South of France

France & Monaco, September 2018: The French Riviera (Nice)

The Nice post from our first visit covers a lot, so we will only note things in this post that we didn’t do last time. Our home this time around was this stylish Airbnb on Rue du Marché.

We came to Nice primarily for beach time, so we set up camp at beach club Opéra Plage for most of our only full day. Between dips in the sea and naps in the sun, we ate lunch (caprese salad) and made friends with a very sociable Corgi (we named him Benoît). Sadly, our last swim of the day was also our last swim of the summer.

France & Monaco, September 2018: The French Riviera (Nice)

France & Monaco, September 2018: The French Riviera (Monaco)

With summer coming to a close, we wanted to have one last long weekend of sun and sea. Having visited Nice in 2015, it seemed a fitting place to host us, as we could focus on relaxing over sightseeing. That said, one regret from our visit a few years ago was not taking a day trip to Monaco. So with our Nice Airbnb check-in not until the late afternoon on our first day, we transferred directly from the airport to Monaco (using the 110 Express bus) to spend a few hours in the city-state.

France & Monaco, September 2018: The French Riviera (Monaco)

France, September 2015: The South of France Video Moments

We've been recapping our week in the South of France back in September these last two weeks here on the journal. If you've missed those you can catch up here, here, and—wait for it...here! The trip was the perfect way to end the summer and spend some time with family exploring a new place. By basing ourselves in Nice, we were able to easily take day trips out to the many hill and coastal towns that make the area so unique. The stone work of the hill towns always amazes me when you think about the work that went into creating these beautiful old villages. On the somewhat opposite note, the colorful painted homes of the coastal towns against the deep blue sea was absolutely inspiring and eye-catching as an artist. Wandering around both are experiences I will never forget! And of course, the best way to end each day was coming back to Nice for a swim (we even went parasailing for the first time!). With Spring starting to bring the warmer weather, I get so excited to get back to traveling and having days like that!

France, September 2015: The South of France Video Moments