Nice, France is an amazing place. We fell in love with it while visiting these last few days. This trip was to check out the area, look at an apartment, and explore food and dining options. But most of all we had looked forward to the change in scenery—to enjoy Nice and the Mediterranean Sea.
We have decided to leave Paris and move to Nice hopefully starting July. Although we like Paris, it is not the place for us. When we last visited in 2009 we were different people. Now back, we appreciate the city for its history and fabulous architecture and sites, but the quality of life here is not for us. Because health has become tremendously important for us and is a big part of our life, we have yearned for cleaner living and a calmer pace of life. We are drawn to a beach life. We love the sun, ocean, mountain and clean air. We love being outside, hiking and biking. That said, this only confirms our desire to live in a beach town in California when we get back to the states. And while in France, Nice is going to be our new home.
We did not want to leave Nice as we were in heaven. We love it for so many reasons, and the place is a perfect fit for us. I had done my research on things that would be available to us while living here, and during our trip we checked all of these things out. There are several organic stores; there is one 100% vegan, organic restaurant, but plenty of vegan friendly restaurants; there are many fresh-pressed juice and salad shops. And lastly, restaurants are more happy and willing to customize dishes to be vegan.
We would be living one block from the beach and since Nice is accessible on foot, we would walk everywhere. The Promenade des Anglais makes for a nice place to go walking and biking. And Vieux Nice (Old Nice) has an outside market, a plethora of shops, cafes and restaurants. Shopping, dining and entertainment are easily within reach around town square, Place Massena. There are even several movie theaters around that play some movies in English with French subtitles. We checked one out on Sunday night and watched Oblivion.
And for the love of beaches, Nice is a short train ride to Cannes, Antibes, St. Tropez and Monaco, and a short ferry ride to the island of Corsica. We look forward to beach hopping around the Mediterranean and three hundred and twenty days of sunshine! Of course while we were visiting it happened to be the few days when it rained or had bipolar weather. Despite it, we had a blast and look forward to going back.