Arty Weekend in Nice, France, Côte d'Azur

Published on 03/22/2009

Nice is probably the best known location on the Riviera. Nice International airport is situated at the end of the city, in fact you can walk to the airport if you have the time and energy by following the Promenade des Anglais.

This close proximity to the airport gives Nice the attraction of being only a few hours away for travelers from Northern Europe. Hop on a plane in London and arrive two hours later virtually on the beach, perfect for a long weekend away.

The Negresco Hotel http://www.hotel-negresco-nice.com/ on the sea-front is one of the cities best known architectural landmarks, and there is a long pebbly beach that runs the length of the city front.

If you are looking for an interesting arty smaller hotel try the Hotel Windsor. http://www.hotelwindsornice.com/

Nice is a city, so take care while traveling around, it suffers from petty crime like all other cities, however it is a fascinating place to walk around and explore. The old town can feel like quite an adventure and there is a beautiful Provençal market set just back from the sea-front.

Nice has been painted by many artist during its history, and the city sports several galleries.

One of our favorites is the Chagall Museum which we consider a must see. They have varying exhibitions of the artist’s work so check before going.

In recent years the city has had major building works going on for the new tram - but this has now nearly finished and the tram is running, so if you have avoided visiting recently it might be worth going back now.

If you are in the area at carnival time http://www.nicecarnaval.com/ then expect to see one of the worlds most amazing carnival events - and at the same time of year you can get a coach up to the ski slopes of Isola 2000 or Valberg about 1.5 hrs behind Nice.

Paintings shown:

Artist: John Dyer
Painting: “It is very Nice in Nice”

Size: 24 x 36 inches

Medium: Acrylic on board
Courtesy of Gallery Monaco

Artist: Joanne Short
Painting:”Nice Daisies, Nice”

Size: 24 x 9 inches

Medium: Oil on board
Courtesy of Gallery Monaco