Things to See and Do in Nice | French Riviera


Firstly, it must said - With a heavy heart, I pray for everyone who has been affected by the recent unspeakable attacks in the south of France, I pray for recovery and unity. We stand with you. #PrayForNice #PrayForTheWorld  #LibertéEgalitéFraternité



Being one of my favourite places to visit, I have been planning this blog post for a while to share this beautiful place with you. I have been visiting the French Riviera nearly every year since 2010 and even though I haven't branched out in my travels THAT MUCH to give a fair comment - it is honestly one of the best holiday destinations I have ever visited for various reasons. Being the most popular tourist destination in the country aside from Paris, Nice welcomes around 5 million visitors per year thanks to great airport and boat links. See below my top 4 things to see and do whilst in the south of France!

1. Stroll along the Promenade des Anglais and relax on the Pebble Beach 


The Promenade des Anglais was constructed in the Victorian era as well to-do visitors and tourists demanded a flash walkway to show off their elegant attire - today the Promenade welcomes everyone as it stretches the whole way from the Nice Côte d'Azur Airport to the port. You should take an afternoon to stroll and appreciate this beautiful landmark - seeking the picturesque views of the Med and the many flash hotels that sit alongside (such as Le Negresco and the Hyatt Regency Nice Palais de la Méditerranée). 

To my surprise, Nice beach is actually pebble! I have no idea why this is - it is pretty to look at but I am definitely not a pretty sight trying to walk on it! Always make sure you take flip flops with you or you can buy suitable 'beach shoes' in the shops along the street. Once you get a emm... a comfortable rock to lay your head, Nice beach is the perfect place to sit and people watch. Bear in mind that there are various sections of Nice beach that are private and belong to hotels (check with your hotel to see if you have a section) but there seems to be enough space for everyone on the public stretch (and it's free!).


Nice beach
Nice beach

2. Go to Eze Village

Eze is a little village approximately 40 minutes from Nice (by bus). Virtually untouched, it is built into the mountainside and still boasts perfectly pebbled narrow streets and tall buildings with terracotta rooftops. Take the bus (currently from Vauban station) for €1.50 - always check the times for going and returning as there may only be one bus every couple of hours. 

Eze Village buildings
Eze Village
Although set into a mountain, anyone with a decent level of fitness can visit Eze Village. You don't have to be a rambler/hiker and you can definitely wear your sandals! On the way up you will pass many small independent boutiques and art galleries - if you would like to bring home something different from the south of France this is one of the places to get it. Once you reach the top (30mins-1hour) take a seat at the outdoor cafe and enjoy a Niçoise salad or some focaccia bread - I have had both and they are utterly AMAZING. If you want, you also can pay to go into Le Jardin Exotique (currently €6) - if not, make your way back down again and visit the two perfumeries - Parfumerie Galimard and Fragonard. Personally, my favourite is Fragonard and I purchased one of their perfumes - 'Cèdre'! 
Eze village narrow streets
The narrow streets of Eze Village
Eze Village is a place that I have visited each and everytime I have been to the south of France - It's definitely in my top 5 things to do!

Best way to travel? Bus
Visit duration? 2/3 hours
Landmarks? Cafe at the top of the hill and Le Jardin Exotique 
Don't forget... to take your CAMERA! The views over the land and sea from this quaint village is well worth the bus ride

For more information click here to go to the official Eze tourism page or here for TripAdvisor 


This place is far too pretty to not share more photos!
Sea view Eze village
Eze Village sea view
Salade Nicoise
Salade Niçoise (my fav!)
Old buildings of Eze Village
Old buildings of Eze Village

Herbes de Provence
Herbes de Provence 

3. Splash out in Monaco 

Want to stick out like a sore thumb and see how the other half live? Monaco/Monte Carlo is the place to do just that! Officially called 'The Principality of Monaco', Monaco is the second smallest country in the world (yes that's right, it is an independent country) and it is the home to the highest amount of billionaires on earth. Facts aside, Monte Carlo in particular is a beautiful place -  as one of the highest sought after places to live, a home there doesn't come cheap and they actually have to built upwards due to the small ground area. Want a Monaco address? A few million for a one bed apartment should get you that!
Cafe de Paris Monte Carlo
Cafe de Paris Monte Carlo

