Setting Sail From Nice Aboard SeaDream
The French Riviera has been one of the world’s most famous travel destinations for more than 100 years. Its popularity shows no signs of abating anytime soon. Unusual in that it appeals to and caters for both budget and luxury travellers, Nice is the largest city along the exceptionally beautiful southeastern coast of France.
As a real city with real inhabitants, as opposed to a place that exists solely for tourism, Nice offers the amenities expected in an urban location. The airport―itself already impressive as planes land on runways constructed on reclaimed land surrounded by the azure sea―is a short and easy bus or taxi ride away from the city centre. Except for finding a hotel room during the weekend of the Grand Prix Of Monaco. it seems everything is rather easy in Nice, including the easygoing lifestyle that makes sunny Provence such a special part of France.
Nice is home to several interesting attractions that add a significant cultural aspect to a place widely more regarded for its natural attributes. The Museum Of Fine Arts and the Musée Masséna are both housed in grand villas of the Belle Époque; the former homes are as impressive as the artworks displayed within them. The famous St Nicholas Eastern Orthodox Cathedral draws many visitors curious to see the largest cathedral of its type in Western Europe. Displays in the Museum of Contemporary Art contrast with the traditional works found in the other venues.
At the same time, Nice retains the air of a village true to its Provençal roots, especially in the Old Town where street signs are written in both French and Provençal. Vieux Nice is undoubtedly the most charming part of the city. Meandering along its narrow lanes, the visitor finds shops for tourists, yes, but there are also shops for the locals who live in what is essentially still a residential neighbourhood. Butchers, bakers, and candlestick makers keep the ravioli shops and small hardware stores company. Also in the Old Town is the Palais Lascaris, a former aristocratic home that is now a museum of musical instruments.
Seductive and beautiful though the Queen Of The Riviera may be, the recompense for leaving Nice behind is looking ahead to the luxury of a voyage on board SeaDream I, one of SeaDream Yacht Club‘s two identical yachts that take passengers to exciting destinations all over the world. SeaDream‘s Mediterranean cruises often feature Nice as a port embarkation or disembarkation on its itineraries. With a maximum of 112 passengers, the intimate ambience of SeaDream’s yachts is worlds away from the floating cities obliging passengers to travel with 2000 strangers. The small size of the vessels also allow lucky travellers to visit smaller, more exclusive destinations where megaships cannot go. So popular is SeaDream’s yachts‘ size that the vessels are often chartered for private use by corporations and wealthy families wanting to have a truly extraordinary yachting experience in total privacy.