Nice is a city in the south of France on the French Riviera. France is part of the EU and Schengen community. Nice offers the following points of interest for tourists and photographers;
- Access to the French Riviera, Saint-Tropez, Cannes and Monaco
- Promenade des Anglais
- St Nicholas Russian orthodox cathedral
- Parc Phoenix
- Notre Dame de Nice
- Nice cathedral
- Countless musuems
Place Massena – Nice
I stayed in Nice because the hotels are so much better value than those in Monte Carlo, also the Flixbus goes directly to Nice which makes it convenient. A walk you can talk in Nice would be on the Promenade, the Place Massena (pictured above) and Avenue Jean Medecin which has its own Notre Dame Basilica, similar to the famous one in Paris. I checked out the St Nicholas Russian Orthodox Cathedral at night, but it was not lit up, make sure you go during the day to photograph this.
If I had stayed longer in Nice I would have visited Cannes and Saint-Tropez. You’ll probably need 3-4 days to see most of what the French Riviera has to offer.
Train from Nice to Monte Carlo €3,90
I took the train to Monte Carlo, which was €7,80 return or €3,90 one way. This is cheap but if you take the local bus it is only €1,50 and you pass along the coast whereas on the train you don’t really see anything. Monte Carlo is on a hill, and the train station exits are on different levels, it’s probably easier to take the lowest exit of the train station, which will take you out near the harbor. Having said that however, I took the top exit and walked down as I wanted to explore what was on the higher levels.
Monte Carlo, Monaco
Monte Carlo is the capital city of Monaco, a micro state in Europe. Monaco is in a complicated way part of the EU (through France) and also part of the Schengen community. Monte Carlo offers the following points of interest for tourists and photographers;
- Monte Carlo casino (getting your photo taken in front is a must)
- Oceanographic museum
- Opera house
- Prince’s Palace of Monaco
- Formula one
In Monte Carlo you can visit the harbor, which is surrounded by bars and restaurants on the south west side. If you chose to stay overnight, hotels are on the expensive side. Some of the yachts in the harbor are like mini cruise ships, these guys are living on a different planet to the rest of us! On the mainland there are lots of casinos and upscale shops, also the famous tunnel from the Monaco Grand Prix, which you can walk through.
Train from Nice to Toulouse – €78 – 7 hours
I bought the train ticket from Gare de Nice-Ville to Gare Matabiau, Toulouse the day before departure and the price was €78 one way. If I had planned a little better and bought the ticket online 3 days earlier I could have got it for around €48. On this train there weren’t any phone chargers or WiFi service.
Bus from Toulouse to Andorra la Vela – €36 – 3 hours
The bus station in Toulouse is in front of the Gare Matabiau train station. The bus service from Toulouse to Andorra la vela was €36 and took about 3 hours. It is a micro bus, perfect for going around the mountains of France and Andorra.