Sure, Paris is amazing. Obviously. But one area of France that you definitely don’t want to miss (especially in the summer time) is the Côte d’Azur / French Riviera. Its location on the Southeastern coast of France, and its closeness to the Italian border, is reflected through its gorgeous Mediterranean-sea waters, amazing sunny climate, and Italian-influenced architecture.
The main cities of the French Riviera are Cannes, Nice, and the sovereign state of Monaco. Although I did visit all 3, today I want to highlight my day in the amazing city of Nice (pronounced “niece”).
Being that I’m a sucker for old churches, I was absolutely awestruck by the Cathedrale Notre Dame de Paris. My favorite thing I did in Paris was see an aerial view of the city from the Notre Dame Towers (read about it here), but when we went back to see the interior of the famous Cathedral, I was definitely not disappointed!
When I told people I was visiting Paris, or when I looked up general tourist attractions in Paris, one of the things I was told I “had to do” or “couldn’t miss” was to climb to the top of the Eiffel Tower to see a great view of Paris. Well, upon further research, I found that many people say that the views from the Notre-Dame Towers were actually a lot better than the one from the Eiffel Tower, because you got to see the gargoyles and spires of the church up close. Not only that, but the lines were shorter and the climb up to the top wasn’t such a bitch (excuse my French).