Nice - home away from home
"Lazy days at the riviera"
Been visiting Nice about 7-8 times now, and still 2 more trips to go this year. Most of the time I am in the Nice area the whole time, but sometimes I use it as a "base" for either visiting the Formula 1 race in Monaco and Magny Cours. Always spending a whole lot of time in the apartments terrace, and of course spending the evenings in the old town, specially found of Thor Pub or The Blue Whale. Always nice people (in every way) at Thor.
Nice - Warts and all - The alternative view
"Not so NIce"
See my wife's VT guide and her website for the good news.
Welcome to Nice, home of dog poo, graffiti, beggars, parking offences, unsilenced motorcycles and poor service.
Don't get me wrong, I love Nice, so much so that my wife and I own a studio there and visit as often as possible.
I hope that my comments can help to improve which in the past was one of (if not the) finest tourist locations in the world.
The scourge of the pedestrian is covered in my local customs.
A terrible scar on every building although recently there has been a civic effort to correct the disfigurement. An army of workers, armed with crude brushes and buckets of paint to match the wall that they are painting, can now be seen attempting to cover the vandals mess as soon as it appears. The initial results are most promising but appear to be restricted to the more upmarket, or tourist areas. Unfortunately, only the walls are painted and doorways and other embellishments are left.
This is not just a Nice problem and I was horrified to see the ancient woodwork of the Rialto Bridge in Venice disfigured by graffiti. The woodwork is deeply engrained with natural grooves caused by the shrinkage of the wood over several hundred years and the paint is almost impossible to remove.
Similarly in the old town of Nice the 400 year old stone where it is unrendered is often indelibly marked.
I suggest that the perpetrators of this damage should be tattooed acroos the forehead with copies of their work as a punishment.
I have already mentioned one modus operandi, the dog, another being more obvious, a baby. It is sickening to see a mother and infant on the pavement, often all day long, the mother holding out her hand and supplicating with a pained expression. Either the State is ignoring the problem, which is shameful or they are being exploited by others.
The convenient gap between beggars and the occasional sight of money being given to strong looking young men makes me suspicious. Those suspicions were fortified recently when there was an altercation which looked as if the beggar (a youth of about 19) argued with his minder and received a good kicking.
Another irritation is shaking a tin of money in ones face, I wonder what would happen if I took it and said 'merci'
Cars are a major problem and I sympathise with the residents who need or want a car. However, the total disregard for the law and the risk to pedestrians is inexcusable.
Double parking is accepted but leads to long blasts on the horn at any time of the day or night when a car owner is trapped on the inside.
Cars are left on the pavement and on crossings and often it is impossible to manoeuver a trolly or push chair across the road. I have never tried a wheelchair and have never seen one being used, presumably there are no disabled residents in Nice. The access for the disabled is non existent either on the streets or in the shops or restaurants. The beaches are reached by steps only and if I were a wheelchair user I would not visit Nice!
Take care when crossing the road , drivers appear to regard traffic signals as optional, including lane markings and bus-ways, one-way signs, speed limits and those pretty red lights. Parking tickets are an excuse to add to the daily litterfest.
Pool (under the arch) and lounging area
This is a part of Old Town!!
Theatre Municipal, Nice, France
Part of a mosaic path
I have a docters appointment in Nice on fri 22 jan and they told me to bring an interpreter with me incase no one who speaks english is available.
Does anyone know any websites where you can hire interpreters in Nice?
Try this page here, it is a translator / interpreter website. Fill in the blanks and you will get the interpreters that reside in the area which then can be contacted either via mail or skype.
By clicking on each member's name you can visualise their webpages and profiles.
This is an alternative site with similar features: http://www.gotranslators.com/
Hope this helps
If you don't have anything suitable there the best source for english-speaking services can usually be found here:
Here is a local French Riviera translator company. They will be able to get you a local interpreter in Nice. Be sure to let them know that you need a medical interpreter. IT IS IMPORTANT! There are interpreters and then there are specialized interpreters. The medical language is quite complicated, and a correct translation is vital. (I do know this from experience). If it is a medical/legal interpreter, all the better. They are licenced, and are qualified to translate medical reports in court cases.