Sometimes, it rains in Nice....
Luggage and bags: As little as possible - preferrably fly with hand luggage only. If there is anything you need, remember, there is nothing more exciting as shopping in a different country. Clothes here are really cheap. Add a little style by dressing local. Your only problem will be people coming up to you asking for directions - in French!
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: It does rain here sometimes, especially November but even at the best of times, so some defence against rain can be useful. A very small and portable umbrella does the trick.
Bear in mind if you fancy a flutter, the grand casinos won't let you in looking like a beach bum. Shirt and tie for the gentlemen.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Warning: the French believe in suppositories as the main method of administering drugs. And likewise when taking their temperature. Putting a thermometer in your mouth will get you pained looks - they know where any previous user most likely put it.
Photo Equipment: A tripod! The beauty of cities by night requires a stable foundation for your camera, even if its only a lightweight tabletop stand.
Why not push out the boat and go for a next generation Manfrotto carbon-fibre full height tripod. They are fantastic. Negligible weight to carry but with total stability. Ferociously expensive, but your camera will love you for it. and you will love the results!
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: Don't. This is not a campsite.
Miscellaneous: Michel Thomas French Language Course.
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The Mountain region gives some unsteady weather
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Good pair of walking shoes to explore the city!
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Make sure you always have some change available if you plan on using a public WC!!!!
I found that even though some places charge to use their facilities.. ladies and gents carry some "kleenex" some locations don't offer toilet paper!!!!!
Photo Equipment: A great camera to capture the wonderful views!
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: A blanket or towel is good to have if you decide to cool off by taking a dip in the sea!
order free guide books in advance
Miscellaneous: At the Nice Tourist Board website, you can request maps and various guides about Nice that will be sent to your home address so that you can plan out your trip in advance and therefore save a bit of time.
The various brochures are slim and light-weight and easier to carry than a guide book. There are guides to restaurants, museums, places to stay and an excellent 'Practical Guide' brochure and a good map. The web reference won't take you straight to the on-line order from so you will have to hunt on their website to find the correct page.
The pathway is:-
'Practical Guide' >>
Contact us >>
You can of course just pop in to any of the Tourist Offices when you get to Nice but you must ask for the specific brochures as they are kept hidden behind the counters and are not automatically offered! If you order on line in advance, they usually come very quickly, say within a week - although, I should play safe and allow a couple of weeks.
- Study Abroad
- Family Travel
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more free brochures...
Miscellaneous: I have found another website about Nice that will send out free brochures on museums, hotels, restaurants etc to your home.
I have ordered some so I will let you know if and when anything turns up! They came today, so less than a week.
Click here to go straight to the form. You can find this website and other links to sites about Nice on the Practical Guide page in my own website about Nice.
- Budget Travel
- Study Abroad
Take some comfortable shoes!
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Take comfortable shoes for walking, you will probably do quite alot. I ended up with blisters, even though I thought I had comfortable shoes on. (Blister plasters are also useful). This is due to a combimation of no socks, heat and alot of cobbled streets.
Also an absolute necessity, are beach/water shoes, as the pebbles can be very hard on the feet.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Sun cream.
Beach shoes for the pebbles.
Plasters for blisters
and a large 1960's sun hat for the pose!
Red lipstick and some ever so cool shades (preferably Chanel) are also essential, with a large floppy sunhat.
or even a silk slip and a ciggarette holder? ; )
Photo Equipment: Take lots of film, things to photograph at every turn.
- Women's Travel
- Romantic Travel and Honeymoons
Miscellaneous: NICE and its area are undoubtedly the place for
the opening up of art and culture.
The Côte d'Azur has inspired,
from time immemorial, the greatest painters,
writers and musicians. It has compelled recognition of its
avant-garde across the
Atlantic, its museums are holding prestigious collections
in edifices of renowned architecture.
Chic and smart!
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Bring good walking-shoes. I wore a pedimeter for a few days, and at the end of the day it showed between 20 000 and 30 000 steps! That's a lot of walking! And if you have new shoes, bring band-aid in case of blisters.
I found the weather a bit unpredictable, sometimes the sun was burning and there was a clear blue sky, it could change pretty fast into cloudy sky and a chilly breeze.. and rain! So layered clothing is the best option, and a bag.. to stuff your jacket into when it gets hot, carry an extra sweater, umbrella, sun lotion etc.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Sun lotion - the sun is quite strong.
Photo Equipment: I had my digital camera, nothing too fancy, and it covered all of my needs.
Adaptor for electric plugs
Miscellaneous: If you're coming from UK or the ex-colonies, an adaptor to fit your typically three-pin plugs to the European standard of two-pin sockets are absolutely necessary. Unless of course, you want to undo your electronic leash by not being able to charge your mobile!
Sun protection and special beach items
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: The Cote d'Azur is of course famous for it's micro climat of warm winters and warm summers. Still, sunshine can be very bright, therefore bring sunglasses or a head (cap). As you are in France, make sure it's fashionate (-:
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: For the long beach allong Baie des Anglais one needs slippers of some kind. The beach has some artificial sand spots (for children to play in), but consists of smal rounded boulders. Besides often heated by the sun, definately not comfortable to walk on barefoot.
