As soon as the end of our first year at uni was in sight, my friend Abbi and I decided it would be good to plan a little getaway to 1; celebrate the end of the year and 2; unwind from all the exam and essay stress. As you can probably tell by the title of this post, we chose to go to Nice in the South of France where all we had to worry about was our tan and if the supermarket had enough baguettes in the morning.
I had never been to Nice before but I kind of had an idea of what to expect. I can now say for sure that my expectations had been exceeded; what a gorgeous place! I absolutely loved every corner and every restaurant there was!
It was so good to plan a relaxing getaway, even though we were only there for four days it really helped to clear my mind and feel more relaxed and a lot less stressed (I didn't have anything like uni to stress about anymore but I still felt like I did - does anyone else get this? Where you feel like you should be working 24/7?)
Anyway, let me tell you more about our trip and if it is worth paying a visit anytime soon...
Where we stayed
We stayed at a local airbnb (here) which was only a 15/20 min to the beach and train station! The place was very spacious, modern and clean and I honestly could not say a bad word about it - best nights sleep I had in a long time. There were small supermarkets in our little street where we bought some fruit, yogurt and other breakfast essentials. For lunch and dinners we went out every day.
Walking around Nice felt so relaxing, everybody is so chilled and it was good to getaway from the London stress for awhile! There are many local shops but also a few well known stores and of course Galeries Lafayette - not as beautiful as the one in Paris but definitely still good for an afternoon of shopping! Which is what I do best, sadly. *apologising to my bank balance*
As I am typing this I am realising how little we did, it was beach day everyday and I don't regret it at all! The Nice beach is amazing - it can get quite busy like any other beach and I personally prefer sand to pebbles BUT it is still pretty good. The view makes you never want to leave and it made me jealous of all the citizens who get to see it every single day.
One of the nights we went for dinner a lot later than usual and most of the restaurants were still full of people. I have always loved places like the South of France and especially Italy, where food is so important and where people can sit down for dinner for hours and hours just talking and drinking wine. (definitely a lifestyle I can get used to.)
Usually when I go on city breaks I have all the days planned out and a list on the go for things to see and to do. I think this is not necessary for Nice, it is better to just go and explore whilst you are there and make the most of the beach and the relaxing environment. I think other cities are better for full itineraries.
Obviously if you do want full planned days and knowing what to do next, i would suggest checking out airbnb activities. They offer loads of amazing things to do such as yoga on the beach in the morning, wine tasting and guided tours.
If you are looking for a cute and special place to have some food and drinks then I would highly recommend checking out Farago. This place was recommended by our lovely hostess and it is the best rooftop bar in Nice! The pictures below are from there. I would highly recommend booking a late table because you get to see the view when it is light and when it gets darker which is so worth it! It was a little bit more expensive than other places we had seen but still reasonably priced and so worth it for the view.
This wasn't intended as a very ''tourist-y'' trip but more of a relaxing getaway. We did however go to Monte Carlo for one day so keep your eyes open for a new post about our time there very soon! Thank you so much for all the love on my fashion content, I hope you don't mind some travel related posts!
Love, M x