It is a Sunday afternoon in early October and my plane has been delayed by over 3 hours. After checking my bag in, I am told I can head outside the airport if I like. So I go exploring.
There are a few options for getting into Nice. You can hire bikes along the promenade which are simple to establish but you will need a phone and a credit card to set it up.
You can of course catch a bus or taxi but I choose to walk.
The walk along the promenade on a Sunday afternoon is delightful and very French.
Littered along the boardwalk are many beach restaurants. I chose one that is a beach club as well and wish I had packed my swimmers. The Cote D’azure is truly azure and inviting. However today I have to settle on having some wine and admiring the sea.
After a few vinos and people watching, I walk further into town, paying respects to the people who lost their lives during the terrorism truck incident on Bastille Day in July. It is hard to believe that only a few month before this magnificent promenade was the scene of a terrible massacre.
I find a restaurant along the promenade to eat dinner. I much prefer to eat outside of the airport if it is an option. My favourite mediterranean dish is Moulles Marineres and this restaurant makes them well.
A meal fit for a king (in this case queen) is delicately savoured and washed down with delicious Sancere (French wine) and the most delicious chips I have had in ages.
A fantastic meal and I look forward to returning to Restaurant Barracuda again one day!
So there is much to do on the Promenade in Nice, from watching the sea lap gentle at the stoney beach, to drinking chillaxing wines, to eating incredible seafood and people watching.