I have been dreaming about visiting French Riviera since I got a glimpse of it in the previously famous and quite widely used picture platform Flickr (of course, that was before Instagram times). I probably was in my first school years and my imagination had been obsessed with its polished and dreamy beaches, bubblegum-colored houses and palm trees, an opulent assortment of the paradise-worthy elements. However, it is only now that I (together with my boyfriend who had been to Nice already several times) finally set my foot in the heavily admired South of France, crackling with energy and enthusiasm, eager to capture places and emotions that would resonate with me even after many years. I must admit that the reality met my expectations even more than I could have ever wished for.
One of the biggest advantages of having holidays in French Riviera are relatively short distances between different cities (maximum thirty minutes by the local SNCF trains), so the five days that we spent there were packed with various activities. The first day was dedicated to exploring Nice, its beach and appreciating a wonderful panorama of the city from its highest hill. It’s usually the first place tourists head for, knowing the priceless views that one can enjoy there. On the second day, we devoted our time to Monaco and its jewels. One of our best decisions was not to limit ourselves to the casino or the bay area, but go to the Monaco’s Prince Palace, which was absolutely wonderful – it’s like another tiny city on the top of Monaco. I was also eager to visit Antibes (mostly for its colorful and romantic old-town) and Cannes, and despite our low energy, third day was also incredibly generous with beautiful sights and impressions.
However, If I had to choose one disadvantage of the beaches here it would be the amount of stones (believe me, it’s not very comfortable to walk barefoot on a beach full of stones), so we chose to spend the day by the sea in a tiny town called Beaulieu-sur-Mer, whose beach is a little bit more pleasant for walking, tanning and swimming. It’s worth noting that I was absolutely fascinated by the huge mountains packed with villas and houses – I can only imagine what view their inhabitants can appreciate every day!
I also believe that our timing was perfect – mid-May is very warm, but not too much (temperatures reached maximum 28 Celsium degrees, but for most of the time it was around 24) – it’s perfect for someone like me who doesn’t support the heat very well. I really hope to come back there rather soon as the French Riviera proved its status as an ultimate holiday destination and the days spent there were a pure bliss…