Unfortunately, I did not go far this weekend in my explorations. A rather late night and a “slight” hangover on Saturday morning meant that I was unfit for serious sightseeing. So, what would have been my normal expedition day turned into, chilling on the beach day. However, on Sunday I just felt plain weary, so I decided to stay close to home.
The Russian Orthodox Church is hidden away in the heart of Nice, not far from the train station. It has been one of the top sights on my list and I decided that its close proximity would be perfect for a lazy day. I love architecture,but I do not know anything about it. I just love “pretty” buildings and this Cathedral is exactly that. It’s a breath of fresh air after the Belle Epoque and Art Nouveau styles of architecture which prevail along the Cote d’Azur.
Just a short 10 minute walk west of the main train station in Nice, the cathedral is simple to find and tucked out-of-the-way from the busy streets. It is set in a tranquil garden with rose bushes lining the entrance. You can enter the building, however, be aware that there is a dress code, no shorts and no strappy tops. The cathedral does provide, shawls and a type of skirt for women, to cover up but so far there is nothing for men. If you’re feeling a bit depleted on the energy levels and want to either lay low in the hostel for most of the day or spent half a day at the beach, but still want to grab some culture I would advise visiting the Russian Orthodox Cathedral to spice up your day.