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  • Bottled Water

    Nice General

    Like in other Countries in Europe, There are two kinds of Containers where the Mineral and Spring and Distilled and Sparkling Water are sold here in Nice and the Rest of France, namely via the Plastic PET Bottles and the typical transparent Glass Bottles with either a re sealable cap or Pop up Cap and there are available in different sizes like 500...

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  • Vieux Port

    Marseille General

    I have not been to Marseille since 1964, and at that time I was transiting by boat back and forth to the aircraft carrier that my husband was serving on. So I have various photos of the waterfront, lighthouses and aids to navigation. I have identified two photos of Fort Saint-Jean, a 1644 lighthouse which was inactive even when I saw it. It was...

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  • Customs - Coutumes

    Cannes General

    The sound of water is said to be soothing and in Cannes the sound coming from the many fountains from a street planted fountain to hanging on a wall fountain, your admiring of and listening to the music each plays with the falling water, is one way to enjoy the sights of Cannes without spending a penny. Walking around Cannes is what it is all...

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  • Life in the streets

    Avignon General

    There was nothing better than taking an evening stroll after dinner through the Place de l'horloge. Nightime brings the people out an about and is a great people watching time. We enjoyed outr evening walks and enjoying some after dinner ice cream. The evening weather was considerably cooler which was a nice break from the daytime heat.

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  • Villefranche-Sur-Mer

    Villefranche-sur-Mer General

    the small marina town of Villefranche-Sur-Mer lies along the French Riviera and is about 10 kilometers west from Monaco and is along the Border of Nice. The town has just a population of less than 6,000 people, however, this town is popular for both locals and tourists as it is relatively cheaper to stay here than in Nice or in nearby Sean Jean...

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  • Ice Cream

    Arles General

    There are many small hole in the wall places around Arles that serves various French sandwiches and snacks and also has an ice cream section, specially around the Ampitheater Area. The snack place sis popular for tourists due to budget friendly prices as the large but filling sandwiches cost from 6 euros to 10 euros, depending on the kind of...

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  • Eze' Overview

    Éze General

    this walled Village of Eze' is a popular stopover for tourists, both local and foreign, travelling to and from the Italian Riviera to the French Riviera or from Monaco to Nice and Vice Versa, primarlily due to the Old Walled Village atop a mountain top, just a few meters away from the Moyenne Corniche (there are walking tours of the olld village...

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  • Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat:Overview

    Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat General

    the town of Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat, since the Roman Times was a popular resort town for the rich and famous and was part of various areas such as the Romans, the Ligurians, Kingdom of Sardinia and finally the French. This town is located between Beaulieu-sur-Mer and to Villefranche-sur-Mer and is a jutting peninsula shaped as a ferret tail hence...

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  • Overview

    Roquebrune-Cap-Martin General

    the town of Roquebrune Cap Martin, together with Menton was once part of Monaco but is now part of France since the 1800's although it is like a suburb of Monaco. The town lies just 7 kilometers west of the border of France and Italy. this small and idyllic French Riviera Town is home to more than 13,000 people and like other towns of the French...

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  • Potable Water Fountains and Faucets

    St-Paul-de-Vence General

    there are several water fountains and public faucets in and around the walled town of Saint Paul De Vence, but not all of them have potable drinking water. you must see the sign placed above the fountains and public water faucets to know if they are drinkiable or not. if it is drinkable, there would be a sign in French above that says "EAU POTABLE"...

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  • weather

    Pernes-les-Fontaines General

    France is divided into 26 different regions - amongst these the weather conditions vary significantly. As you travel from north to south, from east to west you will find your self experiencing a smorgasbord of weather conditions - ranging from Continental to Oceanic, from Semi Continental to Mediterranean and Alpine.

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  • Automated Teller Machines

    Nice General

    the ATM's here in Nice are mostly affiliated to international consortiums like Plus or Discover or Cirrus. Again a caveat, when you withdraw money via atms, there are 2 pass on charges (the first is by your local bank in your country and the second is the local bank here in Nice and in France so I would recommend you withdraw large sums since the...

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  • Les calanques

    Marseille General

    The Calanques are actually pretty bare, but if you look closer you will find the most interesting plants there. The sight of huge bushes of rosemary was awesome, and some of the plants were unknown to me - but thanks to VT member Jean Louis (JLBG) I can give you the exact names. First is the scientific name, second the French names(s) and third an...

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  • Places to visit - Lieux

    Cannes General

    The Cannes Film Festival / Festival de Cannes) is the world's most prestigious film festival. The 59th Festival will take place between May 17-28, 2006. The Award Ceremony will be held on Sunday May 28th !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Wanna see celebrities? One sure-fire method is of course the red...

