If you follow me on instagram, then you know that a couple of weeks back Wendy from “Nomadic Fare” and I, had the opportunity to pay a visit to the Côte d’Azur along with France’s tourism development agency “Atout France”.
During our time spent in the South of France, we had the opportunity to visit four destinations where we learned about their history, their culture, their food and their people.
The French Riviera is mostly renowned for being a top resort destination, which naturally anyone to think of it solely as a place to go to relax, swim and get some sunshine.
What most people ignore, is the number of renowned artists who lived in and took inpiration from this region; and how that contributed to the development and proliferation of contemporary art.
Just like that, there are many anecdotes and stories I learned during my trip and I want to share with you all my discoveries as if you had been there with us :)
And so, we start with day one…
A colorful journey
Our adventure started after landing at the international airport of Nice, where we hopped on a car and went straight on the hunt of panoramic views and ice-cream colored façades in the captivating commune known as “Villefranche-sur-Mer”.
The colorful town is located only a short drive away from Nice and thanks to the geographical characteristics of its bay, it held great importance as a port throughout history.
Our afternoon in this joyful place, consisted of strolling up and down the little streets, taking it all in and stopping every few steps to take photos of everything that crossed our path, since all that beauty was impossible to ignore!
Sunset was our cue to hop back on the car and head back to Nice, where we would be spending our first two nights…
Hotel Windsor was our home in Nice; a charming place filled with art and greenery…
When walking through the hall of the 1st floor towards my room, I noticed that each had a name, and I was curious as to what I would get. When I arrived, I had to smile because mine was named “La Licorne” which means unicorn; couldn’t be a better match.
The room was spacious and had a pretty blue mural with two unicorns overlooking the bed, but my favorite part was the gorgeous balcony overlooking the backyard tropical garden.
In the evening we thought our cameras needed a rest and we headed down the street from our hotel to Bistro Dalpozzo, where we chatted, had a delicious dinner and listened to live jazz music while sitting at the outdoor terrace… In conclusion, a lovely way to finish a wonderful day.
A big thanks to the Côte d’Azur Tourism Board for hosting us!
Hotel Windsor 11 rue Dalpozzo, 06000 Nice
Bistro Dalpozzo 10 rue Dalpozzo, 06000 Nice
This trip was done in collaboration with, and under the expense of Atout France for journalistic purposes.
All comments depicted in this article are a 100% authentic, based on my personal experience.