We went to the popular French Riviera on Easter week 2014.

Our base was Nice, a city that was once Italian. We loved it, the atmosphere, the parks and the sea.

The moment we arrived at the airport, I noticed that tourists flashed signature belts, accessories and clothes (and probably shoes, but I didn’t bother scrutinizing).

We took it easy on the first day. We stayed at Hotel Boreal, which is less than a minute away from the shopping mall Nice Etoile on Avenue Jean Médecin.

On arrival, we had to entertain our six-year old daughter (as always) so right after a crépe dinner we searched like mad for playgrounds. Luckily, we happened to discover Promenade du Paillon – a lovely park inaugurated in October 2013 and took ten years to build! Children loved playing in the “water mirror” and its fountains, the “foggy area” and the wooden playgrounds.

Parents sat on the grass and enjoyed tha laid back atmosphere. From what I heard, the area used to be a river bed that was covered up and transformed into this park. (For an interesting background, check this link to a blog: The French Riviera Blog by Kevin Hin.)

Later I left hubby and my daughter to sneak away and check out some high-end shops, which were near Place Massena.

My favorite shop though was Louis Vuitton. Not because it’s the king of bags. But because the guy who assisted me, Vincent I think was his name, was very helpful, patient and friendly.

I went to the other stores nearby but none had a clerk as classy and friendly as he. Others were somewhat snobbish.

Anyway, hardly noticed Easter in the French Riviera. I wonder why?

Related easter posts:

Easter twigs of Sweden

Polish easter: eggs and holy water

How we celebrated easter in Sweden

Easter Philippines – my toughest easter