You’ll feel the weight of winter depart as you touch down in Nice—a nice and warm city just like its name.
I went to Nice for several days to celebrate New Year’s Eve. Although it is France’s fifth-largest city, Nice is small enough for you to feel at home within a few days. Most of the tourist attractions are along the Promenade des Anglais, where pastel-painted buildings overlook the Mediterranean. Many tourists spend most of their time in the narrow streets of Le Vieux Nice (the Old Town), plunging into its atmospheric restaurants and boutiques.
During New Year’s Eve, there were people marching on the streets wearing smiles and watching the fireworks with their closest friends and lovers along the coastline. While walking along with everyone around us, the spirit of festivity and joy, without any feeling of uncertainty but like every new year, there was an air that was full of hope in the people who live there and visitors alike.
The most touching part of this story is, when I was having dinner with my boyfriend in a tiny family restaurant, a couple in their mid 60s, holding their hands and smiling at each other. They told the owner of the restaurant that they have been to Nice to celebrate their new Year’s Eve ever ince they were married when they were 24. Simple words but moving. The love they have for each other endures on even up to this day and they celebrate the occasion in Nice.
I recommend anyone to go visit Nice and walk the Promenade and breathe in the Mediterranean sea in this coastal city of the southeast of France. If you’re interested, read on with the link below for travel information and what to see and do.
By Yujia Liu