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A look at Cote d'Azur

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Fun and Frolicking in the French Riviera

The French Riviera is renowned the world over for its glamorous nightlife, glorious beaches and gigantic gin-palaces; the chic resorts of Cannes and St Tropez have long attracted Europe's most affluent, from Russian Tsars to the Hollywood stars. Along with neighbouring Monaco, the Côte d'Azur retains its reputation as the playground of the rich and remains one of the most desirable Mediterranean destinations.
The beauty of the hills and the lively towns has inspired several great artists and the area has wonderful museums displaying their works. The quaint Provence hill villages abutting the coast, that once attracted Picasso and Matisse, now draw French and international tourists by the planeload.
The jewel of the Côte d’Azur, Nice is the capital of the French Riviera. Basking in the warm southern sunshine, lapped by the azure blue seas, Nice provides the perfect setting for a relaxing and stylish break. 
At first glance sun and fashion appear to be the main activities of the city. You can indulge in a bit of people watching on the Promenade des Anglais which lines the shingle beach for about 5 miles. Traditionally this is the place where the elegant and famous promenade in the evening before enjoying an excellent meal in one of Nice’s many restaurants. 
But as France’s fifth largest city, Nice can offer a captivating mixture of culture, modernity and history. It can boast outstanding Chagall and Matisse collections. The city’s medieval heritage is retained in the atmospheric Vieille Ville (old town), with its closely packed red-tiled roofs and narrow winding streets packed with shops, bars and fabulous restaurantsMore info


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