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Nice France Sightseeing Guide

Place Massena in Nice FranceThe best part about flying into Nice Airport is the view. The runway is right on the sea, and as the plane makes its descent, there are gorgeous views of everything from the waterfront Promenade des Anglais to the tree-studded mountains in the background.

I enjoyed these in-flight views of Nice on Friday afternoon as I traveled to the French Riviera. But it wasn’t just the views I was excited about. It was also the homecoming. Since living in Nice when I was 18, I have only been back twice. The last time was six years ago, and I’ve been due for a visit for quite awhile.

Nice Palais de Justice in FranceAfter reaching the city center, I started to realize how much of Nice has changed since I lived there, and how much has remained constant. Starting in Place Massena, I noticed a series of opaque sculptures on poles that weren’t there on my last visit. All of them were shaped like humans. Set against the bright blue sky, they were a great addition to the city’s most famous square.

Next came Vieux Nice. I couldn’t resist a walk down Cours Saleya, the home of a huge flower market and several open-air cafes. It was nice to see that the market hadn’t changed, and great to walk through the perfumed rows of roses and lavender.

Nice France SculpturesSpeaking of lavender, the lavender gelato at Glacier Fenocchio in Place Rossetti was still as amazing as ever. The artisan gelateria—Nice’s most famous place for ice cream—still had two long rows of unique gelato flavors like avocado, violet, and tomato and basil. On my second visit of the trip, I tried the orange blossom flavor, which tasted just like Sevilla in the springtime.

As I savored the gelato, I looked around the square and realized how many more places were still there that I had forgotten about. Next to the gelateria was the restaurant where I had my first-ever glass of red wine (it seems funny now to think about how much I disliked it). Not far from there were some of the nightlife spots that my classmates and I would occasionally go, including an American establishment called Wayne’s and a small bar called Blue Whales.

Another thing that I was happy to see in Vieux Nice was the excellent socca. A traditional local snack, socca is a crepe-like food made from chickpeas. The best in Nice is found at Lou Pilha Leva, but the second batch of socca I had at a cafe near Place Rossetti wasn’t bad either.

Full of good local food, I found myself wandering through the small winding streets of the old town. I was glad that most of the shops I used to go to were still in business, but a bit surprised to remember how much I loved shopping as a teenager.

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