I went on a spontaneous short trip to the French Riviera and it’s a lovely place I can definitely recommend. A quick 2 hour flight from London to get to Nice Airport. I then took a bus with a day ticket for 6 Euro to get right into the centre. I booked a self catered apartment right in the centre on the shopping street Avenue Jean Médicin. It was ideally located with a big Monoprix just around the corner to cover the food shopping for the next few days. I walked down the Avenue to explore the area a little and along the Avenue de Verdun towards the Modern Art Museum.
From this spot I went on a Hop-On, Hop-off Bus as it became kind of a thing to do whenever visiting a new city. The ticket for the bus was 20 Euro and went along all the main sights and gave a great overview of the city. The tour also provided some insight of all the big old buildings everywhere in the city. These used to be Grand Hotels and were refurbished and changed to flats to be saved from destruction. One building on top of the hill is the Regina where Queen Victoria used to reside so often that she brought her own furniture here.
The Bus also took the long way further along the coast to the East to a beautiful place called Villefranche-sur-mer. This town is definitely worth visiting. It’s just as hilly as all other places typical for the French Riviera. However the impressive Citadel Saint Elme for example now contains a couple of galleries, museums, garden, open-air cinema and of course provides a great view of the bay.
After 1.5 rounds with the bus I got off at the central train station to head back to my apartment. The next day I wanted to go to Monaco. I arranged to buy train tickets to go there in advance via an app called OUI.sncf -Train Travel. Very easy to handle and the ticket is accessible on the app directly.