Summer Time in the French Riviera

Published on May 16, 2016
Summer Time in the French Riviera Nice fr

When we think of France, it’s inevitable that fine cuisine, even finer wine, haute couture and refined culture pop to mind. And the place to enjoy all of the above, especially during the warm summer months, is along the Cote d’Azur or French Riviera. Two cities we absolutely love, which perfectly encapsulate the French culture and joie de vivre, are Cannes and Nice.

 

Home to the prestigious Cannes Film Festival, which is now over for this year, the glamorous seaside town is a magnet for not only the rich and famous, but for artists and the creative types. Apart from the Old Town or Le Suquet, the Notre-Dame de l’Espérance and the Palais des Festivals et de Congrès (where the Canne Film Festival takes place), a definite must-see during a visit is the Musée de la Castre. Perched on a hilltop overlooking the glittering bay, the museum is home to a vast collection of Mediterranean antiquities, pre-Columbian primitive art and 19th-century Provencal landscape paintings. And in terms of beach culture, both public and private beaches are available for whatever the mood or budget dictates.

 

26 train services link Paris and Cannes on a daily basis. The average travel time is a leisurely 7.47hrs, while the fastest route takes just over five hours.

 

Along the coast towards the east, about a half hour train journey from Cannes, is the pretty laid back sun-drenched city of Nice. With a thriving local creative scene, Nice is the fifth most populous city in France and the second largest French city on the Mediterranean coast. A highly popular destination for sun-seeking holiday go-ers, foodies and art enthusiasts, the cultural and artistic heritage of this city is undoubtedly the biggest appeal to both local and international visitors.

 

Nice is a cultural hub boasting countless museums, art galleries, churches and historical sites – things that would keep discerned travellers engaged for days on end. However, for those who are time poor, a few places not to be missed include the Old Town or Vieux Nice, where a wander through the meandering narrow streets will reveal artisan shops and little cafes; Musée Matisse, which provides a good introduction to Henri Matisse’s contribution to the world of art; the Russian Cathedral, lauded the most beautiful Orthodox church outside of Russia; and Palais Masséna, where one can take a sneak peek into the lavish and opulent lifestyles of the aristocrats who once dominated the city.

 

With about 79 trains linking Cannes and Nice daily, travellers can easily base themselves in either city and make short day trips or split their time between the two to properly take in all that the cities have to offer. For bookings, train times and more information on French city connections by train and the France Rail Pass visit www.raileurope.com.au.

 

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