Nice Local Customs

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  • 1. Local Food

    If you like pancakes, crêpes, you HAVE TO EAT SOCCA (Note: this is salty). Socca is a sort of pancake made from chick-pea flour and on a large round (50-70 cm diameter) copper "pie tin" (plaque) and...

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  • 2. Topless Sunbathing

    Topless sunbathing is permitted on the beaches of the Cote d'Azur. You'll see a mix of women with their tops on or off as you enjoy the beaches. The lesson to be learned is not to stare like a...

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  • 3. Siesta

    The French love protesting. The tradition goes back to the French Revolution - when the monarchy was overthrown and a lot of people had their heads separated from the rest of them. If its American...

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  • 4. Pétanque

    Stroll down the Prom as far as the eye can see - shortly before the airport, and at the furthest end of the bay locals from the poorer end of Nice will be out playing petanque, or "boules". Its a...

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  • 5. Local Music

    This musician has become part and parcel of Nice and its Massena square, always draped in a cloak, with a Venetian mask covering his face, his guitar filling the night with quiet musique, a good...

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  • 6. Flying the flag

    You can see the Russian tricolor nearly at every beach stand, public or private.Last time I was in Nice there was a lot of Russian speech to hear on the...

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  • 7. Heritage Days

    JOURNÉES DU PATRIMOINE - Local Heritage Days - are really a very good thing, especially for a tourist on a budget. You can visit places that are normally closed...

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  • 8. Nice accessibility

    They are certainly doing a very good job for wheel-chairs.At my first visit here I saw none at all, but now I saw three in just one day, with the smooth new...

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  • 9. New Nice Fountains

    Well, it could be worse, of course...At last I could see this triumph of creativeness:The fountains actually function as fountains once in an hour, as far as I...

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  • 10. Old Nice Fountains

    I am sure the new ‘evaporating’ fountains are a real triumph of technology. Economical, too – monsieur the Mayor has not been the minister of industry for...

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  • 11. Toujours en grève

    What I like the French for is that they are always ready to stand up for their rights.There was not a single time I was in Nice when I had not seen a rally for...

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  • 12. Endorsed motorbikes

    I always wondered how such a posh city as Nice puts up with such un-posh phenomenon as gnarling, sibilant, life-threatening motorbikes.Eureka - the veteran Nice...

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  • 13. Natural call while in Nice?

    Wanna spare 0.50€? Go to "Quick" (Belgian version of McDonald's). There is one at 41, Avenue Jean Medecin and another one on the Pedestrian zone (on the corner...

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  • 14. About Restaurants

    Our generic experience in those two weeks at nice was: NEVER go to the same restaurant twice!Why: It could be that you were very satisfied the first time. You...

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  • 15. 1st May - La Fête du Muguet

    The 1st May is not only the Labour Day (with no labour, as it’s a day-off).There is a very popular tradition of La Fête du Muguet in France. Everyone around is...

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  • 16. Fancy cars on Promenade des Anglais

    Jean Behra historic rally has been held regularly for 14 years.The event is reserved to 30 years old -or more- classic cars. Imagine these rarities to cover 700...

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  • 17. Pompiers en grêve

    You would expect uniformed people to take care of those up to public mischief? No, in France they are often the ones on the rally.Firefighters protest against...

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  • 18. Baywatch

    Half a million years ago history tells us the earliest forms of life crawled out of the sea.(Apolgies to any "creationists", as they say, "on which day did He...

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  • 19. First of May

    First of May is Labour Day, which as is often the case means the opposite of what it says - It means NO labour day. Irrespective of what it says on bus...

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  • 20. Why shopkeepers are suspicious of you

    When entering a shop in France you will often be greeted cheerily, but thereafter eyed with suspicion. Are you going to try and steal in my shop? Napoleon...

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  • 21. It's twelve o'clock...BOOM!

    You may have noticed, if you've been near the Vieux-Nice around lunch time, that there's an explosion at noon, from the Chateau Hill.DO NOT panic! It all goes...

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  • 22. The Place Massena fountain

    You need to know that this fountain (or absence of) has created a lot of debate lately.When I was a kid, of course the tramway was not there, and the fountain...

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  • 23. Talking

    The French love conversation. Everywhere you look you will see people in conversation, especially when dining out on lettuce leaf in an alfresco setting....

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  • 24. Little dogs - very South of France

    You will quickly come to notice the Nicois take their little dogs seriously. In some countries the pet is just another member of the family. Here, it is the...

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  • 25. Charming the ladies, with your chapeau to hand

    Nice is much favoured by French ladies of a certain age who still have some oomph in them, and appreciate the better things in life. Like a man with panache...

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