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Nice

Six nights

Notable for its wonderfully walkable surface (a broad expanse stretching to Nice airport), the Promenade des Anglais skirts the main beach here. Alongside there are pay-per-umbrella-and-chaises parts and absolutely free parts. A place to relax even more.

street after school here, uniforms still relatively neat after days spent playing soccer or maybe jump-rope, and learning a foreign language (English perhaps); I have watched the casual fellowship of off-duty cops or firemen playing Petanc in a vacant lot; enjoyed a kvetching barista's excellent Americano presented in the ever-present white china illy cup. I've joined people-watching watchers at bistro tables, occasionally sipping from that glass of white wine. There's a difference between being mellow and just lazing about—and though citizens are clearly of the former sort, how tempting to become the latter.

The Infinitely classy and eye-popping-costly Negresco Hotel. We will admire it from outside.

Considering that its spread-out city limits enclose nearly a million people, Nice feels quite a doable city along the French Riviera. I've enjoyed kids crossing the 

With 15th century Spanish cannon balls smashing into the town, how comforting to go about your local business scurrying along this Rue obscure.

Or ride the train (or walk an hour or so) over the hill to the east, to the wonderful little town of ​Villefranche-sur-mer which is smaller and also more laid back.

Click to see our lodging in Old Nice
Mellow highlights from Nice visit years ago..

And we couldn't leave this part of the world without spending some beautiful days in Provence; in particular

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