Nice is one of the cities I always wanted to visit. Italian spirit, clear blue sea, picturesque restaurants in small Italian-architecture-like squares, all these things were synonymous for this beautiful city in southeastern France. Do you know that feeling when you imagine a city and, no matter how perfect it seems in your head, in reality it looks so much better? Well that was the case with how I pictured Nice. You are able to imagine a small part of the city thanks to the photos you see, but the spirit of the city is something you need to feel.
My trip to Nice was one of the best trips in my life. I still fail to find right words to describe it. There are not many cities I’ve visited that I consider great to live in, but Nice is one of them. Not too big, nor too small, Nice is a city on the coast of the Mediterranean Sea with mild climate and it represents a mixture of two styles which are, in my opinion very difficult to put together, the Italian relaxed and the French posh style.
The border between French and Italian influences is the river Paillon. The part of the city on its left bank reminds of Italian architecture and the part on its right bank was made under French influence.
I’ve always liked French architectural style but, in my opinion, the majority of cities in France lack liveliness. Somehow you get the impression that, after work, people go straight home, and you find yourself in an empty city which can be pretty depressive. This is not the case with Nice. People know how to enjoy life here and to spend every sunny day at one of the beaches and restaurant terraces which are full all year round. You can feel life in the air here and positivity and joy will certainly conquer you.
View of Nice from the fortress
View of Nice port from the fortress
A beach in Nice
The square in front of the Cathedral of Nice, full of tourists enjoying at terraces of numerous restaurants
Albert I Garden
Promenade des Anglais
Fountain at Place Masséna