Nice is a city that exudes endless charm

The famed Promenade des Anglais in Nice. Picture by Christian Alminana/ AP

IT may seem like a cliché but Nice is one of the most beautiful cities I have visited.

From strolling the streets of the old town to walking along the Promenade des Anglais or simply enjoying the warm waters of the Mediterranean Sea, the city is breath-taking.

Having visited Nice twice before, including a special trip for my dad's 60th birthday, I am due to return to the city with my family next month.

For months we have looked forward to enjoying 10 days of sunshine and relaxation in Nice, the capital and largest resort of the Côte d'Azur.

We have made plans to walk up to Castle Hill to take in the beautiful views of the city, hire bikes to cycle the long sweep of the Bay of Angels and of course enjoy the multitude of cafes, bars and eateries.

There's also the antique and flower markets to enjoy, the old port as well as the many museums, galleries and parks and the winding lanes of the old town, which date back to the 16th century.

And no-one can help but savour the stunning views along the Promenade des Anglais, named after the first tourists during the late 18th century, which began Nice's transformation from sleepy fishing port into one of the Mediterranean's premier resorts.

Each week there are around 200 flights from Ireland to France, something that emphasises how popular France is as a destination for Irish people.

Just months after the Paris attacks and the disruption that ensued on the French capital's once thriving tourist industry, there are obvious fears the Bastille Day atrocity will inflict yet more damage.

Like many, I watched in disbelief as the tragic events unfolded in Nice, thinking of all those poor people caught up in the attacks.

Such an appalling act, I can understand why people will be reluctant to return to the city amidst all the tragedy.

But we should be defiant and unwilling to let terrorism win.

Nice is a city that exudes endless charm and a certain 'je ne sais quoi', something that has enticed me back again and again.

If we cancelled our holiday, terrorism wins. Who wants that?

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