Favorite thing: Large shops are usually open from Monday to Saturdays from 10 AM to about 7h30 PM and do not close at lunchtime (Galeries Lafayette opens from 9 AM to 8 PM , Virgin Megastore from 9h30 AM to 8 PM and Fnac from 10 AM to 8 PM. Nice Etoile mall from 10 AM to 7h30 PM) .
Supermarkets open around 8h30 - 9h00 AM, (smaller mini-markets closes between 1 PM-3 PM) and close around 8 PM.
Some small shops closes on Mondays.
Most shops and supermarkets close all day Sunday, but you might find a few around the "Zone Piétonne (Rue Masséna)" and Vieux-Nice (old town).
Best shopping streets:
- Avenue Jean Medécin: H& M, Etam, Levi's, Armand Thierry, Marionnaud Parfumerie, Monoprix, Shopping mall Nice Etoile, Zara, Virgin Megastore, Sephora Parfumerie, Galeries Lafayette, etc.
- "Zone Piétonne"(around Rue Masséna): Many shops, restaurants and cafés. Most open on Sunday as well.
- Avenue de Verdun: designer shops, such as Hermès, Cartier, etc.
- Rue de la Liberté: Ikks, Guess, Jacadi, Elena Miro
- Rue Longchamp / Rue Alphonse Karr: shoe shops and trendy clothing.
List of supermarkets/shops usually open on Sundays mornings (usually from 9 AM to 1 PM):
Intermarché (close to Negresco Hotel)
Address: 7-9 Boulevard Gambetta (Map)
(they also have another entrance on 8-10 Rue Saint Philipe)
Intermarché Express (close to Pedestrian area - Place Grimaldi)
Address: 8 Rue Grimaldi
Spar (near Pedestrian area - it's usually open on Sunday afternoons - I'm not sure if they also open in the mornings)
Address: 2 Rue Maccarani (Map)
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Lunch and dinner times
Favorite thing: Restaurants are usually open at midday and some places might serve lunch only until 1h30 PM. And for dinner, they are usually open around 7h30 PM and close around 10h30 PM. Lunch or dinner is not usually THAT expensive, but the prices of beverages are sometimes absurd. A small bottle of Coca-cola is around 3 to 4 Euros in a restaurant. Tap water (carafe d'eau) is always free.
Faculté des Lettres
Fondest memory: The main reason I came ro Nice was to study French. At 7.00 every morning, my travel alarm would ring and by 8.00, I would reluctantly go to the Restaurant du Fac (dining hall for my friends in Roxboro) to have breakfast. The good news is, they couldn't mess up bread and jam (although the coffee tasted as though brewed in a sock maybe Starbuck's?). Class started at 8.30. The first class on grammar was taught by a kindly middle-aged lady named Madame Perrin. That class lasted until about 10.00. There was a 30-minute break and from 10.30 to noon, there was an Oral French class taught by Mr. Chebaa (a Frenchman of Moroccan descent). One thing we did was a coutroom skit and I was chosen to play the judge. After noon, it was a totally free day. Many folks took lunch at the dining hall (I did sometimes, but most days I wanted to live to my next birthday). After that, I would oftentimes go to the beach, visit the shops, and arrange for train reservations for weekend travels. When the grades came back (the French grade on 20), I earned a 19 in Mme Perrin's class and an 18 in Monsieur Chebaa's. I would do similarly in Madrid a year later.
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.
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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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Photos of streets or façades
Favorite thing: If you have an address and you are curious about what it really looks like, try this site:
Ville = city
Rue = street name
Rechercher = search
Some people might be surprised that those beautiful hotel faýades photos on the net are a bit older than reality after checking the site above.
Advanced Nice: the quartiers
Favorite thing: Not for beginners, the principal residential areas of the city of Nice. Essential knowledge for Estate Agents and property seekers, affordable longer term rentals.
Heart of Nice - Centre and Liberation - Musiciens, Vieux Nice
Est - Mont Boron and the Port
Ouest - Magnan and Fabron.
Up and coming but mixed: Riquier and St Roch
Cheap but too far out: Californie
Avoid at all costs: Ariane
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 (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!
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The Victorine Studios - mythical site for cinena
Favorite thing: France's largest studio complex outside Paris, the VICTORINE STUDIOS (renamed Riviera studios), created in 1917-1919, offer among other things over 18 acres, 5500 sq.meters of fully equipped stages (from 300 to 1200 m2), workshop, 40 production offices, wardrobe facilities, Make up rooms, projection rooms, fully equipped cutting rooms (16mm, super 16, 35mm, video), garden and back lot, swimming pool, exterior tank, photo laboratory and image transmission facilities (satellite and ISDN).
ADDRESS: 16 Avenue Edouard Grinda, 06200 NICE.
Fountaine du Soleil
Favorite thing: The center of Nice is from the big fountain, Fountaine du Soleil, across the Place Massena, ringed by bright pastel buildings, and up the Avenue Jean Médecin. Continuing beneath the railway overpass beside the train station, Ave Jean Médecin becomes Ave Malaussena. The Rue de France pedestrian shopping street runs from the end of the Place Massena, roughly parallel to the seaside. This area is full of shops, including some exclusive clothing boutiques, and restaurants and cafés with outdoor terraces - a great place to sit and watch the world go by, while you eat or drink.
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Village de Noël - Christmas Village
Favorite thing: You will only see this Christmas Village with ice-rink, food stands, etc at Place Masséna in December.
What's the fun here? Ice-skating (even though I didn't try it) with other kids, or eat gauffres (waffles, 2, 50 Euros), crêpes (2 Euros), barbapapa (cotton-candy), churros (10 = 3 Euros, 10 + Nutella = 3, 50 Euros), popcorn, etc...
Address: Place Massena (when? At the end of December).
Fondest memory: Seeing my hubby eating his gauffre... It was hilarious!!!
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Doing Laundry in Nice
Favorite thing: Definitely not my fave thing, but without a washing-machine, it's hard to wash heavy clothing/sheets.
Unfortunately my washing-machine broke (fixing it would be as expensive as a new one) and having no money to buy a new one, I had to use the nearest laundromat. Luckily, this one is clean enough. It's a small place with only 6 washing machines (one of 16 1/2 kg , three of 7 1/2 kg and two of 7 kg) and 4 dryers, so come early to avoid crowds.
You can use coins and/or bills to use the machines. The owner is usually in the afternoon, so he may change your money if he's there. Otherwise, your best bet is going to the nearest grocery store or La Poste (coin changer). For prices, check my main picture.
1) Load the drum with your clothes
2) Put the washing powder (if you didn't bring yours, you can buy there [see 2nd pic] and don't forget to use the cup for that)/softener in their respective compartiment (there are instructions on the wall in 3 languages: French, English and German). Close it.
3) Shut the washing machine door and choose the temperature program.
4) Check the number of your washing machine (number in green on the top right side)
5) Go to the payment machine (see main picture).
6) Insert coins slowly (always check the credit panel) and then click on the number of your washing machine (don't worry, this machine gives the change).
Washing at 40 °C usually takes about 30 mn.
The tricky part is using the dryer (only 10 mn). You'll need it more than once to get your clothes dried.
If you have a lot of clothes, it would be nice to have a basket (to remove your clothes from the washing machine to the dryer) or you will wet the whole place.
UPDATE: Bills are now accepted, but be careful to get your change. Insert your bill in the machine, choose the correct machine number (washing machine or dryer) and where you insert coins, push the button on the left side and you'll get your change in coins. When I went there to use a dryer, the payment machine wouldn't recognize my coins (whenever you insert coins/bills, the amount will be displayed on the credit panel on the top right), so when I pushed the coin button to have my money back, I had more than expected. Someone forgot to get his/her change and there was an extra 1€ among my coins...
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Accomodation areas choices
Favorite thing: First of all, do you have a car? If you do, choose a place that offers a parking space, otherwise you will spend a considerable time trying to find a parking spot. Things get almost impossible during Carnival, summer, school holidays...
Airport area: if you have an early flight, that's your best option. Otherwise, avoid staying here because it's a bit far from the city center (around 2,5 km) and public transportation at night is almost non-existent.
Train station area: Many budget hotels around and it's very dodgy looking. During the day, it's okay but solo female travellers should avoid this area at night.
Vieux-Nice (old town): If nightlife is important to you, that's the right place. Also if you like to stay close to shops, restaurants, bars, pubs, art galleries, etc... Forget staying here if you have a car, except if there's a parking space included with your accomodation. Also if you are a light sleeper, well, make extra sure windows are triple-glazed and that the place is far from pubs, bars...
Masséna area and Carré d'Or: In my opinion, they are best places to stay because it's the most central areas in Nice - close to everything (banks, shops, Vieux-Nice, beach, easy transportation access). Carré d'Or: It's the area from Le Negresco Hotel until Avenue Jean Médécin. You'll be surrounded by many hotels (all the 5-star hotels in Nice are in this area), restaurants (most real Japanese restaurants are here) and of course, shops/supermarkets and the sea.
Harbor area: Close to the sea, Vieux-Nice, boats, le Château and antiques shops.
Acropolis area: only if you are in Nice for a meeting/congress or exhibiton at Acropolis, but now with the tram, Place Massena (Massena Square) is only 5 minutes away.
Cimiez: It's a residential area. Only choose here if you want to stay in a quiet area and if you have a car because buses aren't that frequent here.
Youth hostels: So far there are three, one is located in Mont-Boron (close to Villefranche-sur-mer), one is in the city center and another in Cimiez (see my Nice intro page).
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Favorite thing: If you are a big fan of oysters, then you are in the right place! Look around, choose a restaurant and enjoy your oysters!
Not a fan of oysters, but a big fan of movies in original version? There's a small movie theater here called le Mercury (for more info, please visit http://www.allocine.fr/seance/salle_gen_csalle=P0608.html).
ADDRESS: Place Garibaldi is close to the harbor of Nice.
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