Nice and Eze
Nice has like much of the Côte d’Azur being inhabited since antiquity. The Greek of Marseilles settled here. The name is believed to come from the Greek goddess of victory Nike meaning victory. People come here for the azure sea, beaches, and sun. It has been a popular holiday destination from the 18th century but in those time interestingly a winter rather than a summer one. People came for the mild winters.
One of the main streets is Promenade des Anglais or “Walkway of the English”. Popular with wealthy English in those times, it is still popular now.
The city has nice views, a plethora of museums, churches, and an extensive old town although the price of its popularity overpriced food. Apart from to view Monaco I also visited again to meet my kind friend Sophie, whose attempt to show me around the first time was limited by untypical rain. Rain was forecast for the days I was there although happily there was no repeat.
Sophie showed me the beautiful castle hill which also has a small but cute waterfall. We also ate a restaurant that managed to charge me ten more Euros than the bill. Although they gave me 10 Euros back when challenged.
In Nice lavender and Herbes de Provence are popular goods worth purchasing.
In Nice, there is Garibaldi square, considered a father of the modern Italian state. There is a definite Italian flavour in some of the squares and Italian food easy to find. Like Menton, Nice could be considered to have been once part of Italy.
Although never part of modern Italy – Giuseppe Garibaldi was born in Nice and strongly wanted Nice to join his united Italy, He accused the French of manipulating a referendum in which the residents ‘voted’ to remain part of France.
A statue of Garibaldi graces a square with his name.
In the hostel, I came across a couple of talented (at music) Chileans, equally talented Germans and three very kind Filipinas living in France.
The pretty city of Eze lies in-between Nice and Monaco and is reachable by a combination of the # 100 bus to the railway station and then the #83. There are also direct buses, sites say the #82 or # 112
The old village kind of reminds me of Szentendre. Not my favourite place in Hungary, but in Eze despite the small village basically being a tourist village (filled with hotels and tourist shops). The small streets still give a certain charm that make a visit here worthwhile. There are good views too.
The second time I went to Eze (and not to the village) was with Lerka. A Moldovan friend living in Nice. We hiked, and the additional views and discovery of making our way was rewarded with some refreshing and nice views. If you have time walking from Eze Railway station is worth the time. There is a perfume museum in the village. The museum (free) is not special but those who like perfumes are not likely to be disappointed with the shop.