Since we had a very relaxing stay during our time in Nice, food became a real highlight. There are two amazing restaurants we visited in Old Nice which were both amazing and worth sharing.
Oliviera is a great restaurant focusing on amazing olive oils. Every dish served (including appetizers and desserts) has it’s own unique olive oil paired with it to really bring out the flavours. The owner is there every night serving all the tables himself and sharing his true passion for not only olive oil but locally grown produce. We had a feta cheese and fig appetizer which was truly outstanding. He told us that he goes each morning very early to get the figs before they go on sale at the market so that he can ensure they have the best ones for the restaurant. You can really taste the quality in every bite at Oliviera. My only caution is to not expect quick service. This man is on his own with a very busy restaurant to look after so it is not the place to go if you are in a rush. Reservations are required most nights, but can easily be made a day or two before. This restaurant excepts cash only.
The Owner Stocking Up on Fresh Produce
L’Archairdo was recommended to us by a tour guide as a great place for tourists and locals alike. As soon as we walked up to the very busy restaurant, we saw a couple with the Rick Steve’s guide to France and knew we must be in a good place. The couple, who were also Canadian were just leaving, and by luck we were able to snatch up their outdoor table and enjoy one of the best meals we had in France. Our meals were simple but elegant and delicious. I definitely recommend the steak as they sure know how to cook it perfectly! Unfortunately, I can’t find a website for this restaurant, however it is located at 38 Rue Droite in Old Nice.
The charming exterior of this great little restaurant
** Images via Oliviera and Nice Tourism
Before I even start this post I must apologize for the silence in blogland. We have settled in Cambridge, but were without internet for over two weeks! While looking for jobs, and trying to connect with family and friends back home all from Starbucks I fell really behind. That being said, we had an absolutely amazing time in Nice and the surrounding area that I am really excited to share. If your planning a trip soon, here is what I recommend you check out:
1. Promenade Anglais
Try to avoid it in Nice! It is the main strip that connects you to the beach and Old Nice. We rented bikes (free for less than 30 min) and rode up and down the strip taking in the beautiful views. I’d recommend trying it at night as things are lit up beautifully and there are less people in the bike lanes.
Gourdon is a small town and incredibly beautiful. The views of the pre-alpes are incredible and you really feel like you are in a completely different world compared to Nice.
Grasse is the perfume capital of the world, and being tourists we of course did a tour and learned about the making of perfume. We weren’t exactly looking forward to it, but we actually had a lot of fun. It’s incredible the amount of time and effort that goes into creating scent, and the number of flowers that are needed to make one bottle of perfume.
4. St. Paul de Vence
I don’t want to play favourites, but St. Paul was definitely a highlight of the trip. It is such a special place, and one I hadn’t heard much about before visiting.
Cannes is of course the town known for the legendary film festival, and has very beautiful sand beaches (a contrast to the rock beaches of Nice). Cannes is filled with impressive yachts, and all the designer stores you could ever want.
6. Old Nice
Old Nice is very lively at night and where tourists and locals alike go for dinner. More on the amazing restaurants that we found in my next post!
Nice was really the point of our trip where we had the opportunity to fully chill out. We rented an apartment on airbnb with a huge terrace which was filled with sun for most of the day. We also had a kitchen, and we able to slow down a bit and make some meals at home. It was a great part of our trip and I would love to go back and check out more of the surrounding cities.
To continue on the Belgium theme of the last few days, we visited the city of Bruges. We were very much looking to our time there although when we arrived we found it very touristy. I know, I know- we’re tourists, but even so all of the stores felt over the top and there didn’t seem to be any local people in the areas we visited. That being said, the architecture in Bruges is truly incredible and was mostly built in Bruges’ golden age from the 12th to 15th century when there were a major port specializing in exporting textiles.
Anyway- here are some of the highlights. Hope it sparks some wanderlust and encourages you to book your next trip!
Minnewater Lake (Lake of Love)
Belfry of Bruges from the canal
Church of Our Lady, Bruges
The Provinciaal Hof.
Historical Buildings as Seen From the Canal
Beguinage (The old monastery)
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