. Castle Hill is where you will find the ruins of Chateau de Nice. There isn’t much “castle” left, but there are a lot of ruins to walk through and explore. 

On the way to dinner most evenings we would take a stroll through Place Massena. This area has lots of restaurants, delightful fountains, chequered floors and beautiful arches. Unquestionably a photographers dream!

One of our favourite restaurants we tried in Nice was Olive & Artichaut. This place came highly recommended. It is a small and intimate restaurant which is highly popular with the locals, so booking is essential. We fell in love with the simplicity of this restaurant, three starters, three mains, three desserts that change everyday. The produce is sourced daily from the local markets and provides the inspiration to a fresh and delicious menu!

Meet the crew! Around the table from left to right we have John, Me, Terri, Larissa, Isaac and Jake, you will see them pop up time to time in photos as I continue to share our travels from the French Riviera.

The food was incredible and we all agreed one of our favourite places we ate at in our whole French Riviera trip!

Most mornings and evenings we headed to the pebble stone beach just a stones throw away from our apartment to watch the sun set or rise. It was a beautiful way to start and finish our days exploring. I can't wait to share more from our French Riviera trip!

See you soon for part 2 of our Côte d’Azur trip!!

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