The French Riviera
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the south of france feels like it came out of a story book: windy streets, cobblestone roads, the smell of fresh flowers. i was surprised at how far apart the towns along the sea were, but besides that it was an amazing place to absorb the mediterranean summer.
we decided to keep our homebase in nice nord - a quiet area about 10 minutes drive from central nice. we stayed at a magical bed and breakfast called au jardin de victorine. it was perfect. from your room, you could see the beautiful mountains, go for a morning run on the quiet cobblestone streets, and relax in the infinity pool. also, you had freshly made breakfast every morning on their patio. c'est la vie!
we decided to rent a car so that we could explore the small different towns along the coast - it was definitely worth it. especially since we stayed nice nord, which was only a 5 - 10 minute drive from the center of the city.
i will say that the destinations are a bit further away from each other than i thought. we spent quite a bit of time driving to places like st. tropez and antibes.
if you're not interested in renting a car, there is quite a bit of public transportatoin available.
there are so many beautiful places to eat here! though, the food isn't as healthy as i would have expected - it's a lot of cheese and fried things. but, you can definitely find fresh fruits and vegetables if you try. here were some of my favorites:
- la cave du fromager (nice): if you're vegan, don't go here. this place has great pastas, and serves fresh yummy french cheese on everything. i think i became addicted.
- mirazur (menton): this splurge-worthy restaurant was one of my first michelin-star meals and boy was it amazing. each dish transports you to a different time or memory...if you're looking for a romantic, delicious, fancy dinner go here.
- chateau eze (eze): magical, magical place. you're essentially seated in a castle overlooking the mediterranean sea. we came here for lunch and it was perfect. order a glass (bottle) of rose and you could be there all day!
- old town farmers market (nice): spend your saturday here before the beach and stock up on all your picnic favorites.
- butcher's shop (cap ferrat): okay, i can't find the name of this, but it was literally the best brie i've ever had. hands down. this tiny old man and his wife own this butcher shop, and have owned it for decades. please someone find it for me!
the best thing about the south of france is that you could make of it what you want. you could spend your time on the beach, or exploring old castles. here were some of my favorites:
- have rose on the beach in nice (or anywhere/everywhere)
- get lavender from the nice flower market
- hang on beach chairs / people watch at juan le pins (antibes)
- explore the cobblestone streets of eze
- take a perfume tour at fragonard in eze
- walk around cap ferrat and oogle at the houses
- spend a day in monaco