Luggage and bags: Suitcase or backpack (more handy when you go tracking or camping).
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Dress lightly from may till the end of august. It can be very hot here. 35 degrees Celcius is normal here. Bring alone a good set of walking shoes and some slippers too.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Mosquitobites are easy to get here, so bring along some anti-mosquitocream or spray. Also bring along strong suncream or else you will get sunburnt.
Photo Equipment: Film and development is available here. The quality is good.
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: Camping is possible. See the accomodationtips on this page.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: swimsuit,towel, some kind of sandal for the beach( there are lots of pebbles!),sunglasses
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: sunscreen
Miscellaneous: a magazine or a good book to read on the beach
Luggage and bags: I wouldn't get too carried away. Just dress like you would on a summer beach holiday in the States.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: I went in summer, so I wore a lot of short pants and t-shirts.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: The standard gear.
Photo Equipment: 35mm. camera. Buy your film at home- it's cheaper that way.
Luggage and bags: fancy dresses but also beach dresses.It's a town, so don't walk around as on a beach!
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Resort
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: There is everything....
Miscellaneous: It's really great even in january BUt in the summertime is humid and hot like in milan, so better to go there in the springtime. Soending there july or august is really a waste of money, for me.
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: If you plan on going in the sea, if I were you I'd bring a cheap pair of rubber sandals that you can wear on the pebbles as you go down to the water.
Miscellaneous: I personally pack very light when going to Nice. The Shopping is so good here, that most afternoons I spend in and out of the stores, oftentimes purchasing the cute little outfit I plan to wear out that same evening. This way when you go to pack for your return, you don't have to worry about making room for too much clothes.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Before you leave on a trip (no matter how long you'll be away), do list the complete contents in your luggage (that's EVERYTHING... including your make-up, books and medications). If you can, try and Carry a photo of your suitcase as well as a description of it (i.e. make, type, etc.). Should your bag be lost or stolen, you'll have everything you need with you in order to expedite a claim.
My rule of thumb is to take enough clothes for one week OR for the length of the trip PLUS two days, whichever is shorter.
Try to take different colors of shirts/blouses; mixing and matching might fool people into thinking you brought more clothes than you did. That's the whole idea, isn't it?
If you are going on an extended trip, pick one color and stick with it... like say black. If you are part of the Generation X (ahem!).... REJOICE!
Why? Because black travels very well. You can get ketchup stains all over
your black jeans or coffee stains on your black t-shirt... and nobody will ever notice! Just make sure they don't stand too close to you to catch a whiff of the... er... Well, I'm sure you know what I mean! :-))
And lastly, I've learnt from my well-traveled and well-heeled buddies/ colleagues over the years to ALWAYS roll your clothes when packing.... and you'd never have to worry about ironing again when you reach your destination!
But how do the clothes stay rolled up, you wonder?
Here's another trick I've picked up: Just cut off the legs of old panty hose. Put your hand inside one of the cut-off legs, grab that rolled up t-shirt and pull it through. And, Voila! My things stay rolled up like assorted sausages....
Photo Equipment: I ALWAYS, ALWAYS bring along at least 2 camaras with me... just in case one breaks down. My friends used to laugh at me.... until their one and only camera broke down. When when they have to RELY SOLELY on me and my amateurish photographic skills, they stopped laughing. Yes, immediately. Serve them right! :-))
Miscellaneous: If you are going to do lots of walking and sightseeing, do remember to put the following items into your tote bag or backpack: Maps and perhaps a French phrase book, your all-important Guidebook, water bottle, sunglasses.... etc.
DON'T forget to bring along your much-treasured ATM card to withdraw cash. Yes, no need to rush to the
money-changers to change all your money into French Francs before your trip.
And DON'T use your Visa or Mastercard to withdraw cash. This is considered a CASH ADVANCE and you'd be slapped with a HEFTY fee whereas if you were to use YOUR own ATM card, you will NOT be charged for any fees.
In fact, you WILL benefit and enjoy from the low interbank exchange rates. Trust me (I used to work for an American bank).
Just ensure that you adhere to the following steps:
(1) Flip to the back of your local ATM card, do you see the logos 'Cirrus', 'Plus', 'The
Exchange' etc. on it?
(2) If the answer is 'yes', then you have absolutely nothing to worry about!
(3) Why? Because you can withdraw cash from any ATM machines in France and Monaco, no matter how obscure the town you're at is.
(4) If you use this method, you'd also save alot from the interbank exchange rates. Money changers will charge you much, much more compared to a bank.
I've been using this method countless of times before and so far, no ATM machines in this world have failed me.... yet. Yes, even in the remotest village of Africa!
Have a great trip!
Photo Below: Antibes again... A lovely, lovely town.
'There is nothing like returning to a place that remains unchanged to find the ways in which you yourself have altered.' - Nelson Mandela