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I grew up in the “Queen City of the Lakes,” Buffalo, New York, and ended up in the “Queen of the French Riviera,” Nice, France.

Nobody comes to Buffalo for the weather. But Nice lures people with its excellent climate for sports, art, and architecture, its culture, and its delicious cuisine.

Nice is nice!

The imposing Promenade des Anglais gives Nice its singular appeal. The sea is a different shade of color each day, sometimes a milky opal green, but most of the time a cobalt blue.

There are scientific explanations for the colors resulting from the angle of sunlight, the reflection of the sky, or due to the color of the seabed.

The wide palm-lined boulevard that runs adjacent to the boardwalk is a dramatic showcase for the city and can be seen from as far as Antibes, eleven miles away.

Nice is never out of season because it offers sun and access to the sea and mountains. Part of the appeal is the slower lifestyle and the mesmerizing azuréenne sea. The familiar sight of the celebrated blue chairs along the boardwalk is a permanent fixture. What a great indulgence to be here, whether in a chair or in motion.

Your first activity in Nice should be a walk through the Old Town (Vieille Ville or Vieux Nice). Yes, it has two different names in French. It resembles an ancient Italian hill town, with its narrow streets and small shops. Find René socca and have a snack and rosé wine!

Eat in Old Town

The locals come here every day to eat and shop. You will definitely enjoy the tastes of local food specialties and visit shops that sell spices, meats, cheeses, and pasta. Even freshly caught fish is for sale here at a small stand at Place Saint-Francois.

Before you walk through the door of any restaurant, look for a sign in the window or on the front door that designates the establishment is offering an authentic and savory cuisine called Nissarde.

Le Petit Lascaris is on rue Droite and is excellent for the price.

Most of these restaurants are family run, and the proprietors take a great deal of pride in their fare. There is lots of competition, so you are guaranteed to eat well.

Arrive early, or be sure to make reservations, as these gems fill up quickly with locals. Not all restaurants accept credit cards, so take cash.

Visit the flower market along the Cours Selaya.

Walking through the streets, one can admire the quality of plaster and stonework. Just look at the ochre colors: Sardinian reds, and shades of pink, which are legacies of the Dukes of Savoy. That’s why I adore Nice. It’s Italian by design. Specifically, Vieux Nice, as the locals refer to Old Town.

Walk on the Promenade des Anglais and have coffee at a four or five-star hotel: Le Negresco, West End, or Westminster. The Negresco is classified as a National Historical monument, and you can’t miss this imposing, pink, belle époque–style building.

At the entrance now is a large mosaic sculpture of the great jazz musician Miles Davis—a fabulous tribute to their love of American jazz.

MY TIP…the best Pissaladière in all of Nice; do you know where, can you find it?

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Evening on the Promenade…