Nice, Marseille + The Côte d'Azur

Nice, Marseille + The Côte d'Azur Travel Guide

The museum devoted to butterflies presents more than 4,500 species, many of them rare or endangered; most have been collected by the artist Dany Lartigue. Tours available by advance request.

The family-run shop produces handmade chocolates spiked with such unlikely ingredients as fennel, onion, and lavender, as well as pralines and traditional barres marseillaises (fruit-studded dark chocolate).

A high-octane dance club in a renovated bunker, Le Trolleybus's roster of musical genres ranges from techno to salsa over three dance floors.

Colorful Provençal ceramics, objects for the garden, lotions, and scented candles make ideal gifts for the folks back home.

Drive to this 20th-century manor for the gardens and bay views.

Get some ice cream and stroll the five-mile Promenade des Anglais, the road fronting the Baie de Anges.

Local designer Marianne Cat has created a gallery and boutique in an 18th-century town house. She stocks her own silky, ephemeral dresses and blouses, along with a well-edited collection of photography and art.

Take the quaint Petit Train de la Bonne Mère from the Old Port. You'll chug more than 500 feet above the harbor to the towering neo-Byzantine cathedral, where a 30-foot Madonna overlooks the city. Needless to say, the views are fantastic.