Summer In The Côte D’Azur
The following is an article “Summer In The Côte D’Azur” by Marc Pulisci.
Known as the French Riviera to the rest of the world, it was writer Stéphen Liégeard who famously christened this tourist hot spot in the south of France “la Côte d'Azur” way back in the 19th century.
The niceties of Nice
From the language of love to arguably the finest cuisine in the world, the French seem to have it all—even what is widely considered to be the most beautiful coast in all of Europe—Nice.
The capital of the French Riviera, Nice is the gateway to the Côte d'Azur (which literally translates to “coast of azure”), a gem of a city nestled between the turquoise waters of the sunny Mediterranean and a mountain range that stretches all the way to the Italian border.
Lifestyle of the rich and famous
All within scenic driving distance from Nice are various locales that have become synonymous with wealth and celebrities. Just a short hop away from the airport is Cannes, world-famous for its prestigious annual film festival graced by Hollywood A-listers, as well as star-struck movie buffs who flock there every May to catch a glimpse of their screen idols.
Slightly further away, but still within a two-hour drive, is Saint-Tropez—a gorgeous coastal town that was once a military base but is now a playground for France’s elite and international jet set pack, many of whom dock their yachts there most of the year, only to enjoy them during the summer months. Affectionately called “St-Trop” by the locals, it is also known for its sandy beaches and sun-worshipping tourists—with some even basking in the nude.
More than just sun, sea, and sand, the Côte d'Azur also offers a wealth of cultural attractions. Just a Vespa-ride away from Cannes is the historical town of Grasse, famous for being the perfume capital of the world, as well as home to a beautiful 11th century Notre Dame cathedral and the architecture of that era.
And if it’s a mix of royalty and race that you’re after, then the city state of Monaco situated on the eastern side of the French Riviera offers both; with a monarchy of its own currently headed by Prince Albert Grimaldi II, and the Formula One Monaco Grand Prix, also held every May—possibly the most famous and prestigious race in the world.
Summer might seem like a long time from now, but it’s never too early to make plans and experience the magic of the Côte d'Azur.
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