Nice
France
By Libby Peck

Stretching along the Mediterranean coast, car lights glitter off the quietly stirring sea. Unmistakably French yet undeniably influenced from other parts of the world, Nice is truly a gem to visit. Literally called Nice the Beautiful, this cosmopolitan French city is the fifth largest in the country and is second only to Paris in its attraction to visitors. Want to get away? Wouldn’t Nice be nice?

Naturally, Nice’s Mediterranean climate makes it perfect to vacation in any time of year—perfect to work around work schedules or a child’s school year. Imagine the sun rising over the coast as you dip down the sky for landing in French paradise! WhatsCheaper.com recommends you fly into the Cote d’Azur Airport (NCE), a hub for other tourists such as yourself! Click here to find the next dates to fly out: (http://www.whatscheaper.com/flight.php).  WhatsCheaper.com can also assist with booking your hotel reservations during your stay in Nice; just click here (http://www.whatscheaper.com/hotel.php) to get started today.

After you’ve settled in, stretch your legs by walking the Promenade des Anglais. Commissioned by English visitors to the town in the 18th century, the boardwalk parallels the Mediterranean. Here at WhatsCheaper.com we think you should take a relaxing stroll—or several—down the Promenade. If you prefer feeling the sand when you go to the beach, the shoreline is right there for your taking.

We also recommend finding the “Pedestrian Zone”, just further inland from the Promenade, to eat a quiet meal and to pick up souvenirs. Nice has a rich culture of North African, Italian, Spanish, and southeast Asian influences, so WhatsCheaper.com recommends trying foreign food as well as Nicoise delicacies such as ratatouille and pissaladière.

When you can bear to tear yourself away from the Promenade, WhatsCheaper.com thinks you should soak in the rich artistic background of Nice as well. Musée Matisse is located in a 17th century villa and holds one of the largest collections of Henri Matisse’s works. The archives span the painter’s career from beginning to end, and also includes a collection of his personal objects.

After exploring there, WhatsCheaper.com suggests checking out the Musée Marc Chagall. Another national museum, this was created and based off of a religious piece by the artist and has since expanded into a collection of his religion- and spiritually-inspired works. No matter what you believe, you won’t deny the beauty of the work of either of these visionaries.

If you prefer architecture, WhatsCheaper.com thinks that St Nicholas Orthodox Cathedral will intrigue you. With spires resembling Moscow’s Kremlin and a coral exterior, it is no wonder that this church was supposed to be a central place of life for Russians who had moved to the French seaside. Nice truly is a diverse city with many outside influences, so this national monument is yet another hidden surprise the city has to offer.

Nice’s natural beauty can be found not only at the beach. Jardin botanique de Nice, or Nice Botanical Garden, is home to several thousand Mediterranean trees, herbs, and other plants. WhatsCheaper.com suggests adding a magical French touch to your trip by lounging in the gardens with a packed lunch and glass of wine as you bask in sunlight.

Are you ready to leave yet? Make sure the WhatsCheaper.com team helps you! All you have to do is click one of our links above to plan an unforgettable trip to Nice.

MUST SEE IN Nice LIST:

  • 1. Colline du Chateau
  • 2. Old Town
  • 3. Nice Opera
  • 4. Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art
  • 5. Museum of Naive Art
  • 6. Cave Wilson
  • 7. Blue Beach Resort
  • 8. Terra Amata Museum
  • 9. Cave 35
  • 10. Fine Arts Museum

Nice EVENT CALENDAR:

  • 1. New Year's Concert - January
  • 2. Salon du Mariage - January
  • 3. Mardi Gras Carnival - February
  • 4. Gourd Festival - March
  • 5. Nice Half Marathon - April
  • 6. Nice Jazz Festival - July
  • 7. La Castellada - July
  • 8. Nice Musical Nights - August
  • 9. Festival Manca - November
  • 10. Nice Christmas Village - December

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Le Meridien Nice
1, Promenade des Anglais, 06046 Nice, France
By Katelyn Mohney

Nestled between Cannes and Monaco, Nice is a wonderful place to experience the rich culture and explore the indescribable beauty of France. Le Méridien Nice is located along the Southern Mediterranean coast and overlooks the heart of the city, the Mediterranean Sea and the Baie des Anges. Only a short drive from the Nice International Airport and with every destination potential guests might want to visit only a simple walk or ride on the bus, train or tram away, Le Méridien Nice is the perfect getaway. Upon arrival, guests are greeted by porters, who are available for assistance with luggage.

With so many different guest room options, you are sure to find the right fit. Choose from the classic, superior, deluxe, or executive terrace rooms, or enjoy your stay in a junior or presidential suite. Connecting rooms and handicapped accessible rooms are available. All guest rooms feature superb sleeping arrangements with unique Le Méridien Beds. For your viewing pleasure, every guest room features a LCD television with satellite channels. Rooms also include personal safe boxes and hair dryers. High speed internet access is available in guest rooms and maximum comfort is assured with air conditioning control. Guests have access to the hotel’s heated outdoor pool and the state-of-the-art fitness center.

Every morning from 7:00 am until 10:30 am guests can enjoy the breakfast buffet at the Le Colonial Café, located on the first floor of the hotel. Guests have plenty of magnificent dining options within the hotel and within walking distance of the hotel, including the Le Terrasse, a rooftop restaurant experience that will stimulate both sight and taste with unbelievable views of the Mediterranean Sea and cuisine that captures the local culture.
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