We traveled to Nice, France directly after playing in Salamanca, Spain for our last road game before Christmas break. We arrived a couple of days early, so we were able to go out into the town after practice and explore the city. Nice is a beautiful city and I would definitely consider visiting again and even potentially living here. It doesn't beat Paris, but it's pretty darn close!
The street car let us off in what looked like the city center. There was a large ferris wheel, a huge Santa in a bubble and an ‘I Love Nice’ statue. My teammate suggested that we head down to the seafront first so that we could enjoy the view before the sun set. That turned out to be such a great idea because later on as we were walking back towards the city centre, the sun was slowly setting on the water and it was absolutely stunning. God is a true artist!
As we walked the Promenade des Anglais seafront, we passed a couple of casino hotels, restaurants and the sight of the Bastille Day Memorial in honour of the lives lost due to the attack that took place earlier that summer exactly where we were walking. During the terrorist attack over 80 people were killed and many were injured, including kids. Seeing the memorial literally broke my heart. I will never be able to understand how someone could be so cruel and evil towards another human being. The remembrance was flooded with stuffed animals, clothes, flowers, shoes and toys. Just very saddening.
We also passed the iconic heart of the French Riviera and the Monument de Centenaries before we decided to enter the Christmas market!
This Christmas market was much smaller compared to the one in Paris on Champs Elysee, but it was still entertaining with a lot of variety, sights and food! Many of my teammates and I bought small gifts here for our Secret Santas. As we were strolling through we came across a waffle station and we all got ourselves waffles. All of my teammates topped their with Nutella (not a fan) and I topped mine with dark chocolate. The French sure do know how to make a waffle! Delicious.
Later that evening my teammates bought churros. I had never tried them before, so my teammates explained that they tasted like crepes. I don't mind crepes but they're not my favourite so I decided against buying them just incase I didn't like it. My teammate did, however, offer me one of hers to try and it wasn't bad, but it had NOTHING on the waffle from earlier.
As we headed back into the city centre you could see that the ferris wheel and huge Santa Clause from earlier that evening were nicely lit up against the evening sky. I also took your typical tourist picture with the ‘I Love Nice’ structure and my teammate and I tried our hand at pretend skiing.
There were also these fountains called the "Mirror of Water" that put on a beautiful light and water show with the ferris wheel as it's back drop. It was beautiful and pleasant to watch. On the opposite side there were brightly lit structures of a few trees, a giant bear and an igloo creating the perfect Christmas holiday atmosphere.
Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed my time exploring a small part of Nice. The festivities during the Christmas holidays were lovely and the cool weather wasn't bad either. I definitely hope to return again in the near future when the weather is warmer and I have more time to fully explore this beautiful city along the Mediterranean Sea!
Have you been to Nice? If so do you have any recommendations of places I should visit in the future? Leave your comments below, I would love to read them.
Thanks for stopping by and God bless!