At least, it was a Nice tourist trap.
By Cours Saleya in Vieux Nice, there are several cafes and brasseries to choose from, all of them overpriced. I had lunch here for only one reason--this was one of the few spots where I could thaw under the winter sun.
Unique Suggestions: At 1 pm, when the market closes, so do most of the eateries. If you want to find some variety (in food and prices), come earlier.
Fun Alternatives: Have lunch outside of Vieux Nice, say Place Massena or the main avenue of Nice? Since only tourists go to Vieux Nice, everything is priced for tourists. Downtown, where the locals eat, is a safer bet.
Thinking of driving to Nice? - You'll pay LARGE
There are several parking garages or parking areas in Nice. BUT.. be prepared to pay quite a bit!!
We stayed just over an 1 hr and payed just over 4 Euros at the under ground garage at Cours Saleya!!
Fun Alternatives: If you are tight for cash, try to use the public transportation instead of spending a good portion of the time searching for parking!
Dining out in the Cours
The restaurants in the Cours Saleya provide a attractive atmosphere and picturesque setting but for generally very average food thats a little on the pricey side. Do it once if you must.
Unique Suggestions: Make the most of that atmosphere, sit outside rather than in , enjoy the wonderful sight of the Chateau all lit up and the vibrant setting. You won't mind being a tourist here.
Fun Alternatives: Check out the retaurant tips of other VT members, explore, be adventurous.
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Old town Nice.....you will loose money just by going through those narrow lovely gorgeos streets of the old town.
In the summer time (july) there are sales all over, especially the leather (cuir) departments.
Handle the prices......you might get them even better then they already are. The problem is that it's so hot that to try leather clothes, could be a little bit problematic...but it's worth.
Unique Suggestions: What to do not to fall into this trap.....just simply avoid going there.
Fun Alternatives: Here I spent some EURO.....but it was 50% off.
TEXAS CITY, specialist in leather clothes (super dooper)
9, rue de la Boucherie - Vieux Nice
Tel. 04 93 62 55 10
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Confiserie Florian isn't a sweet factory
They say they are a sweet factory but they actually only sell their gourmandises which are made somewhere else.
ADDRESS: Confiserie Florian du Vieux Nice,
14, Quai Papacino (just across the harbor)
06 300 Nice
Tél : 00 33 (0)4 93 55 43 50
Unique Suggestions: Drool!!!!!!
Fun Alternatives: I'm not a big fan of sweet, so I'd rather recommend you to go eat some Socca.
Like in the USA, tap water (eau de robinet, eau plate) is free but AVOID drinking it in restaurants, the water has a strong taste of Javel (bleach, I guess that's the word in English)and you may also find strange "things" floating in the water.
WATCH OUT YOUR STEP when walking while in Nice, 99% of sidewalks have dog crap.
BE VERY CAREFUL when crossing streets, local drivers don't pay much attention to pedestrians (and vice-versa!).
Unique Suggestions: "Always look on the bright side of life..."
High prices near the beaches
Vendors that sell beach towels, mats and umbrellas near the beach are always hiking up prices (30 euros for a towel)
Fun Alternatives: Walk a few blocks away from the beach buy your towels and even your lunch there before heading to the beach.
The 'Corniches'When we went...
When we went to the Cote d'Azur for the first time, we decided to drive along the famous corniches...
Please don't do that! You will stand in endless traffic jams with lots of icecream sellers try to sell their stuff for horrid prices...
Don't give money to strangers,...
Don't give money to strangers, no matter how elaborate their story be on how they lost all of theirs and why they need some. Although you may feel like a good samaritan, don't waste your money on panhandelers.
Okay, for those of you...
Okay, for those of you americans who have been to Vegas and know a casino when you see one. Monte Carlo's casino is NOT Vegas. You will be extremely disappointed. There are only a handful of games for us, normal people and they are not the SAME games. The beautiful people are in the back or in closed rooms placing the big bets.
I think it was something like $15 fee to get in - maybe. I can't remember if it was there or Malta's casino. But again, all European casinos are dramatically different than their U.S. counterparts and if Vegas is what you're looking for - don't waste your time, unless you just want to say that you've been there - but DRESS UP!!! (I'm talking long gowns and evening wear are appropriate.
Be forewarned about the...
Be forewarned about the private sections of the beach. On our first day we had lunch at the Lido Plage and then moved on to their sun loungers where we received waiter service for drinks all afternoon. Being a little stupid we didn't realise that it's only free to use them if you eat in their restaurant first, so when we returned the next day thinking 'why lay on the stones when you get a luxury sunlounger for free?' we were quite shocked to be charged 60F for the privelege!! Needless to say, being on a budget, we never returned! Great if you can afford it!
many thousands people,often...
many thousands people,often without identity card ,work as'thieves'.They are just here to steal your money and they will succeed!remember me;especially on the beach;do not complain to the police,because the police in france is only interested in looking for pornographic sites on internet(less dangerous also)
In CANNES: BEWARE OF...
In CANNES: BEWARE OF OVERPRICED CAFES! Noticed the string of expensive looking cafes behind me? NEVER eat at these OVERPRICED cafes - found just across the street/ building from where the CANNES FILM FESTIVAL is held every May. We had breakfast here one morning consisting of 2 cups of coffee and 2 portions of ham & cheese on French loaf. What the chef did was (literally) - taking out a slice of cheese and ham from the fridge and slapped it on a piece of French loaf (not even made warm!).... and served us just like that. How unoriginal. The cost of this expensive and insipid breakfast? 100 FF! (Gulp). My friend was sooooo upset with me for suggesting to eat here. :-( Me?? I'm just soooo thankful that he didn't throw me into the Mediterranean sea!! Oh well. I learn. I learn.
Going to Cannes. The theatre...
Going to Cannes. The theatre is smaller than on TV and its a traffic nightmare around there. We liked the beach front promende however although if I wanted to pay to go to a beach I might have stayed in Nice but for the stars they have sand here as opposed to Nice which is more rocky.
Petit train touristique
If you want to look really really naff, hop on board the petit train touristique.
Unique Suggestions: You'll see nothing that you wouldn't be better off seeing on foot.
Fun Alternatives: Be more ambitious and take the Grand bus tour.
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