In the second instalment of the series, Steven Gyford again looks at the getaways that can be done in a weekend alone (and will probably leave you yearning for more!). Banish the Monday blues with this edition of the Weekend Wanderer.
This time round, we head to the marvellous city of Nice to see how to have a fulfilling mini getaway.
Nice is a city which offers you a surprising amount of choice with regards of what you can actually see, so a three-day weekend would be advisable. As ever, a good way to kick off your flying visit is with a tour of the city, which would enable you to see most of the old town too, taking you around half a day. See the incredible Castel Park and take advantage of the glorious views of the bay and old town whilst you're there. Get a taste of royalty passing through Ciminez, the winter home of Queen Victoria before walking along the olive trees at the picturesque Roman arena of Cemenelum.
Now you've got your bearings it's about time for lunch and the "Angel's City" will ensure you're well fed throughout your stay. A cluster of fine restaurants can be found along the coastline in the city's South, serving up a thoughtful range of cuisines at varying costs. Reservations are advised for most, especially the elegant La Terrasse which would be a grand place to treat yourself (though this comes at a cost!). With unbeatable tableside views of Nice's landscape though, it would be worth your time for an appetiser alone. For a more modest eatery, Voyageur Nissart (right by the station) serves up a less-costly taste of Nice, run by a young and enthusiastic team. It could quickly become your favourite.
It's also worth remembering to try the vins de Bellet - the house wines of many of Nice's restaurants which are produced locally (in the hills by the city to be precise). If these get your taste buds going, then a trip into nearby Bellet for a wine tour is a highly recommended way to expand your pallet.
For a taste of the city's culture, start your day with a visit to the ultra-modern National Museum and it's captivating Marc Chagall exhibition featuring many of his biblical works (Tres interessant!). Alternatively, the Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art sits right next to Place Garibaldi, a delightful city square rich in history and enveloped by a wide array of choices for places to shop, eat and more! Place Garibaldi is a short distance from the coastline, so works as a very convenient go-between when heading for a fancy evening meal, or a visit to Blue Beach, a rocky beach acting as an excellent lounging spot.
A little out of the way, the Allianz Riviera (in the South-west) is a spectacle of a football stadium that even non-sports fans would appreciate. Also available, are day (and night) trips to the legendary playground of the rich and famous: Monte Carlo, which would add a little glitz and glam to your weekend.
Less demanding on the legs than Berlin, Nice is the perfect spot for those who enjoy a little freedom and spontaneity in their holidays. Gastronomically great, Nice will serve up a fantastic culinary weekend for those who seek it and you'll have ample opportunity to rest your weary bellies afterwards!