Villa Magdalena

1 et 3 avenue du Capitaine Scott, Nice, 06300, France
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Children summer activity program camp for locals in French

by manukian

Hello all. Was wondering if anyone knows of a camp or some summer activity program for children (my daughter is 5) in the Provence area. She is completely francophone and I would prefer to have her with French children in something local and not expensive. I know that the French very 'social' system proposes many such activities but I don't know how to find them as I am in NYC. Any suggestions, experience or advice is greatly appreciated!

Re: Children summer activity program camp for locals in French

by Sarastro

Perhaps UCPA is the best known but I believe the minimum age is 6:

Re: Children summer activity program camp for locals in French

by manukian

Thank you, Sarasto. I just checked the site, it's full of activities but unfortunately just for 6 and up.

Re: Children summer activity program camp for locals in French

by manukian

Hello Ranger49,
Would like to spend the summer holiday in France and have full-day activity for my daughter so that she will be entertained, make friends and socialize in French. I will pay for anything quality that parents have good experience with.

Re: Children summer activity program camp for locals in French

by Jeannette1

Contact the "mairie" (city hall) of the town or village where you are staying. They will be able to help you find day camps or summer activities for your children. Even small villages in France have a mairie.
Bonne chance!

Re: Children summer activity program camp for locals in French

by Jeannette1

They are called "centre de loisirs" and you can send your children 1/2 day or a full day during the summer. The price is usually very reasonable since these are public schools. You probably will have to sign up the children ahead of time, to make sure there is space available.

Re: Children summer activity program camp for locals in French

by manukian

Merci beaucoup, Jeannette!

Travel Tips for Nice

The boulevard

by Sharrie

Construction of the boulevard was funded by money collected from wealthy tourists & European aristocrats who wintered here in early 19th century. Nice is a very popular resort with the Europeans & on the north end of the city many turn-of-the-century beachfront villas & grand hotels still exist.

Tres jolie

by venteeocho

Located in Southern Europe at the south eastern extremity of France, Nice is a privileged crossroads between the Alps, Provence, Corsica and Italy. The city occupies an exceptional natural site in the heart of the French Riviera. It stretches over a coastal plain open southward nto the Mediterranean and bounded from East to West by a succession of wooded hills. In the background, rise the first peaks of the Alpine foothills, some reaching over 9000 ft above sea level, only 31 miles (from the coast) as the crow flies…


5th largest city in France
345 892 inhabitants
7 192 hectares
5 miles of beaches
300 ha of parks and gardens
150 bassins et fontainesKEY FIGURES FOR TOURISM

2nd largest centre for tourism in France

over 3.2 million visitors in 1999

2nd airport in France, with more than 8,6 million passengers a year, connecting to 80 destinations in 28 countries

Top cruising port in France, 193 780 passengers used the Port of Nice-Villefranche in 1999 including 55.116 cruise passengers for Nice alone ;

1.4 million visitors arrived by train in 1999

2nd Congress and Convention City in France with Acropolis voted several times Best Convention Centre in Europe; in 1999, 112.000 delegates attended professional events and an overall total of 495.000 to all events.

19 museums and galleries (the largest number after Paris)

2nd largest hotel facilities in France, making up a third of the total hotel capacity of the French Riviera, with 190 hotels and some 10.000 rooms:
- 21 hotels **** (2.999 rooms)
- 57 hotels *** (3.096 rooms)
- 81 hotels ** (3.101 rooms)
- 31 hotels * ( 842 rooms)

15 tourism residences
(731 apartments and 2.141 beds).

Go ski-ing from Nice

by Nice2004

The ski bus from Nice to either Isola 2000 or Auron is a great way for anyone who can already ski and is flexible as to when they want to travel to cheaply have a day ski-ing from Nice. The ski bus runs at weekends and during the school holidays.

The bus leaves the Nice Gare Routiere (Bus station) at 0730 and returns at around 1900 in the evening. The drive to Isola takes around 1.45-2 hours. For 27 euros the bus ticket also includes a ski pass.

Now the downside….firstly the bus is often cancelled if less than 20 people are travelling, so you need to be flexible with dates. The bus is usually not confirmed as going until the afternoon before hand. The 2nd problem was that I don’t really think Isola and the ski-bus is a good option for 1st time skiers (such as me!). The bus dropped us off in a car park and to get to the ski school I was told I would have to take 2 ski lifts and ski to it…..if I could have done that I wouldn’t haven’t needed lessons! The bus driver was kind enough to drive us up further in the ski resort than he normally went so we could be closer to the ski school. As it turned out all ski lessons were fully booked anyway! As we didn’t know which days the ski bus would run we could not book lessons in advance, and they wouldn’t take ski lesson bookings over the phone anyway..! Most people travelled in their ski gear. There are plenty of places at the resort to hire all the equipment needed for ski-ing. There are a couple of ski shops where you can get a discount if you show your ski-bus ticket.

Chapel of Sainte-Rita or church of Saint-Giaume

by Pavlik_NL

This small chapel is devoted oficially to Saint Giaume, but is known by the citizens of Nice as the Sainte-Rita church. She is the patron Saint of hopeless causes. The church was restructured in the 17th century on the place where an older church was dedicated to Saint Giaume (same as Saint Jacques, but pronounciated in Nicois dialect).

Nices temple to music just got bigger and better

by NiceLife about FNAC

Nice has only two music store leviathans, the French FNAC and the British Virgin Superstore, both in the Avenue Jean Medicin.

FNAC always won on points on account of having listening posts where most CDs in stock can be auditioned (Not at Virgin) and it carries a much richer canvas of musical styles. Virgin shelf space is dominated by transatlantic contemporary pop and rock.

As of the end of October 2004 FNAC has moved out of its old home in the Nice Etoiles mall, and into the magnificently restored and rejuvenated Marionaud building a hundred metres north. Bigger and better, on five floors, everything in media - CDs and DVDs, books and consumer electronics. And new listening stations.

The French colonial legacy means imported artists not available elsewhere around the globe, and Paris as multicultural music capital means French goodies galore. In addition to the usual youth outpourings (yawn) a rich selection of contemporary Arab, African and Paris Lounge > Paris-Dakkar, yes! Brazillian and Cuban sections also good. Cabo Verde interesting - alternatives to good old Cesaria from the place where that afro-portuguese musical stuff grew.

Alteratively they still have 500 million identical grunge, garage and rap artists latest output, each hardly distinguishable one from the other. Lots of warbling sulky or angry young men. Whatever. You decide. Just spoil a Virgin accountants day, buy at FNAC. Plenty of special offers and reasonable prices,(unlike Virgin).


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