Welcome to my place ... Nice
Don’t leave without tasting a pan bagnat (salade Niçoise in a bun)
Katherine Garnier has lived in Nice for more than 15 years. She runs a property solutions company (katherine-garnier.com) dealing with the various problems associated with ownership in France for people who don’t speak French, or just want peace of mind. She does a bit of everything, dealing with insurance companies, leaks, keyholding, going to annual general meetings, receiving furniture deliveries, setting up household accounts, finding or selling properties and even feeding pets.
Where is the first place you bring visitors?
I take them for a gin and tonic, or a chilled glass of rosé at Le Galet Beach Plage, 3 Promenade des Anglais. While enjoying a drink, you can listen to the waves crashing against the shore in the beautiful sunshine.
Things to do in Nice that cost nothing
Take the lift or walk up the steep steps to the chateau overlooking the bay of Nice.
Jump out of your skin when the cannon goes off at midday.
Wander around the flower market (Cours Saleya) and admire the tempting fruit, vegetables and flowers on offer.
Sit on the beach at sunset and enjoy the colours bouncing off the sea.
Visit the St Nicholas Russian Orthodox Cathedral. It is recognised as a national monument of France, and belongs to the jurisdiction of the Moscow Patriarchate. It is the largest Eastern Orthodox cathedral in western Europe.
Where can you get an authentic flavour of Nice?
La Table Alziari is a great restaurant for genuine Niçois food. Situated on the steps behind the Fish Market on 4 Rue François Zanin. Ask for a table outside on the steps.
Where is the best place to get a feeling of Nice’s place in history?
Head to the Villa Musée Masséna on the famous Promenade des Anglais for the history of Nice’s heyday. It is listed in France’s Historic Monuments inventory, and is an architectural jewel in a tree-lined setting that presents the history of Nice in the 19th century. Wander through its collections to see the art and history of the Riviera, from the time of the attachment of Nice to France until the end of the Belle Époque. But remember that it is closed on Tuesday.
Things to bring back in your suitcase include ...
The Fragonard shop on the Cours Saleya has wonderful beauty products. You can get perfumes from Grasse, and magnificent scarves. But don’t leave without tasting a pan bagnat (salade Niçois in a bun), and socca (chickpea pancake served with pepper). The end stall on the Cours Saleya has really tasty versions.
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