Exploring Castle Hill Nice, France


On our recent trip to Nice we were surprised to find more hustle and bustle than we expected. Although Nice is the fifth most populated city within France it's southern coastal location left us expecting the city to be tranquil and peaceful. However we found the city to be busy with people and lots going on to see and do. With a city and beach full of people you need somewhere to escape to for some peace and relaxation. 

Castle Hill is the hill located just on the edge of the city. Positioned on the coast the hill is home to views across the city; out to sea and above the harbour. Being on top of the hill high above the city and the hustle and bustle you are able to feel a sense of peace and tranquility. Due to the height of the hill you are unable to hear the noise of cars or people below. With not much noise and lots of areas to relax and unwind the hill is the perfect place to escape the city. 
How to get to Castle Hill . . . 

Due to the location of the hill being along the coast it is easy to access by foot or by public transport. The type of transport you use to get to the hill depends on where you are travelling from. Although the bay doesn't look too big to walk around with its calm blue waters it can be as far as three miles if you are walking from as far as the airport. 

  • Walking - If you are walking along the promenade to Castle Hill it can be a very relaxing and pretty walk. However on a hot day the walk can be very tiring and with not much shade along the way. And even though the hill is rather large it can seem so far away. But when you reach the hill you will soon realise that the walk was all worth it. 

  • Tram - The closest tram station to Castle Hill is the Garibaldi station. This is just under half a mile from Castle Hill and only takes approximately ten minutes to walk to. The station is a middle stop on the line, so you will have to make sure that you get off at the right stop. Although Nice does not have a confusing tram system it can still be rather confusing if you are not used to using the tram. 

Once you are at the bottom of Castle Hill you have the decision of how you will get to the top. You have the choice of either walking to the top which entails a lot of steps or taking the elevator which can get you to the top for minimal effort and in no time at all. Although both are completely different it is still a hard decision and depends on why you are visiting the hill and how much time you have to get to the summit. 

  • Walking - Walking to the top of the hill can be rewarding with the breathtaking views as you get higher but it can also be tiring with the 426 steps that you will have to climb. Although on the way you will find seating benches and viewing bays where you can take your photos. The walk can take longer than the elevator but will be worth it for the breathtaking views along the way.

  • Elevator - The elevator is located at the bottom of the hill on the side, just off of the road from the beach. Pictured below the elevator is called Ascenseur Du Chateau. From first impressions you would not think that this is the elevator until you are inside. Inside you will find a long tunnel, which at the end the elevator is located. The due for the elevator can get large as it is free to use, however it does move fast as the elevator does not take long and fits up to 8 people inside. In just 50 seconds you will be at the top of  Castle Hill. 

At the top . . . 

Once at the top whether you walked or took the elevator you will be welcomed by breathtaking views across Nice beach and out to sea. The top of the hill is peaceful and quiet due to it being away from the everyday noise and hustle and bustle below. The top of the hill has a variety of sights to see and things to do. Whether you have ventured to the top for a relaxing afternoon or to experience the views across the city you will be sure to find what you are looking for. At the top you will find stunning views; a breathtaking waterfall; a cafe to grab lunch and parks and green areas to relax. 
Tip:: If you don't fancy walking or getting the lift to the top of the hill then you can always get the road train. 
We would love to know if you have ever visited Castle Hill? Do you have any recommendations for getting to the top?

Love Chloe and Megan

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A Mini Devon and Cornwall Road Trip

Location: Devon & Cornwall
Devon and Cornwall are well known counties in the UK that everyone has on their bucket list. The counties are known for their breath-taking beaches; mouth-watering afternoon teas with scones and great weather during the summer. Located on the western tip of the country they can be far to travel for British citizens and tourists alike. However this can make it feel more like an adventure and even a new country at times. 

During our trip to the counties we were able to visit and explore a few new places. Although Devon and Cornwall are places that we have been before there are still towns and villages left to visit. Each of the destinations on our road trip were filled with lots to do and see. The towns were very British and great to explore. 


Torquay was our first destination on our mini road trip. We headed here from home and arrived late afternoon. This was perfect timing to go for a little explore and have dinner in the town. Torquay is a coastal town within Devon; therefore during our afternoon exploring we headed down to the harbour which offers pretty views and cute little eateries. The town is rather large so the harbour can be a great place to start from . . .

Boat trips:: Being a coastal town with a harbour boat trips are easy to find. Along the harbour you will see various companies who offer boat trips to different places. For more detailed information on prices and times you can enquire at the booking kiosk. However bare-in-mind that normally boat trips are only available during the summer months.

Even if you are not looking to go on a boat trip the harbour is still a pretty area to go for a walk . . .

Big Bakes Bakery:: Once you have explored the harbour it is time for cake! 

Although this little bakery is a little way from the harbour it is worth the travel. Whether you are in the mood for cake, cookies or brownies they have it all! The little bakery is located away from the sea within Torquay. Being blue and quant you will spot the bakery straight away. The only hard thing left to do is decide what you are going to buy! 

