4 April 2013

Nice to see you, to see you Nice

It's booked! My mum and I are going to be spending a week in Nice, in an apartment that overlooks the port, Le Bassin Lympia. In fact, its one of those warm ochre buildings nestled at the foot of the hill, right in the lower middle of the photograph above!

We wanted to go somewhere late summer but still warm, picturesque and not too heavy on the travelling (or the pocket!) We've both been dreaming of heady Mediterranean evenings coupled with great food and fine wine, and so with my degree to hand, centred our sights on France.

We quickly started drafting our list of requirements: rural gite or urban hotel? countryside or citywide?  bus, train or a plane ride away? sea more or see more? We started to whittle it down and found that Nice had everything we wanted - coastal with a gorgeous beach, great architecture and history and mere bus rides from Grasse, St Tropez, Cannes and Monaco (we're aiming big). Hotels are a bit of a premium and so we turned to airbnb and began combing potential places to be our home away from home.

Airbnb's a simple premise and something akin to a social network where people rent out their rooms, apartments or even treehouses all over the world. You can browse through all sorts of places, locations, durations and liaise with the hosts directly; everything's kept safe and secure by airbnb taking care of the money side so you can relax in the knowledge that you're not about to get swindled and left high and dry.

We booked our apartment this week; a gorgeously bright flat at the foot of the castle, we have a terrace that overlooks the old port and is a stone's throw away from everything that Nice has to offer. From the markets to the beach, the castle to the opera house, there's a lot to get excited about. With all this inclement weather we've been having, the thought of a glass of wine on the sunkissed balcony is, well, Nice...

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