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SAS Crew tips: Nice

In Tender is the Night, F. Scott Fitzgerald extols the virtues of his beloved South of France. SAS flight attendant Helena Lidh, who used to live in Nice, confirms that it still retains its magic today.

Chez Pipo on Rue Bavastro is a great place if you want to try socca. Photo: Chez Pipo

Chez Pipo

Nice is a culianary paradise. When you’re there, you should definitely try socca, a Provençale chickpea crepe. I like to buy mine somewhere in la Vieille Ville for the sake of simplicity, but if you want something a bit more glamorous then Chez Pipo on Rue Bavastro is a great option. It’s a cozy pub in the trendy Garibaldi neighborhood.

Chez Pipo

13 rue Bavastro, Nice

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The sunset is magnificent from the rooftop bar of Hotel Aston La Scala. Photo: Hotel Aston La Scala

Hotel Aston La Scala

When dusk falls, there’s nothing more relaxing than sitting down at a bar on a beach as it begins to empty of people. To see planes take off from the airport while gazing out over the Mediterranean and hear the sound of the waves as they lap the big, rounded stones of the beach is heaven. It smells of salt and lingering sunscreen. It’s magic to me. For this, the rooftop bar at the Hotel Aston La Scala is one of my favorites.

Hotel Aston La Scala

12 avenue Félix Faure, Nice

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The Promenade des Anglais stretches 7km from the airport to Quai des Etats. Photo: Shutterstock

Promenade des Anglais

However touristy it may be, walk the Promenade des Anglais, both at sunrise and at sunset. It’s typically Nice and it’s so beautiful. I used to get up at around 10, take a beach mat, towel, book and my Sony Walkman and on my way to the beach I would buy a pan bagnat, some fruit and a bottle of water. I worked at a nightclub in Monaco and then I’d sleep there on the beach for the rest of the day!

Promenade des Anglais

Promenade des Anglais, Nice

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The view over La Turbie. Photo Shutterstock

La Turbie

Rent a car and drive along La Grand Corniche to La Turbie. This picturesque Roman village is worth a visit on its own, but the trip there is part of the thrill. Stop when you can and just enjoy the view. Have a coffee and then continue down the serpentine roads toward Monaco.

La Turbie

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