A blast from the past! I have just completed archiving of our trip to Nice, from September 2011. Going through the photos has brought back a lot of good memories. See all the images in the Travel Collection, or access the Family and Friends Gallery if you have the password.
For our first wedding anniversary we spent 5 days in Nice, in the beautiful September sunshine. We stayed in the heart of the city, in a cosy 1-bedroom apartment that we rented through Nice Pebbles
. Probably the best thing about our apartment was the fact that there was a boulangerie right outside where we could find our fresh bread and pastries for breakfast!
We managed to fit a lot in to our five days away, including a visit to Nice Castle, trips to Monaco and Eze and on our anniversary itself we dressed up to the nines for a lunch at the Cafe de Paris, in Casino Square, Monte Carlo.
The Mediterranean Coastline, Monte CarloBoat approaching the harbour in Monte Carlo
Massena Apartment, NiceClare ready for the day trip to Monaco to celebrate our anniversary
We spent 5 nights at the Massena Apartment, which we booked through Nice Pebbles. I found this travel company through a recommendation in my guidebook to Nice. They have a range of self-catered apartments in central Nice, and for us, the 1-bedroom Massena, located a stone's throw from the Old Town, was a perfect base for our stay.
The guys from Nice Pebbles were really welcoming. A rep met us at the bus stop when we got off the airport bus, and walked with us to the apartment. We had a little welcome pack of essentials (bread, milk, wine...) left for us in the apartment along with a guide to the local area with very useful info on getting around.
Castle Hill, NiceThe cascade on Castle Hill, Nice
Colline du Chateau, Quai des Etats-Unis, 06300 Nice. Castle Hill is accessible either via a lift located beneath the west side of the hill on Quai des Etats-Unis, or by walking up the footpath. We were feeling fit so decided to make the hike. The views at the top were definitely worth it, as was the walk around the castle gardens. The cascade waterfall was my favourite feature of the gardens.
Cafe de Paris, Place du Casino, 98000 Monaco. Brash, busy and expensive, but this is the iconic place to dine in Monte Carlo and for that reason alone we chose to lunch there on our anniversary. The long wait for food can be pleasantly whiled away by people (and car) watching, trying to pick out the wealthy Monagasque yacht owners from the crowd of tourists.
Fragonard Perfumerie, l'Usine Laboratoire, 06360 Eze-Village. Fragonard produce their own range of fragrances, which are relatively unknown, but they also provide ingredients for some of the more renowned perfume manufacturers. The factory at Eze serves as a museum, and the guided tour takes you through the perfume making process before, of course, bringing you to the factory shop. Even at factory prices this is not a cheap gift. I treated myself to a tiny 30ml bottle of Etoile, which I keep tucked away in my travel bag and which always reminds me of this trip.