London's gloomy grey clouds were banished from my thoughts as I stretched out in the warm French Côte d'Azur sunshine and fixed my eyes on the blue horizon line...
relaxing on the warm pebbly shores of Nice, France
blue, glorious blue
The important stuff: Nice, France is just a quick 1 hour and 40 minute flight from London, and the gateway to gorgeous Côte d'Azur (aka French Riviera). Visit in the shoulder months - April, May, September and October for smaller crowds and you'll still be rewarded with glorious sunshine. It may be a bit too cold for swimming though!