A Glimpse of the good life along the Cote d’Azur aboard Feadship's 152-foot Megayacht Audacia.
With an international airport and large port, Nice is the bustling hub of the Cote d’Azur. Its beaches are covered with tangerine-size stones rather than the soft sand of Saint-Tropez and Cannes, and its old town, with narrow and winding streets perfect for getting lost in, is a central attraction. While navigating them, I stumbled upon a takeaway caf serving one of the region’s specialties, socca, a surprisingly bland chickpea crpe. (Perhaps I missed something?)
In the hilltop Parc de la Colline du Chateau, there’s a Maritime Museum, a couple small cafes connected by winding paths, an old cemetery, and more panoramic views than my camera could handle.
After the too-brief four days, it was time to depart. I had to focus on my over-packed suitcase (and how I’d get it up the stairs to my apartment without the aid of the deckhands) and on returning to a reality of frozen dinners (and how much worse they’d taste after dinner aboard). But I did have one final chance to bid adieu. The runway of Nice’s airport parallels the Med, giving me one last view not only of the Cote d’Azur’s impossibly blue water but, if I squinted, a yacht that looked remarkably like the one I’d just had such a lovely week aboard.
This article originally appeared in the December 2010 issue of Power & Motoryacht magazine.