We snuck in a quick trip to Nice to check it out. The whole region "la Cote d'Azur" is very lovely.
Q and M are not supposed to miss school for such frivolous reasons. So to avoid outright lying, we strategically had Sean call in twice to P at the front dest, who doesn't speak much English, to report that the kids wouldn't be in school that day. No questions asked. Phew!, as the kids would say. The teachers didn't ask about their absences at all when we got back.
Here are some pictures: