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Morn­ings are bet­ter with friends. Wake up early for a walk along the four miles of white sandy beaches (15 pri­vate and 20 pub­lic) flanked by the Prom­e­nade des Anglais, and end at Cas­tle Hill (Colline du Château), which is the high­est peak in Nice. Only a few frag­ments of the orig­i­nal walls and build­ing re­main, but the ob­ser­va­tion deck pro­vides a ma­jes­tic view of the city’s trop­i­cal col­ored build­ings with a back­drop of snow-capped moun­tains in one out­stand­ing panoramic set­ting.

After­wards, pop over to Café Le Flore [9 Cours Sa­leya | 06300 | Nice] for a quick cof­fee be­fore hit­ting the leg­endary flower mar­ket, Marché aux Fleurs. Lo­cated in the Cours Sa­leya, it is open ev­ery morn­ing, ex­cept Mon­days and French pub­lic hol­i­days. Not only do they sell the most beau­ti­ful ready-made bou­quets, but they also have fresh fruits, veg­eta­bles, fish, jel­lies, jams, olive oil and can­dies. Mon­days are re­served for an an­tiques mar­ket, and in the sum­mer even­ings, arts and crafts re­place fruits and veg­eta­bles where shop­pers can shop till they drop – it is open from 6:00pm, un­til just af­ter mid­night.

On the rare cloudy day, we en­joy check­ing out the ar­chi­tec­tural and his­tor­i­cal land­marks spread through­out the very walk­a­ble city of Nice while shop­ping. The area of Place Masséna is home to cou­ture fash­ion houses like Louis Vuit­ton and Her­mès; jewel­ers such as Cartier; and an end­less num­ber of spe­cialty shops. How­ever, there are also smaller, in­de­pen­dent bou­tiques like Kantzé [10 rue Alphonse Karr | 06000 | Nice], where you will find the per­fect lit­tle black dress and silk scarf to take home, know­ing that it is truly a one-of-a-kind.

Vis­it­ing mu­se­ums is al­ways and ex­cur­sion that is more fun in tan­dem. Take in the Marc Cha­gall Na­tional Mu­seum [36 Av­enue Dr Mé­nard | 06000 | Nice], and ex­plore their per­ma­nent col­lec­tion of bi­b­li­cal mes­sage paint­ings, stained-glass win­dows, prints, lith­o­graphs and ta­pes­tries. If you have some flex­i­bil­ity, the mu­seum is free to visit on the first Sun­day of each month.

Where to Stay

Hy­att Palais de la

Méditer­ranée

13 Prom­e­nade des Anglais,

06000 Nice, France

Tip: There are par­tial sea view and full sea view op­tions, but the full sea views are worth the ex­tra ex­pense, if avail­able.

Photo by Priscilla Pilon

Ho­tel Messina

58 Rue Giof­fredo, 06000

Nice, France

Tip: There are newly ren­o­vated rooms, and for two or more peo­ple in a room, you can up­grade to the dou­ble deluxe cat­e­gory for more space and a pri­vate bal­cony.

Photo by Priscilla Pilon

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