For a start, you must not be a slave to your guidebook. Nice is a wonderful city, and by just strolling around it's Old Town and the sea front, you will experience the very essence of the life and culture. In the Old Town itself, one narrow, cobbled street will lead onto another, and finding your own way around is a journey in itself. An abundance of fabulous restaurants and boutique shops, galleries and cafes. Discovering the local secrets yourself is half the fun. It was quite by chance that we both happened across the Art Market for example, where we bought a beautiful original that hangs in our house in England. It was also quite by accident that we passed The Hotel Negresco, and decided to go in for a drink. What an amazing place, the memories made more special by the unplanned nature of our visit.
I'd like to claim that the many drinks we've enjoyed on the beach front were also accidental, but of course that would be a lie. One of my favourite evening activities in Nice - watching the sun go down with a glass of chilled wine in my hand and the sea gently washing in and out.
But if you do want to tick off some important sites, over and above the ones I've mentioned already, don't miss our favourite five: