|A French star among the many resorts, Nice is one of the oldest cities in France. Its casinos and resort facilities give the capital of the Cote d' Azur an air of sophistication, but also an old world charm that bears a strong Italian influence. Walk amid its open-air markets on small winding streets, particularly the flower market, if only to take in the lavender fragrances for which the region is known. Taste a beignet and hop a trolley that rolls past the pastel-colored buildings of Old Nice. You'll understand why artists such as Matisse and Chagall chose to live and paint here.