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3 days in the French Riviera

If you only had 3 days in the French Riviera, and were based in Nice, where would you go?? :) Thanks!
Thais

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I know it's a haven for tourists, but I am so glad I visited St Paul de Vence (spelling??). Probably because it was my first time overseas and my first visit to a village in regional France.

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Monte Carlo for a day trip was the highlight last May when I was based in Nice.
Have a good one.

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Thais, With only three days, I'd divide my time somewhat like this: > One day exploring Nice, including the Promenade des Anglais, "old town" market area, and if time permits the Chagall and Matisse Museums. > One day exploring Monaco and Monte Carlo. Note that if you plan to venture into the famous Casino, there's a "dress code". I found the Monaco Oceanographic Museum to be really interesting. The Changing of the Guard at the Royal Palace takes place at 11:55 (be sure to get there early to "stake out" a good viewpoint). As I recall, the Bus fare from Nice to Monaco is only €1. Monaco and Monte Carlo are not far apart (just across the bay) so you could walk between them (I have) or take the Bus. > For the last day, spend part in Nice and perhaps take a short day trip to Villefranche-sur-Mer (it's reasonably close). There are lots of possibilities. Happy travels!

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I'd do, and have done, what Ken suggested. I agree wholeheartedly. I'd add, The Japanese Garden in Monaco Eze le Village, and walk all the way up to the Jardin Exotique The Jardin Exotique in Monaco
A walk around Saint Jean Cap Ferrat A visit to Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild and their wonderful gardens (can you tell we love gardens?) A walk around the market in Nice and a nibble on some Socca oh dear, I've run out of 3 days, and I haven't started yet. That's why we go almost every year. oh... if you have a bit of time and decent transport the Monet Renoir museum above Cagnes-sur-Mer. Its wonderful to see paintings and the exact scene that was painted still very nearly the same as it was.

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I agree with the suggestions so far but to follow up on Nigel's post, it's Renoir's house and museum that is in Cagnes sur Mer. If you're a fan, it's a very worthwhile visit. It's the house he built and spent the last year's of his life. Nice garden, great views, some interesting exhibits. Edit: You can get there by bus from Nice, very easy.

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I have to second Eze and St. Paul de Vence as a few of my favorites... while I like Nice and Monaco and Monte Carlo (and you probably should see them) I prefer the smaller villages.
We also spent a morning watching the sunrise from Cap Ferrat and it was fantastic, then found a wonderful little place for a beautiful french breakfast....yum

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Grier is right - sorry for the goof. I had a long shift last night and obviously was not fully awake for such a gaf. ooops

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Thank you for all of your suggestions! What do you guys think of a day trip to Gorges du Verdon? Thais

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I love the area and it is a beautiful drive... also the village of Moustier Saint Marie which is located there...touristy but still fun and lots of beautiful flowers in the summer.

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I, too, enthusiastically recommend visiting the Chagall and Matisse museums. And I'll put in a good word for the Picasso museum in Antibes. I don't know if Cannes is on your list of possibilities, but IMO you won't miss anything if you skip it.