France, Nice

First Day in Nice, France

August 30, 2009

We went to Madrid Terminal 4 at around 4am to catch the Brussels Airline flight to Nice via Brussels at 0645. The plane ride from Brussels to Nice was the worst I’ve had or maybe I just plainly hate plane rides. It’s good though that the scenic view from the airport to the hotel in Nice was breathtaking, it took my mind off the horrible plane ride.

Clear blue sea on your right and mountains in front of you was what Promenade d’anglais is like – the main and most famous street of Nice. Our hotel was just a 10-min walk from the promenade, so it wasn’t that bad for us. We spent some few hours inside the hotel to rest for a bit before heading out to search for lunch just to find out that the restaurants at Nice will not open until 7pm, it was only 5pm then. So we went back to the hotel and slept for 2 hours before heading to Rue Paganini where all the Asian restaurants were. Lol. We went inside a family-owned Vietnamese restaurant where the owner was the actual and sole server of the restaurant. It serves the best spring roll!!! Both the owner and the cook (husband and wife) had warm greetings to every person walking inside their place, I would definitely recommend it if only I can remember the name of the restaurant. :p

After dinner, we walked towards Promenade d’Anglais and found a flea market on the way there. Artists, performers, restaurants, bars, hotels, living statues – the street was vibrant and packed with tourists. Even at the Promenade you can find lots of artists, people jogging around, people walking their dogs, group of teenagers having picnic on the beach at 10 in the evening.

Nice

We went back to our hotel after sitting on one of the benches facing the sea for a good hour. I made a mental note to myself – to go back to Nice with a “special someone”, I fell in love with it.

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