Mature Flâneur

Unavoidably, Nice

Against our will, this charming city lured us to her

Tim Ward, Mature Flâneur
Globetrotters
Published in
6 min readMay 30, 2024

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Baie des Anges, Nice. All photos by Tim Ward

When Teresa and I reached the city of Nice on our tour of the Côte d’Azur, we drove straight through without stopping. From the expressway, the city seemed to go on forever. It’s simply huge. In fact, the Nice-Cannes metro area is approaching one million residents; it’s the fifth largest city in France.

And no wonder: Nice has sunny skies 300+ days a year), pleasant breezes, miles of Mediterranean blue waters licking at the Baie des Anges, and a thriving old town that manages to stay authentic despite the five million visitors that stampede through its well-worn streets annually.

Love Nice. Play Nice. Be Nice.

Oh, we know Nice has its charms. On previous trips to the south of France we have spent many lovely days in the city. Some dear friends of ours are even planning to retire here in a year, and we know we will be coming back to see them again and again. But we were determined to avoid big cities on this particular journey through southern France, and so we eschewed the exit ramps, and motored on toward the Italian border.

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Tim Ward, Mature Flâneur
Globetrotters

Author, communications expert and publisher of Changemakers Books, Tim is now a full time Mature Flaneur, wandering Europe with Teresa, his beloved wife.