Nice Local Customs

  • Rene Socca
    Rene Socca
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  • Looks all set for a picnic, doesn’t he?
    Looks all set for a picnic, doesn’t he?
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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. 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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  • 4. Local Music

    Listen to: Dum Dum Boys: if you like electro rock/indie-punk, I can highly recommend their album "Electronic Pop Music Created by...". Curl: if you like trip-hop/new wave... Not really my cup of...

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  • 5. 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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  • 6. 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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  • 7. 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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  • 8. 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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  • 9. Tourist Office.

    If you arrive directly to Nice by tarin, you are a lucky traveler. The tourist office is at the train station and they are very helpful there and will give you...

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  • 10. 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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  • 11. 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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  • 12. 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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  • 13. 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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  • 14. 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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  • 15. 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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  • 16. 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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  • 17. 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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  • 18. 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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  • 19. 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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  • 20. 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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  • 21. Place Massena: tecktonik dance mecca

    If you go to Place Massena on weekends, you will hordes of teens dressed in tight jeans and t-shirts (like the new-rave scene in the UK) - the boys with the...

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  • 22. When to Visit

    The biggest crowds in Nice are during the months of July and August when it might appear that all of Europe as well as half the rest of the world is visiting...

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  • 23. Money

    Banks and exchange bureaux give better exchange rates for traveller's cheques than for cash; Banque de France offers the best rates in the country. France's...

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  • 24. Driving

    Drivers in France are likely to ignore the posted speed limits and exceed them. They drive on the right in France and you must give way to drivers coming from...

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  • 25. Swimming

    The surface temperature of the water along the Côte d'Azur differs depending on the amount of sunshine it receives. In winter it can be from 16C and in summer...

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