A night out in Nice is an experience.
You wander down the lovely little cobblestone lanes..checking out the bars and restaurants, tables and chairs spill out onto the streets.Lovely street lights and table candles provide the lovely atmosphere. Spruikers stand at menu boards that display prices and whats on offer..they all greet you "Bon jour", and suggest you be their guests.
After you choose your restaurant, you pick your table..those closest to the street.. on the road, are my favourite, you want to have a good view so you dont miss none of the action on the street!
The service is excellent, you are seated, water appears, beautiful french bread and the drink menu. You select your drinks.. ( i still get raised eyebrows when i request coffee with my meal, its a sin in the eyes of the french.. coffee is a meal course.. not to be drank while you are eating!!) , Drink menu disappears.. the food menu is produced, usually in english/french combination. The waiter will help, explain dishes, suggest a dish, or translate if neccessary, most speak english very well.
While you wait for your food, the entertainment begins... buskers everywhere!
Tonight we watched 'human statues' people painted gold and silver, posing.. only to move suddenly and make passerbys jump!
We also saw a young brazilian acrobat troupe, do amazing things in the middle of the road.
A painter set up his little area, and proceeded to produce masterpieces with spray paint.
A piano accordian player wandered through the tables playing his offkey music, to the clapping of the patrons.
A man drew caricatures of people in the crowd, much to the amusement of others.
A young guy dressed as a clown made balloon animals for children.
You eat your food and watch, a one course meal can stretch to two hours, you sit, and are fussed over by the restaurant staff...'does madam want another drink, .you watch the street performers, and soak up the atmosphere.You are never presented with your bill you have to ask.. to present you with the bill before you are ready to leave, is considered rude.
We have only eaten one meal inside the whole time we have been here...and that was because it was raining!
I love Nice, I love the whole atmosphere, the laid back relaxing life style!