The Allure of Stone Beaches

After doing the whirlwind tour of Europe, Nice was a welcome change. We bummed around the beaches, ate ice cream, and soaked in the chic, southern French culture.


The Allure of Stone Beaches

Member Rating 0 out of 5 by Susan on July 30, 2000

The beach was, quite obviously, the highlight of the trip. Every morning, we'd get our swimsuits on and walk down to the stone-covered beach. The waves were mild, and the scene was nothing but relaxing.${QuickSuggestions} Don't be shocked when you see local women remove their swimsuit tops (even the older, more overweight ladies have no shame). The body is not an embarrassing factor in the Europeans' lives. Live a little and take off your own top!${BestWay} We walked everywhere. The farthest we walked (about an hour) took us almost completely around town. Buses are available, but you see more when you walk at your own pace.

Hotel Darcy

Member Rating 4 out of 5 by Susan on July 30, 2000

This was one of the larger hotels we stayed in while visiting Europe. The hotel was fairly old, but quite reputable and clean. The room had a desk, chair, shower and sink, with a wonderful window overlooking the bustle of Nice life below. Some nights it was all I could do not to resent the Nice night life, as it carries on until all hours. Ask for a room facing away from the street if you value your sleep.
Hotel Darcy
28 Rue d'Angleterre
Nice, France
(04) 9388-6706

La Pizza

Member Rating 3 out of 5 by Susan on July 30, 2000

Nice is close enough to Italy to boast a tasty helping of pizza! But if you're expecting Pizza Hut, you're in for a shock. Gone is the grease, the pasty sauce and stringy cheese. Instead is a delightful array of toppings, from fruits de mer (seafood, but not what you'd expect), goat cheese and vegetables. The service is friendly, and English explanations of the menu are always an option.
La Pizza
34 rue Massena
Nice, France
04-93-87-70-29

Cote d'Azur

Member Rating 4 out of 5 by Susan on July 30, 2000

This isn't your typical American party beach. People come here to worship the sun, splash in the waters, or share a picnic on the smooth pebbles that make up the beach. You won't have to worry about sand sticking to you, but beware of uncomfortable rocks poking you while you lay down. Buying a foldable straw mat will greatly improve your visit there. The water is deep blue, and sailboats are seen lazily swaying in the distance.
Promenade des Anglais
Ave de Bellet east to Jean Jaurès Blvd
Nice, France, 06000
+33 4 92 14 48 00

Promenade des Anglais

Member Rating 3 out of 5 by Susan on July 30, 2000

Take this walk at night when everything has cooled off and you have a wonderful scene of lights to enjoy. Most of the promenade is covered with a trellis and soft lighting, and chairs line the promenade overlooking the blackness of the ocean. It's a great spot for romance!
Promenade des Anglais
Ave de Bellet east to Jean Jaurès Blvd
Nice, France, 06000
+33 4 92 14 48 00

Marche aux Fleurs

Member Rating 3 out of 5 by Susan on July 30, 2000

You can smell this market from a block away. You'll find all kinds of flowers, from roses and lilies, to tropical European flowers that look like art. Prices are competitive, since all the vendors have to sell their product before it wilts. Sometimes you can haggle over the price.
Marché aux fleurs
Cours Saleya
Nice, France, 06300

http://www.igougo.com/journal-j799-Nice-The_Allure_of_Stone_Beaches.html

©Travelocity.com LP 2000-2009