UK and France Trip part 7: Nice and French Riviera

We flew from London to Nice using Easyjet as we wanted to save on time. Besides it’s not much different in term of cost between flying low cost airlines Vs TGV train. Our flight from Gatwick airport was 9.15am so we took Southern train from Victoria station to Gatwick. There is direct train to Gawick airport named Gatwick express leaving from Victoria which is more expensive, but it was only 15 minutes faster than the ordinary Southern train. The cons of using normal train Vs Gatwick express is normal train doesn’t have a dedicated area to store our luggage, So we just had to keep an eye on our luggage whenever the train make its stopping.

We landed in Nice on time at 12.15 pm and went straight to Terminal 1 to catch a bus to the town. We bought daily pass for EUR 5 and board bus no.23, stopped at Tram station Liberation (around 40 minutes ride). The stop was a short walk to our hotel Comte de Nice. The hotel was also close to the tram stop.

Weather was much nicer than gloomy London.
itinerary today was walk around Nice, walked up to castle hill, down to the old Nice and had seafood dinner in the old town.

Nice promenade d’anglais

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Nice beach from castle Hill

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The other side….
Us checking out our yachts

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Nice old town

Seafood restaurant

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Famous handmade soap from France

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Plaza massena and around

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We spent our last day in Nice going to the Cimiez covent (Monastery), see the roman ruins, archaelogy museum next door and Matisse museum.
We took bus no.17 from Garibaldi (every 1 hour). Here we found the most sesuatu banget, the bus driver is good looking hahahahha

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Back in Nice, we strolled at the beach and do some shopping. Sari thought we may as well do our shopping here rather than in Paris so we can concentrate on the sightseeing only in Paris. Little that we know that we would suffer the next day hauling our luggage thru the stairs at the train station

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Only in Nice I saw customers walking with their dogs inside Chanel store!!!!

My Hotel review in TA: http://www.tripadvisor.com/ShowUserReviews-g187234-d197230-r201474729-Hotel_Comte_de_Nice-Nice_French_Riviera_Cote_d_Azur_Provence.html#REVIEWS

When we arrived, we were offered to choose between 2 rooms. Apparently the size of each room can be different. We picked the room on first floor as it is bigger. The room is spotless clean and the bathroom is of decent size and it is cleaned daily. I’m suprise we actually has a bath instead just a shower.

The receptionists are friendly and helpful. They gave us a brief info on Nice and speak fluent english.
Location is also good, very close to tram stop (Liberation), only 1 tram stop to the train station (Gare Thier). You can take local bus no.23 from airport Terminal 1. The hotel is walking distance from bus stop Liberation.
If you spend more than 3 days it is worth buying 7 days daily pass at €15 or the 10 tickets for €10. Each ticket cost €1.5 dan daily pass €5. But for Bus going outside Nice such as Cannes, Monaco and St Paul you need to pay separately €1.5 to the driver.

The hotel also has a decent size of elevator, convenient for people with heavy suitcases.

The only drawback is the bath could use a shower curtain. I was afraid I would be splashing water when taking a shower.

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