Christmas festivities start a lot later in Europe than they do in the UK. Up until now we have seen very few towns or cities decorated, which is so different to the UK !
The weather has also been very mild, so its hard to believe that its December! So we wanted to visit Nice to go to their Christmas market to try and get into the festive mood. (by the way we aren’t complaining about it being mild).
Nice is the gateway to the French Riviera because of its airport and sometimes gets overlooked with tourists flying in and then going off to other resorts. We had stayed in Nice for 4 days a few years ago so we are familiar with the City.
We headed down to the Promenade des Anglais to have a walk along the promenade and enjoy the coastal views.
The fountain display is fantastic, we stood and watched it in the day but also popped back when it got dark as they light the fountain in red, blue and white.
The Christmas market isn’t massive and consisted of 60 stalls. We found some really different artisan products for sale and were very tempted to buy a lamp made out of a dried fruit. (Hard to describe but it was beautiful). We decided not to get one in the end but will probably regret that decision in the next few months.
We ate some roasted chestnuts and drank some mulled wine and soaked up the atmosphere. In our view the French Riviera is a lovely part of the world and an area you just couldn’t get bored of visiting.
With it being the 1st December we also treated ourselves to an advent calendar. Who says they are just for kids?