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A Day in Nice, France

A Day in Nice, France
Kit in Nice 2
Pastel painted buildings, the sparkling Mediterranean Sea, an abundance of pastry shops – Nice is almost too pretty to be real. I couldn’t stop taking photos the entire time I was there, I wanted to capture the city’s magic. Nice is just a quick 18 minute train ride from Monaco, and it’s also the location of the nearest airport (of course Monaco only has a heleport). While claims that you can see Nice from Monaco proved to be as accurate as Sarah Palin’s claim that she can see Russia from her house – the two cities are close enough that it would be a shame to visit one and not the other.
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We had stayed at Le Meridien in Monaco the night before, and they had mentioned that the Le Meridien in Nice has a rooftop terrace with amazing city and sea views and suggested that it might be a nice place for a sunset cocktail.
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The bar/restaurant named Le Terrasse offered views overlooking the park, the city, and the entire coast of Nice.
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Le Terrasse must be a well kept secret since it wasn’t busy, but I highly recommend it.
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After drinks we set off for dinner. We had a big 5 course meal the night before, so we wanted something a bit more casual. A touch of research led me to Le Rossitterie, a tiny restaurant, on a tiny street, that specializes in roast meats, and I was thrilled when the concierege at Le Negresco was able to secure a reservation for us.
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Le Rossitterie was a delight. We were welcomed by an incredibly friendly waiter who spoke perfect English, and were seated right by the open kitchen were I was happy to watch the chef in action. I know that the stereotype is that the French can be a bit unwelcoming, but the staff at this restaurant was just so happy. Even the chef was all smiles and he cheerfully came to check on us during our meal.
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We began with a ratatouille with lentils and a poached egg. After a week in Bavaria – where no one seems to eat vegetables, we were excited to have a vegetable focused dish.
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The dinner menu is simple, you choose a roast meat and you choose a side, and whatever you pick it is 14.50. The options were Chicken, Lamb, Beef, and Pork and the sides were mashed potatoes, roasted potatoes, ratatouille, and salad. I went for beef and mashed potatoes while Charles ordered lamb since a bit of grafiti on the wall (this is encouraged) beside him indicated that it is the best. Charles was quick to point out that I was having meat and potatoes for dinner after complaining about all the meat and potatoes in Bavaria, but this was different because it was French and delicious.
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I overheard the table behind my raving about their creme brulee, so naturally, I needed to try it myself. They were offering three different flavors, and I picked caramel. It was so good that I might never order creme brûlée again since anything else would be a disappointment.
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After dinner we went back to our hotel, the magical Le Negresco, for drinks at their bar. Le Negresco’s bar has cozy tables, wooden panels, and a piano player performing French songs at night. It seemed so perfectly French.
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We started the next morning off with croissants at a spot along the water. The cafe seemed pretty touristy, but these croissants were amazing. They were completely unlike anything I have ever found in America, crisp on the outside, and super buttery and flaky inside. My mouth is watering as I write this.
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We spent much of our time that day wandering around taking in the sites and exploring the little side streets. We started with a visit to the carousel in the park by the hotel.
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Then we walked to Old Nice. It was such a nice day, and we wanted to take the advantage of the opportunity to be outside since we knew it would be cold when we got back to Germany.
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We discovered a bakery so cute that we had to go in.
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Charles got a slice of quiche, while these tiny two bite pastries caught my eye.
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This photo sums up my time in Nice quite nicely, since I spent a majority of my time eating and admiring the architecture.
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The French really understand paint colors, shutters, and balconies like no one else. Why aren’t the buildings in Chicago this pretty? America has a serious shortage of pink buildings.
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It shouldn’t surprise you that we took a pit stop for some rosé. The rosé from Provence is exceptionally great, if you are a rosé drinker you should make a point to try it.
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After a couple more hours of exploring, it was time for more wine, and some cheese. We ate a cheese plate everyday when we were in Italy and France… and we definitely preferred the Italian cheese plates since they follow the rules of assembling a cheese plate and feature a variety of cheeses, while the French cheese plates included only soft (often stinky) French cheeses.
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Before we knew it, we had to go back to the hotel to collect our things and head to the airport to fly back to Germany. I loved Nice, and especially our hotel – which was so unique that I will be sharing a post all about it soon!
I took hundreds of photos when I was in Nice, and I decided that in the dead of winter when Chicago is miserably cold, I will treat everyone to a virtual vacation to Nice. Sound good?

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