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Nice, France

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Nice Overview

When describing Nice, perhaps the first adjective that comes to mind is “beautiful”. However, after visiting the city you’ll agree that it is also a fun, interesting, and breathtaking destination, with great art and architecture, amazing cuisine, as well and fantastic shopping. Nice is both chic and down to earth making it a great destination for travelers from any country.

Nice is located on the French Riviera, in Provence, a region known for great beaches that stretch for miles along the French coastline. Restaurants that offer wonderful seafood and fabulous French wines line the beautiful seaside. Nice’s mild temperatures during winter, and warm dry summers, make it a great place for visiting year round. However, a favorite season of tourists is spring, known for great Mediterranean breezes, ideal for sitting at a seaside café or strolling through its many promenades.

Nice’s origins date back 400,000 years, when the first settlers appeared in this area. It was founded in 350 BC by the Greeks who gave it the name Nikai, in honor of the Greek goddess of victory, Nike.

The city’s incredible architecture is due to a combination of style from the Belle Epoque as well as influences of the Baroque period. While traveling through Nice, you’ll see its oldest religious building, the Basilica of Notre Dame, and one of the oldest opera buildings, built in 1885. You’ll see other examples of architectural marvel such as the Massena Palace, built in the 19th century. Art lovers will enjoy visiting its museum which features important paintings from the Nice School, as well as ceramics and French folk art.

For those who would like to visit Nice for its culture and special place in the world of art, they’ll be interested to know that Nice boasts the second largest number of museums in France, after the city of Paris. Visitors can enjoy modern and contemporary art, impressionist or post-Impressionist art. Nice is home to the Chagall and Matisse Museums, the Museum of Fine Arts, as well as the Museum of Art and History, just to name a few.

There is so much to do in Nice you will have to visit more than one time, and with each visit to Nice, you’ll take pleasure in its vast selection of fabulous restaurants and bistros that offer traditional cuisine. Among the most popular staples of Nice cuisine is Salad Nicoise, bouillabaisse, pan-bagnat, stockfissa and socca. It suffices to say that these dishes include marvelous ingredients such as locally grown vegetables, olive oil from the hills of Nice, local seafood and meats from nearby villages. Confectioners have made an art of creating mouth-watering jams with ingredients such as rose petals and tangerines, or decadent hand-made chocolates and jellied fruit.

Everyone knows Paris as the place to shop, but just like Paris, Nice is truly a shopper’s paradise with everything from designer labels to unique shops offering gifts you would only find in Nice.

A great time to visit is during the city’s carnival; but no matter when you visit, you will always leave wanting for more.
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