The Cathedrale St. Nicolas
Favorite thing: The Cathedrale St. Nicolas is an architecturally beautiful Orthodox Russian cathedral located in the city. As we traveled through Nice we viewed it through the trees, so my pictures weren't the best. Happily, this postcard shows its true magnificence.
Here's some history of this structure: Russian nobility, as well as, visitors from the Imperial Court began arriving in the mid-19th century. When visiting Nice in 1864, Tsar Nicolas II was introduced to this large Russian community. Through this contact, he was moved to generously fund the construction of the Cathedrale St. Nicolas, the largest Russian Orthodox cathedral outside of Russia. It was inaugurated in December, 1912.
It's sad to read that a dispute has arisen concerning this beautiful structure. The first Russians settling in Nice say this cathedral belongs to the Orthodox Church of Constantinople, but more recent Russian transplants consider it to be under the authority of the Russian state.
There is a tug of war regarding who owns the property. The old Russian class of nobility regard the later arrivals as interlopers lacking in Christian values, not dressing modestly and more concerned about their newfound wealth.
There is also a concern that these new Russians may be involved in the mafia. Many believe that a religious building should NOT be under the control of a corrupt government. I hope a just decision is made regarding the overseeing of this cathedral, beloved by so many.
The cathedral is located off Blvd. Gambetta in Av. Nicolas II. Visitors are welcome.
- Historical Travel
So you think you're a real Nissart?
Favorite thing: Do you think you've spent enough time in Nice? Then all those sentences should apply to you.
If not, please come back (or create new questions as a pretext to come back)
Fondest memory: THE TOWN ITSELF
- You know what the Paillon is and where it flows
- You know what the Jetee Promenade was and where it was situated
- You've been to a Fete des Mai in Cimiez
- You know the colours of the traditional costume
- You've had a barbecue on the beach (yes, I know, it's probably illegal, now)
- You've tasted: socca, gnocchi, farcis, tourta de blea, pissaladiere and a few other specialities
- You know that Monaco is a town but also a drink. What colour?
- You've been to Fenocchio and tasted weird ice-cream flavours (basil, smurf,...)
THE WAY YOU SAY IT
- You say "La Prom'" and not "La Promenade des Anglais"
- You say "le cours" and not "le cours Saleya"
- You say "le Vieux" and not "le vieux Nice"
- You say "Jean Med'" and not "L'avenue Jean Medecin"
- You can walk barefoot on hot pebbles
- But you'd rather go to Villefranche or Antibes for sandy beaches
- You know the meaning of the phrase "Que cagnard"
- You know who Catherine Segurane is
- You know who Mado la Nicoise is
- You've seen Leon (the mad guy with a guitar asking for cigarettes), punk, the dancer dressed like Michael Jackson, and the Vietnamese guy who sings in two voices
Favorite thing: Le Pitchoun is a free guide about the shops, bars, hairdressing salons, restaurants,...on the Riviera and more particularly in Nice.
You'll usually find it in public places, sometimes you'll see the volunteer students who create it distribute it in the streets, and if you can't find any (and you speak French), you'll find most of the infos online.
I think it is very useful and honest (the volunteers act as mystery shoppers to test the places) and if you've got the paper version, you also get a card that can get you some deductions or bonuses.
Fondest memory: http://www.pitchoun.com/
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Listening to the news in English
Favorite thing: Tune in to Riviera Radio. FM 106.3 in Monaco and around FM 106.5 closer to Cannes.
They play normal pop or rock music and hold programs and both foreign and French news in English.
You'll find a lot of info about clubs and events for non-French (speaking) residents on their website.
Where to see foreign movies?
Favorite thing: 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!
- Arts and Culture
Favorite thing: 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.
Early wake up in old town
Favorite thing: 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!
Favorite thing: 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.
Favorite thing: 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.
- Budget Travel
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.
Nice - History (finished)
Favorite thing: 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!
- Historical Travel
Nice - Histiry (continued)
Favorite thing: 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.
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Nice - History (cont)
Favorite thing: 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.
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Nice - History
Favorite thing: 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.
- Historical Travel
Place Massena Tramway
Favorite thing: .
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 ......