I’m really excited to start sharing photos and stories from our trip to southern France. We had a wonderful time and fell in love with the area, so I’m even more happy to share all of our finds with you. Because we were trying to enjoy our trip as much as possible, we weren’t perfect with taking photos and compiling complete tour guides, but there were definitely highlights that are musts if (hopefully when) you find yourself traveling to southern France!
Nice Bike Tour
T planned the entire trip. Besides wanting to visit the outdoor markets, two in particular, and wanting some beach time, I left the entire trip in his hands. And he did a great job, including an awesome Nice bike tour through Nice Cycle Tours for our first day. While we like to pretend we fit in with the locals as much as possible when traveling, a tour to orient yourself in the city is always a good idea upon arrival. Tons more fun than a bus tour, however, was this bike tour.
We pedaled up, down, and around Nice for three hours getting a good layout of the city, capturing stunning views (obviously), and getting a good history of the city. I can’t recommend this bike tour of Nice enough. You should have a filling breakfast to get ready to pedal and maneuver through those narrow streets! We also suggest taking the morning tour before the crowds take over the streets and it gets too warm.
A Little Nice History
There are two things to know about Nice. First, it was part of an Italian city-state until the mid-19th Century. There is a lot of Italian influence, including pizza and pasta as mainstays in their diet. Sadly, the wonderfully delicious cappuccinos of Italy did not make their way to France. We found their coffee to be slightly bitter (fine but not great) and incredibly overpriced.
The gelato, however, did make its way to France and we partook in every town at least once! The second thing to know about Nice is that it is a tourist hot spot. While planning the trip, many people told us to get out of Nice as soon as possible. We actually enjoyed Nice quite a bit for the three days we were there. We were tired of all the tourists and ready to discover other French cities by the end of our stay, however.