I got to Nice on Bastille Day, which is their Independence Day. It was really cool getting to watch fireworks from the beach since I wasn’t home for the Fourth of July. The first few days I stayed at a hostel called Hostel Smith which was right in the center of Old Town and close to the beach, so basically the perfect location in Nice. All of the restaurants and nightlife are in Old Town Nice. It reminded me a lot of Italy. The last few days I stayed at a cute airbnb right around the corner from the hostel.
I met some people from my hostel and we all went out for Bastille Day. Go to Wayne’s Bar, it’s a dive bar with dancing and you’ll meet lots of travelers from everywhere. Wednesday is ladies night at Wayne’s and the champagne is 2 euros per glass. We also went to salsa bar which was really fun too for dancing.
We went to the beach a lot during the days because it’s so hot in Nice in July. My Australian friends sent me the cutest beach towel from their new line of circle towels. You can get one at www.xueller.com.au
There are a lot of little cities near Nice that are really cheap and easy to get to by bus or train. Monaco and Monte Carlo are just 45 minutes east of Nice and you can get there by bus for 1.60 euro. It’s really pretty at night and they have a huge nightlife there with clubs and a casino. They only have buses running all through the night on weekdays. Sunday a lot of places are closed and the buses are more limited.
Another town close to Nice is Eze which is about a 20 minute bus ride. You can get the bus 82 that takes you all the way up to Eze Village. It’s a little village up on top of the mountain. There are really pretty views from the top. The main hotel is called Chateau de la Chèvre d’Or. There’s a restaurant at the hotel you can go to that has the best views over the ocean. They also have a garden that we were lucky enough to walk around in. I think it’s normally for the hotel guests.