The elegant seafront has something of the Ligurian and something of the Californian coasts about it: the Promenade des Anglais in Nice, which took its name from the large-scale presence of English people at the beginning of the last century, is a meeting place for the people of Nice who enjoy the sea breezes sitting in a typical chaise bleue or passing by on roller blades.
Nice has a lively party scene: from the Carnival with the Battle of the Flowers to the Printemps des Poètes, from the Festival of Sacred Music to the Nice Jazz Festival. There are also fountains and architecture of many types, such as the Tête au Carré, the spectacular library building, a stylized human head with square features. A visit to the Museum of Marc Chagall, that of Matisse or to the Russian Church of St Nicholas, which dates from the time when there were many Russian nobles here during the Belle Époque, is a must, as is a visit to the Galeries Lafayette.
When the sun sets, there is nothing better to do than eat a tasty pan-bagnat or a classic salade niçoise in the teeming Place Masséna while the sculptures of Jaume Plensa light up in color. And then, a trip into the hills to admire the interlocking roofs and alleys of the old town, or go to a cabaret: Nice by night, in evening dress, is superb.