HOW THIS TRIP TO NICE HAPPENED
This mini Eurotrip of mine happened because I jokingly asked. I’m not kidding.
My boss had wrapped up a phone call in French, and I asked if it was a client that was interested in working with us. He said yes and that the client was an old friend of his, but there was just one problem: the client is based in Nice, France and we’re in Manhattan.
And I *jokingly* said “you should send one of us to Nice”.
The next 2 days where an emotional roller coaster of whether I was going or not. I found out I was when I was on a bus going back home. Great timing right? I literally had 3 days to prepare and get everything sorted. While it wasn’t much time, it turned out to be an amazing trip.
WHAT MY DAYS LOOKED LIKE
For those of you who don’t already know, I work in social media for restaurants and small businesses. My days usually started with a quick walk to the corner boulangerie for freshly-baked croissants or a warm pain au chocolat, paired with a café.
I’d spend the rest of my early morning exploring the city. Then I’d head to the restaurant at around 11 and spend a few hours shooting the dishes as they came out. The staff was so unbelievably friendly and helped me out in any way they could. They also kept bringing me complimentary glasses of rosé, which wasn’t too bad either 😎
WHAT I RECOMMEND
Climb the Castle Hill Stairs for the most beautiful view of Nice. If you’re not exactly in the best shape (guilty), then just tell yourself that the ‘gram opportunities will be worth it. I actually climbed them 3 times because the first 2 times, the sun wasn’t fully out yet.
Stroll along the Promenade des Anglais and enjoy the beautiful views of the sea. It was so calming just walking along, and you can step off into the beach. There are sections of the beach that you have to pay for because they’re privately owned. 20 euros will provide you with a parasol and chair. The beach is also rocky, so be mindful of your footwear!
Enjoy the local cuisine, especially places that emphasize on seafood dishes. I spent a lot of my days eating lunch + dinner for free at the restaurant. 1) It was free and 2) more dishes to photograph. My first meal in France was a whole roasted sea bass, cooked to perfection.
Get lost in Vieux Nice because the Old Town is simply incomparable. The colors, narrow streets and tiny shops – there’s so much personality in Old Nice. I found myself wandering for a couple of hours, capturing as many photos as I could.
Indulge in fresh flowers + produce at the Cours Saleya. The market is famous for a reason. There are so many vendors and was a nice change from visiting my local Trader Joe’s. I’ll expand more on a separate post, but visiting this market is an absolute MUST.
Basically, I loved Nice even more than I ever thought I could. And this won’t be the last time I visit.