We went for biscoff cupcakes . . . 


Approximately 40 miles from Torquay is Plymouth, another coastal city within Devon. The city is on the boarder to Cornwall and is again a coastal city. Being one of the biggest destinations with Devon you will find lots to see and do. Although if you are visiting Devon for all the small little towns and villages Plymouth may not appeal to you, do not be put off. The city has a few hidden little gems which are worth the visit. Being so large it can be hard to decide where to head; we drove straight to Plymouth Hoe which is an area on the coast. Here you will find a lighthouse to climb; an open air pool to swim in; lawns to relax on and cute little food places to grab lunch. 

Smeatons Tower:: This is the lighthouse which sits on the lawn looking out to sea. Hard to miss the lighthouse is red and white stripy. Not only does it look great in a photo but you can also climb to the top. This is monday to friday only and will cost you £4 for an adult. 

Tinside Pool:: An open air pool! Being in the UK normally we do not have outside pools as we don't really get that much hot weather, which makes this pool even more unique and exciting. The pool is in a perfect location looking out to sea. The pool is open for the summer daily from 10am. With a deep and a shallow end the pool is perfect for all swimming abilities. You will also find a shop and a cafe at the centre. 


Looe is a little beach town just inside Cornwall. This is one of your typical British seaside towns where you can expect to get fish and chips or an afternoon tea. Being so small and quant it can be hard to recommend things to do. We found that we didn't do anything in particular, we explored the town; had a look around the little shops, went to see the beach and had an afternoon tea and scone. 

Whilst in the town we was also able to pick up a real Cornish pasty. That is something that is definitely worth travelling to Cornwall for! 

Although our trip to Devon and Cornwall was short we had the best time exploring new towns and cities. The trip has made us want to return to see some more of our beautiful country! 

Have you ever been to Devon or Cornwall? Where would you recommend visiting?

Love Chloe and Megan


15 Countries | Where in Europe to Visit this Summer

With a total of 47 countries, Europe although a small continent in size, is a big continent in numbers. Every country is unique and different; from breathtaking canals in the Netherlands to pretty orange roofed buildings in Czech Republic. Whether you love an adventure trip or a relaxing beachy trip you will find it in Europe. 

Every country has different foods, sights to see and destinations to explore! With so many countries to choose from we are forever indecisive about which country to visit next; therefore hopefully our guide will help you out when you are deciding this summer . . . 

The countries are in no particular order, they each have something amazing worth visiting for, read on to see . . . 

1. Netherlands

The Netherlands is a small country, however it has a lot to offer for its tourists. Amsterdam, its capital city is a popular destination for a lot of English people. Well, for a start it is only a 30 minute flight from London airports, meaning you can get there in no time at all. The city also has lots to offer, with regards to fun sights to see, yummy food to eat and quirky places to explore and experience. 

Having visited at the end of the summer previously, and experienced amazing weather we can definitely recommend the city as a great city to visit in the summer.

Additionally we have also visited Eindhoven in the Netherlands, although it was cold and wintery during this trip we would definitely recommend visiting during warmer weather. The city is the art capital of the Netherlands, with endless museums and art galleries to explore at your leisure.

Have a look at our Netherlands posts . . . 

2. France  

If you are reading this from the UK then you will already know that France is one of our closest countries to visit. Which means flight times are rather short ... and in no time you are in paradise! France is a large country with lots of different and unique destinations to visit. Whether you are looking for an exciting city, a cute little town or a picture perfect beach location, France has it all! 

Having previously visited three different locations in France we can happily say that France is a great country to visit. Paris, the capital city is a perfect summer city break location and Nice - which we visited last summer - is a great beachy destination. 

As you can see from the photo below, Nice is a really stunning place to visit. With clear blue seas, amazing french food and lots to see and do it is the ultimate break regardless of what you are looking for. Whether you want to relax or explore, Nice can offer both! 

Have a look at our France posts . . . 

3. Germany

Germany is a large country with a lot of well known destinations which tourists visit. Each destination is also completely different and unique. Having visited two cities, we still have a lot of places on our bucket list to tick off. Currently we have visited Berlin and Cologne, and each city has been very different in great ways. Berlin is well known, due to it being the capital and due to all of its history and sights to see. Cologne is however not as well known, and it should be. For a start Cologne has a Lindt chocolate factory!! 

Although both trips were not in the summer, we would definitely return in the summer to explore in the warm weather ... we have heard that Germany gets pretty hot! 

Have a look at our Germany posts . . . 

4. Croatia 

Croatia is such a beautiful country, yet is still to be visited by so many! Unlike other popular countries in Europe such as Spain and France, Croatia is not overly popular! The coastal country which is located between Bosnia and Herzegovina and Slovenia is home to pretty scenery and destinations. Upon our trip we visited the coastal area of Pula which is Northern Croatia. 

