I am just back from a holiday in the South of France after indulging in all the best french foods such pain au chocolat, brioche, creme brulee, eclairs, chocolate mousse, baguettes, brie and camembert cheeses, rabbit terrine, veal roasted with figs, truffle butter risottos, salmon tartare… Need I go on?! I spent the week travelling along the Cote d’Azur visiting Villefranche, Cap Ferrat, Eze, Monaco and Nice. The weather was balmy, the sea was crystal clear, the food delicious and the people were gorgeous! One of the highlight’s of the week for me was visitng the famous Cours Saleya food market in Nice. The market gathers every morning in the old town of Nice until after lunch selling all kinds of wonderful foods. Big juicy fruits of all varieties and seasonal vegetables line many of the stalls, along side stalls bursting with big baskets of beautiful flowers, fish stalls sell the day’s catch fresh from the waters of the Cote d’Azur, cheese stalls sell amazing stinky cheeses, bread stalls sell all manor of baked delights, herb and spice stalls sell spice mixes specific to classic and contemporary dishes, cured meat stalls get you salivating… This would be a tourist’s heaven if you were staying in an apartment in Nice as I can just imagine gathering all kinds of goodies from the market for a feast! As we were leaving the next day we decided to pick up a few bits and pieces we could bring home with us like a delicious fig chutney and violet sugar. One thing I regret not getting was a bag of the dried out peppers they were selling as I’m sure they’d all flavour to all sorts of meals. The is also a lovely cafe on the corner of the Cours Saleya called Le Coin Quotidien which does a great breakfast before you set off into the stalls. If you are going to Nice, even just for one day make sure to stop by this amazing food and flower market and soak up the atmosphere and be sure to take a few jarred treats home with you!
Nice is a great city to visit with a lot to offer, the city is on the coast with a long beach thronging with people on a hot summer’s days, and alive with activity in the water… Jet skiing, paragliding, you name it! The nicest part of Nice is “Vieux Nice”, or “Old Nice” which is a stunning labyrinth of narrow cobbled streets lined with the coolest shops, restaurants and bars in Nice. Wandering these streets is a great way to spend an afternoon. The place has a really vibrant restaurant scene too. I’ve captured a wide range of shots from my trip so I’ve put up all the ones of La Cours Saleya market first, followed by some shots of Vieux Nice. I hope you enjoy the pictures and it inspires you to take a trip there sometime!