The Serenity of Nice (Paris)

Holiday and nice are two words that seem to make a perfect match as its beautiful (yet slightly scattered with pebbles) beaches, spectacular landscapes and a number of popular sightseeing places make it the third most popular French city after Paris and Lyon. Whether one is looking for a swim in the wonderful beach water, engrossing themselves with the stunning French architecture of Colline de Chateau, Villa ile de France or explore the hike of La Turbie or Mount Boron, there is something in there for everybody. The visitor can also visit the small town Eze which includes a beautiful cactus garden and a perfume factory. France is popular for its art and a Nice holiday guarantees it as it boasts of a number of popular museums such as the Museum of Asian Art, Parc Phoenix, Musee Chagall, Musee Matisse and Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art.

Located on the southeast French coast, Nice is the second largest city on the French Mediterranean coast. Also named as Nice La Bella or Nice the Beautiful, the city is spread out on an area of more than 270 square miles which holds a population of close to one million people. Nice is considered to be one of the oldest cities on the planet as the Marseille Greeks had called this city Nikaia around 350 BC. Moreover, the Terra Amata shows evidence of a very early use of fire and it is a popular archeological site. This city experiences more than four million tourists every year and houses some of the most prominent museums in France. For example the museum of Asian art, Musee Site Archelogiques de Climiez, Musee Matisse, Musee Chagall and Musee des Beaux Arts. Although this doesn’t mean that this city just attracts the art lovers as it is a popular vacation spot for both the young and the old. The relaxing tourists can make ample use of the beaches and the adventurer can visit the Colline du Chateau or the Mount Boron whilst everybody visits the Promenade des Anglais. This waterfront makes this city a diverse port with a serenade view shown on the Promenade. There is also the cliff walk which is just a fifteen minute walk from the old port towards Monaco and one can find most of the local people using it. Being on the Mediterranean coast this city experiences a Mediterranean climate. The holiday or the summer season generally lasts from six to eight months starting from April and sometimes going up to November. The winters are mild with temperatures ranging from 6 degrees C to 14 C with the summer temperatures going above 20 C and the highest recorded temperature being 37 C. Most travelers choose the summer or the season time to visit the city as there is more sun and sand but a lot of backpackers prefer the off season for obvious reasons.

The city of Nice has a very different culture because of its distinct history. For example Nicard, the local language, is Occitan whereas several Italian scholars and prominent personalities argue that the dialect is Ligurian. A major minority group still speaks the language but most of the population sticks to popular French. There are also influences of Corsican and Italian making the local language quite understandable as compared to other dialects in surrounding provinces. As for the people Nice has welcomed a lot of immigrants from the Portugal, Spanish and Italian provinces. Moreover, the Italian immigrants make up a large percentage of the population. But the recent decades have seen open immigration for people from all around the world including Southeast Asia, western Africa and northern Africa. The old traditions are still quite popular in the form of dances and folk music. In fact, an old dance farandole is still quite popular in the region.

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