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Spotlight on Nice

Nice in southern France’s Mediterranean coast is a world famous destination for its climate, history, culture and entertainment. Nice is also the largest city in the French Riviera and offers its visitors chic and refined lifestyle, cosmopolitan shopping experiences and beautiful architecture.

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In addition to the city centre itself, Nice is recommended for unrivalled beaches and seaside promenades, very interesting museums and several famous landmarks. The miles-long pebble beach stretches along the Mediterranean seaside and is dotted with restaurants boasting lovely views.  You can  walk or drive along the 5km stylish 1830’s  Promenade des Anglais, home to Nice’s most elegant hotels and shops. The main outdoor market (Marche aux Fleurs)  in the old city (Vieux Nice),is  also near the seaside.

A visit to the Musee d’Art Moderne et d’Art Contemporain  is recommended for its impressive building and works by Niki de Saint-Phalle, by the Ecole de Nice and even Andy Warhol.  The Musee des Beaux Arts features Impressionist and post-Impressionist pieces by Renoir, Sisley and Monet to name a few. Other museums such as  the Matisse, Chagall and Picasso contain more specialized inventories; there are also the Musée d’Art et d’Histoire (Massena) and Musee d’Histoire Naturelle de Nice describing this city’s natural history.

For some of the city’s most famous landmarks, visit the very attractive period central train station (Gare de Nice-Ville),  the nearby 1912 Cathedrale Orthodoxe Russe St-Nicolas complete with onion shaped dome, the French/Italian style Chamber of Commerce and the imposing law courts (Palais de Justice). You’ll find the gigantic sculpture La Tête au Carré de Sosno by the Acropolis Convention Centre.

The Northern Baths

Nice’s nightlife is appropriate for its high cultural and financial standing. Many superb eateries, bars, clubs  and casinos are dotted throughout the city and its environs

If you want to take a break from the city, there are many day trips available to choose from. Those include visiting the seaside towns of Antibes (of Picasso Castle Museum fame) and Cannes (best known for its Film Festival each Spring), as well as the independent state of Monte Carlo.

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Karen Bryan

Karen Bryan is the founding editor of the UK based, multi author Europe a la Carte Blog which features Europe travel tips about the best places to visit in Europe.

Posted : Thursday, October 14th, 2010 at 12:35
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