May 11, 2014

Nice: City life on the French Riviera.

Promenade des Anglais
Nice is a great place for shopping, café-life and people watching - in between - there's always the beach...

We rented an apartment in the charming, cobbled street old part of the city, vieux Nice.

We enjoyed: Café latte and croisant for breakfast while viewing life at the flower market. Power walk on the Promenade des Angles. Cold rosé wine on a sunbed at Castel Beach. Food and drinks in the old town.

City life in Nice
Our street in old Nice.

We had lots of yummy French cuisine at:

- Cote Marais Restaurant, 4 Rue du Pontin, 06300 Vieux Nice. Tel: 0493809539.
This is such a sweet little restaurant. The rubarb pie is to die for!

- If you love French cheese; try the Le Bistro du Fromager. Situated in an old wine cellar in Vieux Nice. 29 rue beoit bunico. Reservation: 0493130783. 

- La Colombe d'Or in Saint-Paul de Vence (more about this fab place further down).
- Lunch at Castel Beach (private beach right in front of old town Nice): If the weather is nice - what's better than having lunch at a beach restaurant?

- We also enjoyed La Favola - Italian restaurant at the crowded and fun flower market.
Lunch at Castel Beach. For some luxury: treat yourself to a sunbed as well, and enjoy the treat of being served a glass of ice cold rosé wine while watching the waves.
Great pizza and people watching at La Favola, situated at the flower market in the old town.
Saint-Paul de Vence - La Colombe d'Or
Sunday was spent in the hills above the Riviera, in picturesque Saint-Paul de Vense, easily reachable by 45 min on the bus.
We treated ourselves for lunch at the famous hotel and restaurant Colombe D'Or. Make sure you call well ahead for a reservation. It is expensive, but well worth the experience! It is decorated with such finesse. I especially enjoyed the art work displayed all over the dining area and reception (art work by Picasso, Léger, Miró, Roualt). If the weather is nice – try to get a table in the courtyard.

From their web site: The Colombe d’Or started as a café bar in 1920 with an open air-terrace where people would dance at weekends. It soon attracted characters from the neighborhood, which led to opening the Colombe d’Or, an inn of 3 rooms. The friendly atmosphere together with the owner’s deep interest in art attracted many artists to the place, and the walls were soon covered by paintings, which often were exchanged for a stay or a few meals. In 1940 the south became the “free zone” and a whole variety of thinkers and artists moved to the Cote d’Azur turning the Colombe d’Or into one of their places to meet. The careful expansion continued with the facade being assembled with stones from an old castle in Aix-en-Provence and the architect Jacques Couelle designing a fireplace with the hand imprints of the people who helped to build it.

Saint-Paul de Vence is a medieval fortified village in the hills above Cagne sur mer. It is renowned for all the famous artists who has stayed here, and it is full of art shops (some of them very tacky).
I would like to spend a dinner and night here with my boyfriend.
Our starter - lots of small dishes - a speciality of the restaurant.

Art work in the Colombe d'Or - try to get a table outside in the garden if the weather is nice.