Monaco is East of Nice and it takes approximately 1 hour to get there by bus (number 100 from Nice Port), depending on the traffic. Don't let the travel put you off though - the bus travels the whole way along the coastline and the views are breathtaking (sit on the right side of the bus on the way there and on the left on the way back). There are a few stops in Monaco but I always get off at the stop 'Monte Carlo' - you can't get too confused with that, even if you speak zero French!
Chanel Monte Carlo
Chanel Monte Carlo
Once you get off the bus, make your way down into the centre of Monte Carlo where you will see the Café de Paris so you can dine like a celeb, the spectacular Monte Carlo Casino where you can pretend to be in James Bond and the Hôtel de Paris which has played host to many well known figures. Personally however, each time I have visited Monte Carlo I have done little walking about and just sat and people watched! There is a lot of hustle and bustle for a small place, there is so much going on and always something to look at! Try and get a seat outside in the Café de Paris and order yourself a tea or coffee. Prices are expensive, but not extortionate. €12 for two small coffees anyone? Anyway, it's the location and experience you are paying for.
Monte Carlo Casino
Monte Carlo Casino

I got my first Louis Vuitton handbag in Monte Carlo (Speedy 30) and if that is your interest, you have many designer shops to choose from. There is nowhere else you'd want to splurge, right? Aside from that, go a stroll around the port where you will see yachts of majestic size belonging to anyone from celebrities and businesspeople to royalty. Click here to see the number of boat and cruise trips you can drop around this beautiful part of the world. 

Best way to travel? Bus or Train
Visit Duration? Anything from 1 hour if you are just going for a quick look around to a good half-day trip
Landmarks? Monte Carlo Casino, Hôtel de Paris, Monte Carlo Port, Oceanographic Museum of Monaco, Le Metropole Shopping Centre, Grand Prix.  

For more information click here for the official Monaco tourism page or here for TripAdvisor 

4. Visit Nice Vieille Ville (Old Town) 

Do you like mazes? No map, GPS or friend with an amazing sense of direction will ever get you out of Nice old town the first couple of times you visit! Everytime I go I always end up walking round in circles... What I like about it is that each time you go, you find another street with another boutique or restaurant that you haven't seen before. The key is to visit evening time, when I spend the days shopping or visiting the nearby villages I always come back to have dinner in Nice old town at night. It's a great place to sit, chill and just watch the world go by.


Old cobbled streets of Nice Old Town
Old cobbled streets of Nice Old Town
There is so much I could say about Nice Old town and i'd like to take another post and talk about it in more detail. For now I will leave you with my two favourite restaurants in the area, sure that's the most important thing, right?!

1. La Favola (Cours Saleya) - You will find that the majority of restaurants in Nice are Italian inspired (due to the fact that Nice hasn't been French for that long!) so if you like pizza and pasta then you will be in your element. La Favola is one of the most popular restaurants in Nice and it has a waiting list to get seated most nights (don't let this out you off though, it's very fast moving and well worth the wait!). You don't need to worry about what you order from this menu, I guarantee that you will enjoy anything! (I'm slowly but surely making my way through the entire menu, ummm... but my favourite dish has to be the lasagne). 
Pasta dish La Favola
Pasta dish La Favola
2. Di Piu (Quai des états-Unis) - Ok... I'm kinda cheating' here because Di Piu is actually owned by the same people as La Favola (La Voglia too!) but their pizzas are to die for! I also love where this restaurant is situated as it looks right out onto the promenade so you can sit and eat whilst looking out to sea. Perfection!
Di Piu Pizza
Di Pui Pizzas

For more information see the restaurant reviews on TripAdvisor: La Favola / Di Piu

Ok... I am aware of that fact this post is getting' extra long! I initially was going to write about my top 10 things to see and do in and around Nice but soon realised that I'd be sitting here all day...

In that case, there will be a part 2 (maybe parts 3/4/5!) to look forward too!

In the meantime, follow me on Instagram | Facebook | Twitter where I do the most of my Cote D'Azur reminiscing!

Talk soon,
Emma xx

See my previous post: Louis Vuitton Favourite MM Monogram Handbag


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Louis Vuitton - Favorite MM Monogram Handbag

Louis Vuitton Favorite MM Monogram Handbag Review

Well this beauty is most definitely the biggest impulse purchase I have ever had in. my .life. I knew there was no going back as I placed my card into the chip and pin not to mention the fact that my flight home a few hours later!