When we return in the future we would love to visit Dubrovnik, which looks stunning! Send us recommendations for where to stay, eat and visit . . . 

Have a look at our Croatia post . . . 

5. Czech Republic

The Czech Republic is a country which is visited by a lot of tourists, with its capital city Prague being a popular destination. Although often visited during the winter as a christmas or snowy trip the city is meant to be beautiful during the summer warm weather. With such pretty buildings and amazing food the city is great to visit all year round. 

You can even find the best Instagram locations on our posts! From amazing food to pretty buildings.

Have a look at our Czech Republic posts . . . 

6. Hungary

This land locked country may not be high up on your list of summer destinations within Europe . . . however it is a great summer destination. Within Budapest you can relax, explore and see some amazing sights. Whether you are visiting for only a few days or longer you will be sure to find lots to do and see. 

If you are looking for a relaxing trip you can head to any of the historic baths, for a day of relaxing, and sunbathing in the many different hot and cold pools. We would even recommend getting a massage! 

Or if you want to explore and see the sights then you will have plenty to choose from on both sides of the river! 

Have a look at our Hungary post . . . 

7. Ireland

This may be one of the quickest summer destinations to get to from the UK, especially if you live in the west of the country! Ireland is such a pretty green country, however it is also well known for its Guinness. 

Whether you love Guinness or not Dublin is a must visit location! The city has lots to see and do . . . 

Have a look at our Ireland posts . . . 

8. Italy

Everyone has Italy on there bucket list . . . with gorgeous architecture, amazing food and beautiful weather! 

Having visited Rome and Milan, Italy is definitely a country we love. Both trips involved visiting some beautiful sights, eating some great food and having the best time! With both the trips being in the summer we was able to eat lots of ice cream and explore in the sun.  

Italy is a country which is always on our bucket list, we want to explore more of Italy in the future so please send us all the recommendations! 

Have a look at our Italy posts . . . 

9. Vatican city 

Vatican city is the smallest country in the world! 

Although yes this is in Italy, Vatican City is its own country. However it does not have its own airport, therefore you will have to visit the little country when you visit Rome. The country has lots of religious buildings and sights to see! 

Have a look at our Vatican City post . . . 

10. Luxembourg 

Luxembourg is yet another small country, located between Belgium, Germany and France. Not visited by many, the country is a must see. Although not coastal it is perfect for a summer stroll and wander. With gorgeous scenery and views it is a really pretty, picture perfect country to visit. 

Have a look at our Luxembourg post . . . 

11. Monaco 

Monaco is also a small country. Again this is a country which does not have an airport. Being on the edge of France and Italy the country is accessible by car or train. When we visited we travelled from Nice by train, this was not too far (around 30 minutes, if that) and really reasonably priced. Upon arrival from the train station you are welcome by the most amazing views out to sea. 

The country is small, brightly coloured and exciting! Known as million/billionnaires playground Monte Carlo is very impressive! But don't worry you don't need lots of money to visit, just lots of wanderlust. You will need to do a lot of walking to see all the amazing views, castles and casinos ... but don't worry it will all be worth it! 

Have a look at our Monaco posts . . . 

12. Poland

Poland is another country with a lot of colourful buildings (you can see what we look for when we travel). The capital Warsaw, where we visited, is home to lots of exciting attractions and sights to visit. Being a big city there is a lot to explore. Although we did visit in the winter, we would love to return in the summer, it is meant to be really hot! 

Have a look at our Poland post . . . 

13. Spain

Spain may be one of the most visited countries within Europe. After all it does have the mainland and then lots of islands. Although this is great for finding somewhere to visit this summer, it also hard to decide where. To help you make your decision easier we would definitely recommend visited mainland Barcelona. 

Barcelona in the summer is perfect, you will find lots to do, lots to eat and lots of places to relax! 

Have a look at our Spain posts . . . 

14. Denmark

Denmark was our first  Scandinavian country that we visited and it has left us wanting to book more ... we have two new ones booked for this year! 

The country is filled with friendly locals, quirky places to visit and great food. The main canal area in Copenhagen is one of the prettiest we have visited. Although not the hottest of countries it is perfect to explore in a cooler heat during summer.

Have a look at our Denmark post . . . 

15. Greece 

Greece is one of the most exciting countries within Europe. After all it has approximately 6,000 islands! This is probably the reason why Greece is a popular holiday destination. With clear waters, sandy beaches and perfect weather it is the perfect place to visit this summer. Even if you have been before, you will be sure to find somewhere new and exciting to explore. 

We visited Greece a few years ago, the island Corfu, which is on the west coast of the country. The trip was filled with beach days and days exploring the little Greek towns with amazing foods and locals. Being such an amazing trip, Greece has been on our must return list for some time. Upon our return we would like to explore a new island or even visit the mainland which is filled with lots of history. 

Where is your favourite place to visit in Europe? 

Do you have any country recommendations for us to visit? 

Love Chloe and Megan 


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