If you are planning to stay a while in Nice and want to see a movie in your mother tongue, or a classic, you have three cinemas where most movies are not dubbed.
- The Cinema Rialto - 4 Rue de Rivoli (behind the Negresco): showing the last releases and foreign subtitled movies.
-Cinema Mercury - Place Garibaldi: showing new releases, foreign underground and new films, months after they have been taken off the schedules in other places.
-La Cinematheque - 3 esplanade Kennedy (under Acropolis, next to the bowling hall): showing classics, foreign films, cartoons...monthly program containing at least two themes + workshops or special nights.
You have to get a membership card for 1E, then the ticket is 2E. Really worth it!
In France, you can buy stamps at post offices and Tabacs (a shop displaying the red diamond shaped "tabac" sign).
The main post office in Nice is located on Avenue Thiers (just across main train station).
One individual stamp costs 0,55 €
The cost of sending a letter depends on its weight and destination.
If you want to buy stamps (less than 10), you will have to queue (beforehand grab a ticket and wait for your number to be displayed). Otherwise, you can buy a 10-stamp book (carnet de timbre) or frank your letter at the postage vending machines, which are located on the right. Only coins accepted as far as I know. If you read a sign which says "Hors Service", it means the machine is out of service.
If you stay in the old town be warned. The streets are washed regularly, and at least my "home street" was washed every morning at 5 am. Add some shouting and loud shrieks of birds to this voice world, maybe at some point a churc bell or two. And if there is no air conditioning in your room your window will be open to the streets, just the shutters are closed... At least I woke up every morning with the washing.
On the other hand, it was rather nice to lie there in a gentle breeze from the window, listening to the town to wake up. In the afternoon or on the beach I took a nap because I did not want to miss the evenenings in the old town either.
And as I was awake, I also did some morning shopping for chokolate and raisins buns an some traditional bread for our breakfast!
Breakfast cannot be missed when you visit France.
Even if you usually do not eat in the morning, you cannot be indifferent in front of a croissant, pain au chocolat, torsade, etc.
A lot of bars have breakfast menus (for 4-5€) and, if the weather is nice, you can eat outside end enjoy the French atmosphere.
Everybody will tell you to eat Socca if you go to Nice.
It looks like a crèpe, but prepared with chickpea flour instead of wheat flour. It is a cheap food, but it cannot be considered as a meal.
Since I am not fond of chickpea, I didn't like it so much, the taste of chickpea is very strong.
Favorite thing: Outside The Negresco Hotel on the Promonade des Anglais is a statue of the Jazz musician Miles Davis. If you are walking on the sea side of the road it is well worth crossing over to see the multi coloured mosaic coat.
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!
In 1748 Nice according the Aahen contract passed to a king of Sardinia. In 1792 Nice came in the structure of France. Napoleon used city in the Italian campaigns. However with wreck of empire Nice passed to Italian Piedmont.
And only in 1860 under the contract between Napoleon III and Victor Emmanuil II Nice has finally passed to France in exchange for support of king of Sardinia in struggle against Austria. Then Nice blossoming as the world resort - the French Riviera has begun.
Later during Rome-gallic wars the Roman settlement - Simeiz was established there. In Middle Ages well-being of Nice was based on trading ways from Provence to Italian ports. Some time Nice was in a sphere of influence of Genoa. However by 1230 Nice passed to Provence. Then Provence and Naples were operated by Anju columns.
Then Savoy governors - Amadey VII have taken hold of coast, having taken advantage of contradictions between Provence and Naples. Within two centuries there was a war between Savoy and France for possession this district. In 1631 epidemic of a plague has completely become the city deserted.
According to the description of a historian Polibius, first settlements of ancient Greeks appeared on Azure Beach in VI century B.C. They represented military camps protected trading ways to Iberian peninsula from various wild tribes.
One of such a camp became subsequently Nickey - Nice. One of versions of such a name is dedication to the Greek goddess of victory Nica. However it is considered more probable the transformation on Greek a local ligurian name.
As of November 15, 2005 ....
Please be patient and watch
where you walk while all of
the construction is going on ....
The whole Place Massena is still
dug up for construction of the new
tramway system in Nice that was
started in February 2005 ....
Completion expected mid 2006
Fondest memory: Seeing the tramway system being installed has made us
want to return to Nice to see it when it is finished.
The focal point will be the pedestrianised Place Massena.
From there it will run directly north and east. Heading up
north, the whole of the shopping district of Jean Medecin
will also be pedestranised. It will continue up past the train
station all the way up to the Nice football stadium. Heading
east, it will will run down the also to be pedestrianised Jean
Jaures, skirting the Old Town, through the piazza of Place
Garibaldi and then onwards towards the extreme east of Nice
that the Mayor hopes to rejuvinate.
The estimated cost:
The tramway will cost 370 million euros, and has over 1,200
contruction workers engaged on the project at any one time.
Completion is expected mid 2006 ......
Holidays are important - they signal a much restricted service on public transport and closure of tourist attractions, or maybe a good time to be around for festival fireworks.
National Public holidays in France 2006 will be
1 January New Year's Day (Sunday)
16 April Easter (Sunday)
17 April Easter (Monday)
1 May Labour Day (Monday)
8 May Fete de la Victoire 1945 - WWII Victory Day (Monday)
25 May Ascension Day (Thursday)
4 June Pentecost (Sunday)
5 June The Pentecost Monday holiday was suspended in 2005. It has been suggested - but is unconfirmed - that it will be re-instated in 2006.
14 July Bastille Day - France's National holiday (Friday) Fireworks everywhere!
15 August Day of Assumption (Tuesday)
1 November All Saints' Day (Tuesday)
11 November Armistice Day 1918 (Saturday)
25 December Christmas Day (Monday)
Nice is the queen of the Cote D' Azur. It is the main spot of French Riviera.
It was founded by Greeks. It was named Nikaia. Then there was Romans, and it is French since 1860.
Fondest memory: There are nice old buildings, charming cafes, stores and lot of people :) Take a walk arround Place Masséna, explore the streets and old part of the ton with no traffic, full of little stores. Experience the spirit of Nice.
The secret of travel happiness is triangulation.
Transportation termini inwards and outwards, Accommodation location, things to see and do.
I have tried to put the bare bones together on one map, to enable you to judge the best fit. the fonts are not great at this size.
JL Martinetti is THE photographer of Nice. His awe-inspiring photo's really capture the colours of the Mediterranean and the style that makes Nice so uplifting. Framed or unframed, small and large, they come no better than this. His shop is in the centre of Vieux Nice, and stocks a huge selection in poster or postcard form.
Rue de la prefecture, off Vieux Nice and the Palais de Justice