Everyone deserves a treat right? I like to 'treat' myself to something when I go on holiday every year and this is the most recent purchase. When I initially saw it I didn't like it  to be honest, I thought it was an impractical 'in-between' size. Too large to be a clutch bag and too small to carry on your shoulder! I left it down and told the girl that 'I'd have a think about it' - That's what we all say when we need to make a quick exit right?

I thought about it the next day again and headed down to the store for another look (why oh why was the hotel a 5 minute walk from Louis Vuitton, Dior, Chanel and every other designer shop you could think of?!). I tried it on like a cross-body bag and placed my purse inside it to see how it would fit. I looked in the mirror and it was love at... second sight...

Louis Vuitton Favorite MM Monogram Handbag Review

I don't know what it was, I went from not liking it to loving it in 24 hours. Either that or the sales assistant was really good at her job! I have three Louis handbags and they are all pretty casual (except for my Speedy 30 which I think can be dressed up nicely) so the Favorite MM is nice for nights out when I don't need to take everything plus the kitchen sink with me. (There is also a smaller version called the Favorite PM). My purse and phone fits perfectly inside it, the gold chain is so eye-catching (this doubles up as a second strap if you want a shorter shoulder bag) and it sits close to your body so it isn't bulky looking.

Before I knew it I was nodding my head and I'll never see that £555 again.  You know what they say though, it's an 'investment piece', 'i'll have it for life' - Who am I kidding, the amount of false justifications I give myself for impulse purchases is ridiculous! 

Louis Vuitton Favorite MM Monogram Handbag Review
Calm face but screaming with happiness inside!
Made from the gorgeous 'LV' monogram printed leather, with looped long strap and magnetic closure - it truly is a beautiful handbag. Not going to lie, I do polish and buff the gold detailing at the front. Sad I know... I also wear it when I'm wearing head to toe black, it doesn't match at all but oh well!

Check out the official images on the Louis Vuitton website by clicking here. If you are a lover of the Damier Azur  or Damier Ebene canvas, this little bag comes in those leathers too!

Louis Vuitton Favorite MM Monogram Handbag Review

Louis Vuitton Logo
This was right at the door, the security man was staring at me like 'can you get any closer?!'
Let me know what you think my commenting below or contacting me on good old social media. Do you own any LV's? Which are your favourites?

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Luxemme Limited Edition Cecile Bardot Twist Cut Out Dress

An LBD is something that should be in everybody's wardrobe for that night when you just have nothing else to wear (keeping in mind that you still have clothes hanging there with the tags still intact. Yes we are all guilty...) The lovely people at Luxemme got in contact and gifted me with this, 'the Cecile Bardot Twist Cut Out dress'

Luxemme Limited Edition Cecile Bardot Twist Cut Out Dress

The first thing that drew me to this LBD was the upper half. I don't like low cut tops or dresses so I like how this has a halter style to it with huge cut outs at the shoulders. As far as that goes, it's quite different to anything that I have saw on the high-street lately. I was actually surprised at the material of this dress, from looking on the website I thought it was a bodycon or 'scuba' material but it isn't, it definitely isn't 'skin tight' which is good if you are a little conscious of tight clothing.

Luxemme Limited Edition Cecile Bardot Twist Cut Out Dress

I have honestly never heared of Luxemme before but they are certainly a brand to watch. I love how they are so blogger friendly and show photos of 'real' people wearing their clothes. (Check out their 'spotted' gallery here). Another thing that I like is the 'countdown' in the form of ' ONLY 10 LEFT' etc. Really though, who wants to miss out? Not me! It's great for keeping your eye on what's popular and what is getting snapped up quick!

This dress is part of the Limited Edition range, if you do prefer something that is lower cut with the same should cut outs then you should definitely check out the Wyatt Crepe Plunge dress. If soft and floaty fabrics are more your thing, have a look at the Elodie Crepe Cape dress. This reminds me of cape blazers, something that I really want but haven't found the perfect one just yet!

Luxemme Limited Edition Cecile Bardot Twist Cut Out Dress
Et voila, the full outfit! With an LBD I just love gold accessories but I'm thinking that a red stiletto would also look amazing. If you wanted to go all out just imagine how a Loubie shoe would look, patent black with shiny red sole. Yum.


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