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  • Vieux Nice - Old Town

    If you like to walk it is a good idea to start at the Promenade des Anglais and walk all the way to the old city and harbour of Nice where you'll find plenty of cosy restaurants and small winding streets. After that you can very well continue your walk on the eastern side of the harbour towards the coastal paths by the sea. Just lovely !.... and...

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  • Beach

    You must wear Jellies ! The stony beaches can hurt and be hot in the summer so wear the right thing on the beach. If you don't like the look of the person next to you then move away some were else. I have been coming to Nice since 2001 and its a wonderful place. There has been some trouble in the Cours Saleya area but its become a big drinking...

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  • Promenade des Anglais

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Hello, This is going to be my first review on VirtualTourist but I am going to make this a short one, just to get a review up, for now. On the 8th of November 2014 I headed over to Nice, France for just a night (due to me having to be at work the day after I return home) but anyway, I had around 5/6 hours to explore Nice as much as I could and...

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  • Bocaccio

    4 out of 5 stars

    Have been here twice. Good food, waitstaff is friendly and professional. Food is fresh and tasty. Only one thing: the portions are huge, literary huge. I know it depends on how much a person eats and how hungry we are, but for me (who is little eater) and my husband (who eats normally to general standards) it was a lot. One main course for two of...

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  • Le Café de Turin

    4 out of 5 stars

    In Finland we eat a lot of fish but very little other "water animals". So, as one of my friend who usually does not eat even much fish promised to try sea food, we chose Cafe de Turin's back room table instead of the rather crowded terrasse (as the room was almost empty at 7pm and we did not want to embarras any other restaurant guests). The...

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  • Nissa Soca

    3.5 out of 5 stars

    My girlfriend and I ate at Nissa Socca one evening during our visit to Nice in May 2009. This local speciality restaurant is located on the narrow Rue de Sainte-Reparate in Vieux Nice, just a few metres from the Cours Saleya marketplace. There are a dozen or so small tables located out front on the street, and every night when we passed by it was...

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Nice Nightlife

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  • Concert venue

    Despite living in Nice for the past decade, I've never gotten a chance to go to a concert inside Palais Nikaia. This venue can hold up to 9,000 people depending on the event.If you want to get a nice spot, please arrive early. I arrived a little bit past 8 PM (the main attraction started playing at 9 PM) and the place was already almost full. I'm...

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  • A Night to remember

    So my friends and I were visiting Nice for a couple days, and we were looking for a place for lunch. We were walking around a very touristic area named "Zone pietonne", which is basically a pedestrian area full of really nice shops and restaurant. Now, the problem with touristic areas on the French Riviera is that all they give you to eat are...

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  • Metal / Rock bar

    Metal / rock bar that holds metal nights, goth parties, band promotion evenings.The atmosphere is dark and gloomy, very sophisticated. The posters on the wall change with the theme of each night.The bar is divided into two rooms. Some tables are situated in alcoves and can accommodate several party-goers (8 or 10 people together - you also have...

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Nice Transportation

  • AIRPORT TO NICE CENTER

    BUS LINE: 23 - Saint MauriceDeparts from: Terminal 1 - quai 6RATES SOLO Voyage (One-way single trip): 1,50 EuroTotal trip time: Around 45 minutes depending on the traffic.SCHEDULEFrom Monday to Friday : Every 12 mn from 06.00 to 20.50Saturday : Every 14 mn from 06.30 to 20.50Sunday and holidays : Every 17 mn from 06.59 to 19.55Check the bus map...

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  • Vélo Bleu (self-service bicycle rental)

    This kind of service isn't recommended for long rides. If you want to rent one bicycle for longer trips, try a proper bicycle rental place.In the spirit of Paris-Nice ciclying race, my husband and I decided to try out renting the Vélo Bleu. It's easier renting them than before, because now you'll find a terminal machine for credit cards in a few...

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  • Train des Merveilles

    I've got to edit this tip because we may have seen the last of those mountain trains. I suspected something goes wrong when they gave me an amateur-looking sheet of paper with the timetable at the Tourist Office in Nice, as no normal little booklet was available at the station.But when I got to Vintimiglia in a completely different matter, I got to...

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Nice Shopping

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  • Galeries Lafayette

    The famous Galeries Fayayette but seems things are less expensive thant GL in Paris. You will find almost everything for gifts and your own use. women and men clothes. Gifts As much as you can afford but things are not too cheap but not too expensive, either.

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  • Flower Market

    Tempting bundles of beautifully displayed flowers greeted us outside shops along the Coeurs Saleya--such vivid colors! We passed by on our way to the Promenade, stopping often to sniff in appreciation at all the delightful scents around us. It seemed that each small town or city we visited in France contained a flower shop or stand somewhere in...

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  • Global Blue

    Not that I do shopping wholesale, in fact, I seldom arrive at the minimum 175 euros. This time, however, I bought a couple of presents for my relatives in the Molinard outlet in Nice – very convenient, it’s on the way to the beach, behind Apollo and next to the newly-constructed parking-lot.When I came to the airport, the customs officer directed...

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Nice Local Customs

  • 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 cooked in a very hot wood-fired oven for about six minutes, until the top is golden. The copper is important for spreading the heat evenly. Note: You...

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  • 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 schoolboy. Enjoy the sun and let others enjoy it too.

