Jon and I are back in London after a long weekend (the first of two May bank holidays) on the French Riviera. The weather was sunny, in the 70s and breezy. The water was, in fact, azure, and we ate at several excellent restaurants – the standouts being the two-Michelin-starred Keisuke Matsushima in Nice and Le Mirazur in Menton. Sometimes (i.e., when talking about French restaurants in France), the Guide Michelin gets things right, I guess.
To fund our eating adventures, we saved tons of money by staying in a cheap (80 euros a night) but clean hotel located in the pedestrian zone off the Place Massena in Nice. The rooms at the Hotel Regence were small, but very tidy and with spacious, modern bathrooms. It perfectly captured our priorities for a hotel – prime location, low price, good bathrooms.
We also were psyched that a TripAdvisor poster told us to ignore the taxis at the airport and instead travel to and from the Nice Cote d’Azur airport by hopping on the Number 98 bus, which costs 4 euros each way, takes only 20 minutes to reach the Old Town part of Nice, and runs along the sparkling-blue-turquoise waters of the Baie des Anges (see photo at top).
It was a rejuvenating three days, and while I wish we’d stayed longer to do a little shopping and soak in the atmosphere from a few more Riviera towns, I felt lucky to be able to hop over to the Riviera for a weekend.
Detailed posts to follow, bien sur.