Nice - History (finished)
Englishmen became path breakers of a resort. So, Alexander Djuma, having visited here in 1841, saw two Nices - Italian and English. According to his impression it was possible to meet only Englishmen on Nice promenade. Therefore the quay received the name Promenade de Angles.
Later Berlioz, Merimee, Nitzche lived there and many other celebrities as well. When the quay was built up by luxurious hotels, it is difficult to tell, who from celebrities of the last century was not here!
What's good for the locals is good for you, too!
Wander around the Old Town streets and just soak up the sparkling southern French atmosphere. Every town square has its shops and cafes and 100 other reasons which will make you oh-so-glad you are here!
GET YOUR FEET WET!
If you're like me and want a refreshing reprieve to escape Nice's masses huddled along the Promenade des Anglais, and the ever-present toxic fumes from diesel fueled cars in nonstop traffic, St. Laurent du Var is 5 minutes from Nice and a great place for windsurfing. Other recommended places for windsurfing is Estérel, Roquebrune-Cap-Martin and the Lérins Islands.
If you?re into ocean canoe kayaking or rowing, the best places are: Antibes, Mandelieu, St-Laurent-du-Var and Cannes. Rowing at Villefranche sur Mer, Mandelieu, Monaco and Menton.
For motorized water activities (Jet-skiing, Water-skiing, parachute rides, etc) things get a little tricky. The driver of any craft with an engine more powerful than 6CV needs a license. If you have a license from a country outside of France, it should be ok but check this out anyway, just in case!
For scuba diving: contact the Comité Départemental de Plongée (Alpes-Maritimes) Tel: 04 93 61 26 07 Equipment rentals (windsurfing, canoes, kayaks and boats) and advice/information are available at one of the many sailing centers (Stations Voiles).
OH. Take note of the flags on the beach! GREEN means it's pretty safe and there's a lifeguard somewhere (hopefully), ORANGE means it's dangerous but there's a lifeguard somewhere (maybe). YELLOW means that the water is POLLUTED so please, definitely ask someone about the flag colors if you're color blind!!!!
The Observatory of Nice, is...
The Observatory of Nice, is located on 'la colline du Mont Gros', close to Nice. It offers an exceptionnal panorama of Nice and 'la Baie des Anges'. Listed as a historic building, is a University Research Centre, welcoming many researchers and engineers. Its great dome, designed by Gustave Eiffel and its 35 hectares forest park are overlooking Nice and a great part of the coast. The Astrorama, created in 1987, is proposing different activities to the public: guided tours, entertainment under the stars, lectures, projection of slides, exhibitions...
GUIDED TOURS: Every Saturday at 3 PM. The depart starts from the Observatory entrance and the tour takes about 1h30 (walking about 1800 meters).
OBSERVATORY INDIVIDUAL RATES: 4,50 € (full rate), 2,50 € (special rate).
GROUP* AND CLASSES** RATES: 80 € (full rate), 50 € (special rate).
OBSERVATORY + ASTORAMA INDIVIDUAL RATE: 9,00 €. *Groups: 25 people maximum ** 4 accompanying adults free, 30 students maximum
HOW TO GET THERE FROM NICE: Take la Grande Corniche D 2564. The Observatory can be found on the right side, 7 km away from Nice. Park in front of the entrance (do not go inside the Observatory) and wait for the guide.
MORE INFO: Phone: +33 (0)4 92 00 30 11
Fax: +33 (0)4 92 00 30 33
Tickets for all forthcoming major artists performing along the main Riviera towns can be booked here at the FNAC ticket service. Here you will get information on everything happening.
Cannes Palais de Festivals is particularly good for world music artists and major international pop performers. And you'll be glad to know the last train from Cannes to Nice at 23.39 will allow you to squeeze in a full concert, including the encore, and still get you home. La Palestre in Le Cannet, the northern suburb of Cannes also plays host to big international artists
Nice is a little more oriented to the French audience. The Palais Nikaia usually has good concerts (Rolling Stones anyone?), but don't expect cheap entertainment. Palais Nikiai isn't actually in Nice, its up the Route de Grenoble, in the Var Valley a few miles north of Nice Airport. The good news is that Lignes d'Azur put on a special bus service on concert nights that links the town and the concert hall and gets you home safe and sound