It’s not hard to wake up smiling with a view like this. Certainly, there are better views in the city: perhaps one that looks out over the Mediterranean, or an open plaza in Old Nice. However, this is a dramatic improvement over the tiny courtyard in my Silicon Valley apartment. I love not having a screen on my window: I can lean outside and look whichever way I please and let a pleasant breeze flow through my room. The bright turquoise volets (traditional shutters) are fabulous as well: I can leave them open for plenty of sunshine or close them to make my room almost completely dark when I want a nap.