Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur Warnings and Dangers

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Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur Warnings and Dangers

  • Dangerous Areas

    Nice Warnings and Dangers

    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, he'll follow you to your hotel and...

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  • Stony beaches

    Nice Warnings and Dangers

    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

    Nice Warnings and Dangers

    Keep your valuables close and be alert for pickpockets. Be aware of any person who is bumping into you, coming up too close, wants to stop and talk to you. But although you should be alert, don't be alarmed because there are also lots of nice people out there who just want to say hello and nothing more. My experience - Whilst on the train from...

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  • Tourists

    Nice Warnings and Dangers

    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...

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  • Dog Droppings

    Nice Warnings and Dangers

    The Nicois love their little dogs. They cosset them, they dress them in coats in Winter, they walk them constantly, they pop them in shoulder bags on excursions, and those little dogs are very adorable and very fortunate to be so well looked after. They have only one draw back. The gourmet pet food indulgently popped in one end eventually poop out...

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  • Forest fires

    All this section coming from my Le Castellet page, as this warning tip could be extended to all the south part of the provence.In South of France, climate is warm and dry in summer. Inflammable vegetation and strong wind (the famous Mistral) form an explosive mixture.=> A cigarette end not well -extinguished is enough to trigger off a big forest...

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  • Des Obstacles Partout

    Old walled towns, such as Aix en Provence, should be pleasant to stroll through. Unfortunately, there are many illegally parked cars, barriers, and various concrete and metal sticks to spoil your walk. You constantly need to watch where you're going. Walking in a stop-and-go manner is tiring, and you may run out of steam faster than in Paris.

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  • Do Not Speed!

    Many of the small towns in Provence now have local police with tracking radar. Note well the speed signs as you enter each small village and be sure not to exceed the posted speed. I can tell you from first had experience that it is not a fun event to be grilled by two gendarmes in French. Talk about testing one's lanugage abilities! Only after 5...

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  • Watch your purse

    A man stole a lady's purse in a nearby restaurant and this could probaly have been avoided if had been more careful. Don't hang your purse on the back of your chair, too handy for someone to grab. If there is no other out of the way place, I put my purse or backpack on the floor in front of me under the table. I put my foot inside the strap.

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  • driving to the top of the Mont Ventoux

    be carefull when you drive to the top, becuse there are always cyclists who come down in a very hard speed ....

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  • in memory for Tom Simson

    He died at just before he reached the top.On the stone is written : Medaille Olympiade Champion du monde Embassade de Sport Britanique,decedele 13 juillet / Tour de France 1967ses amis cyclistes de Grande Bretagnehis cyclist friends from Great Britain.It is dangerous to go to the top by bike when you are not good trained for it.Other cyclists also...

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  • BEWARE THE MISTRAL!!!

    They say it knocks old ladies into the road.They say it can turn sane people into wild hermits.They say a lot of things. But the Mistral, for the locals, is more than just a great big wind. It is part of their folklore, part of their character, and more importantly, part of their land's reason for having great weather and clear skies.When it blows,...

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