The best of the French Riviera, via Instagram

The best of the French Riviera, via Instagram

When I decided to visit Croatia, I realized there was no way I’d be able to go to Europe without at least a stopover in Nice: I spent seven months living in this Mediterranean gem, but with studying French, two jobs, a blog and a social life, I didn’t get to explore and relax on the beach nearly as much as I would have liked.

View of Villefranche from the 1 Euro bus, with no filter

I remedied that with a full 10 days of holiday mode while in Nice: spending all day lazing on the beach, ice creams in the afternoon, dates for dinner, wine, drinks that turned into mini pub crawls and dance sessions. It reminded me just how much I love the beauty of Nice: a destination where you truly don’t need the Instagram filter, where the blue of the sea and the sky is stunning without any help.

Daring boys jumping off the diving board at La Reserve, Le Plongeoir, Nice, France

Daring boys jumping off the diving board at La Reserve made it one of my favorite new beach finds.

Thumb sculpture outside Hotel de Ville in Nice, France

Thumbs up at Hôtel de Ville.

Fireworks over old Nice, France

Unexpected fireworks from my balcony on a Sunday night.

Sand volleyball court on the beach in Nice, France

Bringing in the sand for beach volleyball on the rocky shores of Nice.

Sunrise over Place Garibaldi in Nice, France

I loved waking up to this view: sun rising over the hills and Place Garibaldi.

Turquoise sea on the pebble beach in Nice, France

The color of the Mediterranean: no filter needed.

Boats in port in Nice, France

Colorful boats filling up the port.

Sunset over the beach in Nice, France

The perfect last night: laughs and drinks with friends under the sunset on the beach.

What’s your favorite shot of the French Riviera? 

  • I visited Nice for about a day and a half back in 2010. I can’t say I liked it that much – don’t know why…it just wasn’t that enjoyable for me – but one thing I did like was the sea views. Walking along the Promenade des Anglais was gorgeous and so was the bus ride to Monte Carlo and back. And then there was Eze-le-Village. Mon Dieu! 

  • travel and vacation planning

    Excellent photos! 😉

  • Tim

    Haven’t been there. Thank you for the wonderful photos. It showed the beauty of
    Nice in any time of the day.  

  • camorose

    Absolutely love the area surrounding Nice–you just can’t beat the Mediterranean views!

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  • camorose

    Glad you enjoyed them–Nice is definitely a city worth visiting 🙂

  • I just want to step right into all of these.

  • camorose

    I wish I could go back! So gorgeous!

  • Great stuff…love the one of the boats…

  • camorose

    Did lots of exploring around the port this trip–so beautiful!