Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Old Town Market in Nice, France

Visiting the French Riviera this past summer, I was officially in awe of the things I saw. Nice was full of incredible people, breathtaking sights, and plenty of places to relax. Only getting to spend a day and a half in this lovely city, my sister and I made sure to take in as much of it as we possibly could.

Nice, France

Since I don’t want to give away all of the things we did during our short stay, I must tell you one of my favorite things about Nice was the Old Town Market that we passed through. Deciding what the events of our day would entail, hitting the Old Town Market was a must.

The second it came into view, I was blown away by the smells, the colors, and the freshness of everything. Women and men were speaking as fast as they could, trying to sell and bargain for what lie on the selling tables.

Old Town Market

My eyes were drawn to practically everything, including the fresh cut flowers, the enormously red tomatoes, and the slabs of cheese that make you gain 10 pounds just looking at all of the different kinds. Vibrant colors of lavender stood out among the flowers and I struggled to restrain myself from buying my own personal bouquet.

The vegetables called out to me with their reds, greens, and yellows, all while the meats and cheeses enticed me with their savory/sweet tastes, making my mouth water repeatedly. My sister and I looked at each other, unable to register all of the items we were seeing. Fresh calzones sat under a window, filling the air with a scent that could draw you in from a mile away.

Somehow, we managed to hold our restraint and continue our way through the market; that is until we came to the tea leaves, soaps, and candies. Our mother loves tea, so imagine our faces when we spotted small bags of loose tea leaves just waiting to be picked. Smelling the aroma of each type, I was captivated by each and wishing I had enough money to buy them all. Settling on a flowery scent, we paid for our tea and decided that whether or not our mom drank this, it would forever be a reminder to her that it came from Nice.

I spotted a few small tins that held caramel candies in them, each tin decorated with an old-timey picture of a woman in a large hat. Opting to buy one for myself, I also got one for my best friend who loves these kinds of things.

With our purchases in hand, we finished our trip through the Old Town Market, only wishing we could turn back around and experience it all over again. It is a place where tourists and locals come together to appreciate and observe the beauties of Nice. I assure you, if you ever travel to Nice, the Old Town Market is something you MUST see. By the time you are finished, you’ll want to turn around and start all over again.
My sister and I at a little restaurant in Nice


Meri said...

I'm a market fiend, and I can only imagine that in a place like Nice where things grow so "nicely" (muah ha ha) there would be tons of fresh foods to take in!
Nice post, I can't wait to hear more about your visit to Nice :)

iuli said...

Loved Nice and loved the market! How fun!

Merideth said...

I DO love things like that! I also love your blog and this background picture. You made me want to eat cheese!

Nicole said...

LOL Merideth you dork! :)

Anonymous said...

Loved the Old Town Market! Did you also go to the part with the antiques and such? My friend wanted to buy a helmet with a massive spike on it from WWII.

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