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  • 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 to sue, then its French to protest. "En greve, toujours en greve".Hardly a week goes by without a "greve" "(strike action) or a protest march. Everyone...

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Nice Warnings and Dangers

  • Dangerous Areas

    Avoid walking in deserted streets, around the train station area (especially Rue de Belgique). Be warned that if you decide walking along Promenade des Anglais, chances are you'll be approached by a man, especially if you decide resting on a bench/blue chair. He'll start chatting and if you're naive enough ro too chatty, he'll follow you to your...

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  • Stony beaches

    We live in California and we are used to sand on our beaches. Needless to say, the beach at Nice along the famous Promenade des Anglais was a shock the first time we saw it. There is no sand; it is covered with pebbles and stones. The location is great and the weather usually cooperates but if you choose the beach here, take sturdy beach shoes (not...

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  • Pickpockets

    last week wallet got stolen while going in a bus from terminal 1 to terminal 2 at Nice airport prior to departure, a place it was least expected. I was checking my boarding pass and the pick pocket took the opportunity to steal the wallet in a fraction of a time. It seems that that the law enforcement is aware of this situation but there are...

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Nice Tourist Traps

  • Avoid Firefly/Advantage car rental at...

    This company will charge you at maximum price for a full tank of petrol if your rental is for 4 days or more. They give you the car with a full tank & tell you to bring it back empty.It's a nice little scam: you use only half the tank, they still make you pay for the full tank and then then charge the next person again (having only had to fill half...

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  • Tourist Scam in Nice,France

    We visited Nice in May 2010 and were returning back from Gare SNCF Nice Ville(Main Train Station) to our hotel. We took the tram from the Gare Theirs(nearby tram station) and noticed some two 'grubby' looking guys following us at a distance. After alighting from the tram we decided to stop at a bank branch to withdraw money.Unfortunately(or...

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  • Nice Terminal 2

    Nice Terminal 2 is a glorious architectural project, and its handful of shops and luxury boutiques is mostly at odds with todays budget-conscious low-cost airline traveller's needs. Those used to airports as giant shopping malls with a small sideline in flying planes are in for an unwelcome suprise. The staple "duty-free" airport commodities like...

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Nice What to Pack

  • My guide books Nice

    Here are my guide books that provided me details about a geographic location, tourist attractions, or most interesting itineraries in Nice and Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur^Casa Editrice Bonechi – Italy. “The Golden Book”. Nice. 1993, 96 pages.Around the World. France. Second edition. Publisher "Around the World", 2005, 544 pages. 79 cities, 168...

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  • more free brochures...

    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...

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  • Sometimes, it rains in Nice....

    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! It does rain here...

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Nice Off The Beaten Path

  • Take time to meditate on the...

    Take time to meditate on the city's past and its people in places like this one: the Cimiez cemetery

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  • Local wine - Domaine Augier

    'Domaine Augier' is not easily found.You have to ride bus #62 for about 40 - 50 minutes uphill. The scenery is truly fantastic, but the mountain road may give you a headache.Step off the bus at St.Roman-de-Bellet, you won't miss the church with the fountain on your left hand. Cave Augier will be on your right. The address is 680, route de Bellet,...

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  • Nice Toponymy: Rue de Russie

    Les Anglais may stroll along their Promenade, we Russians have a much more modest street to our name.The local register says that the name appeared in 1880, when Russians living around the Orthodox church nearby made a very prominent part of the local community.

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Nice Sports & Outdoors

  • Ironman Triathlon

    June 2005 - France's Herve Faure and Holland’s Mariska Kramer won the Nice round of the biggest endurance event on earth: Triathlon. Swim 2.4 miles for starters, cycle 112 miles for main course, and for dessert, run 26.2 miles! Even thinking about it left me exhausted and in need of a lie down.I completed the London Marathon myself in under four...

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  • Go ski-ing from Nice

    The ski bus from Nice to either Isola 2000 or Auron is a great way for anyone who can already ski and is flexible as to when they want to travel to cheaply have a day ski-ing from Nice. The ski bus runs at weekends and during the school holidays.The bus leaves the Nice Gare Routiere (Bus station) at 0730 and returns at around 1900 in the evening....

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  • learning to sail in Nice

    Learn to sail a Hobie Cat (a type of Catamaran for 1- 4 people) in Nice. We did a course this Summer 2004 and it was great fun and made a change from lying on a beach all day. You still get just as brown but without the boredom factor plus you get a bit fitter and see some wonderful views of the coastline along Nice.Also, you do get a proper...

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  • Old Nice

    This is not about the 'Old Town'.This is the Nice that - for better or worse - you'll never see again.I've got a whole load of photos I never had time to convert into tips before they became out-date.Remind me to put them into a travelogue

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  • Nice on a budget

    At home among people who do not own any oil-wells we have a saying ‘to see Nice and die’. Try not to do anything like that. Saving for a long time and spending it in just one week is psychologically dangerous, the reality can never match your dream.That said, relax, then concentrate - sounds a bit difficult, but it works. Good planning will take...

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  • Cost of living'

    Borrowed a great site from VT member Leics:shows you 'cost of living' wherever you gohttp://www.numbeo.com/cost-of-livingLooks up jeans in Nice, France - somehow mine made just 20 euro poorer, and I have been quite happy with them for 4 years already :)

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