Nice seemed like a great place to celebrate my 18th with my other two female friends....NOT.
Don't get fooled by the overall exterior appearance of Nice. It's a beautiful and vibrant place to visit, but beware of some of the locals, and by that i mean the male locals.
During the majority of our trip we were followed by creepy male locals and this was at its worst during the night. If they seem friendly and nice and try to talk to you and follow you, either ignore them and act like you didnt hear them or say that you have to go. However, the key thing is - BE FIRM! Act determined and serious, dont return any glances/stares or any rude comments, and dont give them any of your details.
Nice isnt really the place to go out clubbing really. It's better as a place to chill out at a couple of bars,etc. So according to this, women, dress sensibly! Dont wear too short skirts or revealing clothes. And also, for your own good, dont wear heels! After a scary night, we brought flip flops and hoodies to cover up.
Beware of the Promenade de Anglais and especially the Rue de France street at night.
We thought the Promenade de Anglais would be a nice place to chill at night, but later found out that this is where drug users and dodgy types hang around. A couple of guys started talking to us and we found out they were criminals, not exactly a smart idea to be around them, eh? Since its more difficult to patrol from the streets, only go here in a large group.
This one night we were out, our return to our hotel was beyond frightening. On our walk back we got followed by different male locals up to three times, and was chased after by two male locals! We were full on running in our flip flops along the deserted Rue de France.
the one time we got rid of some of the stalkers was when we found some male tourists that were kind enough to walk us back to our hotel. When they were with us, NOT ONE local hit on us or even looked at us twice. So it is a very good idea to have at least one male friend with you.
At night, the Rue de France is deserted apart from a police car rolling by once or twice during the night which is still not enough. Be careful, and be sensible if traveling with a few friends!!
About every thirty or forty years, France is invaded. Peaceful a while longer than that now, another invasion is long overdue.
Just who will invade France this time is unclear. President of the Fifth Republic Jaques Chirac personally assured any potential occupier that there will be no resistance, which is the established French response to being invaded. After two earlier unsuccessful attempts, Germany has said it is out of the running, and is no longer interested in invading anyone. This is a disappointment to the French, who have always felt "better the invader you know". Other expressions of interest in invading France have been sought through a series of discretely placed personal small ads in the European Journal ("Attractive mature European country WLTM similar, for domination and possibly more.") So far without result.
Future invasion may come from an unexpected direction. For some time now Poland to the East has been amassing a sizeable invading army at its borders, mainly electricians and plumbers. In military circles Poland has had a highly regarded tank division, unfortunately now only of the gravity-fed cold water variety. Still, not to be trifled with. The threat of expansion from the East recently led French voters to reject closer links with the new EU accession countries, meaning shoddy workmanship by snooty tradesmen with two hour lunchbreaks will continue to be every Frenchman's birthright.
In the event of an invasion whilst you are in France, you are recommended to follow the example of the French. Go about your business as usual.
In the event of needing a plumber whilst you are in France, ring Leçek on Wroclaw 07-92-93-74-79
After two thousand years, they're back.
Two Italian people transporters lead the invasion. Each the size of an eight storey apartment block, these giant floating "people-movers" dwarf everything in the port of Nice, as tens of thousands of Italians occupy the Riviera for the new year.
Streets everywhere are lined with the new modern chariots, gleaming polished black and chrome VW and BMW four-by-fours, with tinted windows and Milan or Turin number plates. Gare SNCF has trains arriving from Italian cities every hour, disgorging impossibly glamorous passengers.
The Promenade des Anglais is transformed into a Milanese catwalk as fashionistas strut in their killer heels and designer clothes. Suddenly everyone is wearing dark glasses. The Cours Saleya resembles a mink farm. Mobile phones are in one hand, the other waving as they speak. "Allora, ragazza, bene bene " The hotels are full, the restaurant tables are all booked. Italy has arrived.
The high society of Northern Italy takes over Nice for the New Year. At the strike of midnight champagne corks pop on the beach and fireworks light up the baie. The festive mood runs high. A few days later the invaders will retreat, leaving no trace other than lingering designer scent in the air.
But they'll be back.
Wow look at these peoples, they are eating eating and eating. So I think if they eat that much, are Dangers.
It's a warning : if you plan to visit the area (from Saint Tropez to Nice), avoid coming during summer time : it's overcrowded. May, June and september are definitely the best periods.
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