Cote d'Azur

Matt Machin
September 2, 2015

If you’re looking for a place with warm weather, lots of sunshine, and an authentic experience of French culture, then Nice is the place for you to study. Settled on the southern coast of France, Nice sits on the warm shores on the Mediterranean Sea with a close proximity to Italy, the Alps, and other cities such as Cannes and Monaco. Much of Nice’s coast can be seen with just a short walk to the top of Castle Hill.

This was captured in the small village of Biot, which rests on top of a hill just a half hour south of Nice. Here one can feel the true sense of a simple life within a French village. The village has many small shops and restaurants to choose from as well as some well-preserved architecture.

Monaco is a must-see when visiting the south of France. Although it is considered its own independent country, Monaco still holds much of the same French culture as anywhere else in the Cote d’Azur. One can see most of city/country from the Prince’s Palace which houses the royal family of Monaco.


Mont Boron holds stunning views over Nice as well as much of its surrounding areas. With just a 45 minute hike up the hill, there are many gorgeous landscapes that can be seen. On one side, one can witness beautiful sunsets over the city when timed just right. On the other side, much of the coast north of Nice, including Villefranche and Cap-Ferrat, can be seen. 

Just like Biot, another hidden gem that rests overlooking the Mediterranean Sea is Eze Village. After a bus trip up the mountain, one can see for miles up and down the coast. One can almost feel being launched back into time with a walk through Eze’s ancient looking buildings and walkways. Nothing caps off a day in the village like a tour through its exotic garden resting on top of the town. ​

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Matt Machin

<p>I am a rising junior at Wake Forest University from Los Angeles, California. My interests are sports, hiking/backpacking, and photography. This next semester in France will be the first time for me going abroad.</p>

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