In Nice France, you have the...
In Nice France, you have the ocean, big city, rural mountainous areas above the city, and are at the headway to the Cote d'Azur for South of France. Using Nice as your South of France gateway, you can hit every town down to Cannes within hours. Being in the mountains above the city looking down. Getting lost up there, and having to ask some French Farmers how to get back down to the city, by foot.
They directed me to an ancient foot path down the side of a mountain, which eventually led back to the edge of Nice.
It was an excellent adventure.
Large shops are usually open from Monday to Saturdays from 10 AM to about 7h30 PM and do not close at lunchtime (Galeries Lafayette opens from 9 AM to 8 PM , Virgin Megastore from 9h30 AM to 8 PM and Fnac from 10 AM to 8 PM. Nice Etoile mall from 10 AM to 7h30 PM) .
Supermarkets open around 8h30 AM, (smaller mini-markets closes between 1 PM-3 PM) and close around 8 PM.
Some small shops closes on Mondays.
Most shops and supermarkets close all day Sunday, but you might find a few around the "Zone Piétonne (Rue Masséna)" and Vieux-Nice (old town).
Best shopping streets:
- Avenue Jean Medécin: H& M, Etam, Levi's, Armand Thierry, Marionnaud Parfumerie, Monoprix, Shopping mall Nice Etoile, Zara, Virgin Megastore, Sephora Parfumerie, Galeries Lafayette, etc.
- "Zone Piétonne"(around Rue Masséna): Many shops, restaurants and cafés. Most open on Sunday as well.
- Avenue de Verdun: designer shops, such as Hermès, Cartier, etc.
- Rue de la Liberté: Ikks, Guess, Jacadi, Elena Miro
- Rue Longchamp / Rue Alphonse Karr: shoe shops and trendy clothing.
List of supermarkets usually open on Sundays mornings (usually from 9 AM to 12 PM):
Intermarché (close to Negresco Hotel)
Address: 7-9 Boulevard Gambetta (Map)
(they also have another entrance on 8-10 Rue Saint Philipe)
Intermarché (close to the harbour)
Address: 9 boulevard Lech Walésa (Map)
Address: 20 Boulevard Gambetta (Map)
The surface temperature of the water along the Côte d'Azur differs depending on the amount of sunshine it receives. In winter it can be from 16C and in summer to 22C. If your are diving however, the temperature is a constant 13C from below 2000 metres down to 4000 metres. Toplessness on most beaches is accepted in the south of France but be sure to wear plenty of sunscreen.
Notice the tomb details...
when you're in the town cemetery, of course. I thought this one, for a little 8yr-old-boy from 1931, was the most precious and touching. The stone toys, his car and his airplane, were such thoughtful notes. And the list goes on. Here on the sunny coast of Paradise itself, you are brought back to earth just like that.
Henri Auer Chocolaterie #1
Picture Group #1
Crystallized fruit, a Nice specialty,
has been hand made and sold at
Henri Auer since 1820 .... We had to try both the crystallized fruit and the
chocolates .... GREAT
We were on holiday, so who counts calories when
your having a good time ...... ha ha
Best to get it there, becase you won't find this stuff
at home at the corner store ....