Trip Snapshot: French Riveria

Destination:  Nice, France

The city of Nice is located on the French Riviera in Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur.
Fly, Drive or Train?
We drove from Zurich to Nice.  We use Mappy to calculate what the road tolls will be. Switzerland requires a Vignette to drive on their highways. It’s only chf 40 yearly but driving in other countries can add up fast.  This paticular trip was only 6 euros ($8.50) in tolls, but, for example, driving to Paris and back costs us over 40 euros ($56) in tolls.  It’s nice to be prepared so you will have the appropriate change.

Home base?

We were just outside of Nice in a resort town called Antibes. We found our apartment, on Venere.

A must see in the area?

Nice has the most amazing water front and beaches. The beaches stretch on for miles parallel to the Promenade des Anglais,  where you can enjoy great restaurants and some fun people watching. 

A must see in Nice is Carnival.  Carnival in Nice takes place in February for a few weeks, the last day of Carnival  always ends on Mardi Gras. The floats were amazing.











 

There are plenty of day time actives for the whole family to enjoy.

 



Another must visit in the area is Monaco.  It’s about a 30 minute drive from Nice. A visit to the Prince’s Palace of Monaco is a must. The changing of the guards takes place each day at 11:55 AM., and is a big hit for the kids. 











Another great site, is the famous, Monte Carlo Casino




If you get a chance, stroll by the parking lots near by, boat and car, they are pretty fun to look at.  The French Riviera has so much to offer besides it’s enjoyable climate. It’s an area I could go back to again and again, much more relaxing and slower paced then some of the big European cities.

2 thoughts on “Trip Snapshot: French Riveria

  1. Julie, this would be incredibly helpful to someone planning a Nice trip! All you have to do is compile these pages and throw in a few funny and/or challenging stories and voilla….your bbok!

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