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Seven days

Considering the size of it, Nice is a quite endearing city along the French Riviera. I've enjoyed kids crossing the street after school, uniforms still relatively neat after days spent playing soccer or maybe jumprope, and learning a foreign language (English perhaps); off-duty cops or firemen playing Petanc in a vacant lot; a kvetching barista's excellent Americano presented in the ever-present white china ILLY cup. People-watching people at outdoor bistro tables occasionally sipping on that goblet of white wine. There's a difference between being mellow and the habit of slothfulness—these citizens are clearly of the former persuasion.


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


With 15th century Spanish cannon balls falling in the town, how comforting to go about your town business scurrying along this Rue obscura.

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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.

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