I always feel spring is the right weather. We do not have the 4 seasons in Malaysia because it’s a tropical country but sometimes it gets too hot and muggy. I have experienced the spring season in some of my travels and I love it because it has the right temperature – not too hot or too cold -sunny days, blooming flowers and lush green fields. Spring is nice, and I enjoyed my spring in…Nice 🙂
A Nice Touch of the Riviera
We took the TGV high speed rail train from Gare de Lyon in Paris and the journey to Nice was 5 hours and 40 minutes. France has a comprehensive, effective and comfortable high speed rail network and TGV trains are the fastest. It felt like a short trip: the train moved very fast, the seats were very comfortable and the views of the French countryside were absolutely amazing. The next thing we knew, we were already in Nice.
Nice is located on the south-east coast of France and is the second largest French city on the Mediterranean coast after Marseille. Our accommodation was only 5 minutes’ walk from the railway station and 10-15 minutes’ walk to Place Massena, the main square of the city.
I like Place Massena because it is like a pedestrian zone – no cars are allowed – with the exception of the tram line running right in the middle of the main square. Around the square are various restaurants, cafes, shops, bakeries, etc. I love the lamp poles in the square – they are illuminated at night and change colours.
Because of its Mediterranean climate, many English aristocrats flocked to Nice in the 18th century to spend their winter there, and so the city’s main seaside promenade became known as the Promenade des Anglais.
I have always liked walking on seaside promenades during the day but I seemed to have enjoyed walking on Promenade des Anglais at night. The lights at the promenade and the main square lit up so beautifully. Or maybe it was the after-effects of one too many glasses of wine after dinner 🙂