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  • Palais des Papes

    Avignon General

    This huge plaza in front of the Palais is usually teeming with people. It is a great place for lunch or a drink or snack and listen to music from various street entertainers. When we were there we heard a good musical group from the Andes (I don't know how they ended up here). The plaza was also used for huge crowds whenever they consecrated a new...

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  • Maps, Signs

    Arles General

    you would not get lost in Ancient and quaint rustic Roman walled town as there are several large maps that show you where you are at certain places plus there are many maps posted in and around the walled town showing you where is your location and the street signs are also well marked (albeit written in French) and if you get lost, you can head...

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  • Maps and Directions

    St-Paul-de-Vence General

    you would not get lost in this small and quaint rustic walled town as first, there is only one entrance and exit to the main gate at Place Du Tilleul for pedestrians (and two small roads around the ramparts (walls) of the town). there are many maps posted in and around the walled town showing you where is your location and the street signs are...

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  • Free Brochures and Maps

    Nice General

    this modern age of the internet and the advent of the smartphone, tablet and phablet, you can just download the various maps and the layout of the various attractions in and around The Nice Area from either their website or other related tourist friendly apps and then use them on your tablets or smartphones and phablets to get around the nooks and...

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  • La Canebière

    Marseille General

    I wasn't sure where to put this tip - hotels, warnings or where. My husband's USNavy ship was coming into Marseille, and I was meeting him there. We had met earlier in Valencia Spain, and I had taken a train from there to Grenada where I spent the night. Then I took the train back to Madrid, flew to Barcellona that night and took a train to...

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  • History

    Cannes General

    There has arrived to Cannes Prosper Merime. He was the general inspector on historical monuments. In some years he constructed his own summer residence on the coast. He achieved the construction of the 60-kilometer channel for maintenance of coast with water. In 1887 Cannes were visited by the queen of England Victoria, and since then celebrities...

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  • Pont St-Benezet

    Avignon General

    The famous bridge at Avignon, the song that every French schoolchild knows and quite a few English ones who are learning French. Unfortunately, there was no one dancing when we visited, but it was extremely interesting to read about the history and the ceremonies and meetings that took place there over the centuries. Here are a few sites that...

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  • Basilique Notre Dame de la Garde

    Marseille General

    One of the most famous buildings in the city is the Church of NOTRE DAME DE LA GARDE. It is on a high hill overlooking the southern side of the Vieux-Port in Marseilles. It's belfry is topped by a huge, gilded statue of the Virgin Mary. Built during 1853 to 1864, the church can be seen far out at sea and serves as a landmark for sailors. It is also...

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  • Festivals

    Avignon General

    If you must have a reason to go to Avignon, then go to Festival d'Avignon in July. I have been there twice. Although in my second visit I almost didn't see any performances indoors -- theatre is all around you in the streets. I miss the nights -- the parties we had, the people we met, the wine, the moon, the river...

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  • Cours Julien

    Marseille General

    Uphill away from the Gare St.Charles is the arty bohemian centre of Cours Julien. Don't be scared by the colourful graffiti and leftfield edge, this is a great place to come for some entertainment, theatrical or otherwise, or to get an old French BD, or a coffee and a crepe, or just to hang out. And you will love the views across Marseille from...

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  • City Walls

    Avignon General

    Approaching Avignon, the first thing you see as you enter the city perimeters from the south are the walls and towers that seem to rise up from a country covered with olives. The exterior of these magnificent walls, begun by Innocent VI (1352-1362) and finished by Urban V (1362-1370). In the fourteenth century, there were seven gates, two others...

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  • Gare St-Charles

    Marseille General

    With the advent of the Paris_Lyon_Marseille line in 1848, this ushered in the 'grande epoque' of Marseille with all its impressive hotels. Seen in countless films, notably in the filmed works of Marcel Pagnol, and always recognizable by the impressive steps going down to the Boulevard d'Athenes to connect it with the city centre. The project was...

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  • Near by Avignon

    Avignon General

    I traveled to Avignon on an overnight train from Switzerlad. I was tired and pretty grubby when I arrived so took some time to browse around and settle in. I found avignon a wonderful base to visit some other towns in Provance. From there I easily visited Aix en Provence, Nantes, and Arles, all worth a day trip!

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  • Puget-Théniers Station Buffet

    The last time i went to see le train de Pignes a vapeur I drove from Port Grimaud to Puget-Théniers and was met with.................."action revendicative" a strike! But all was not lost as the guys in the engine shed were having lunch they let me climb all over her to my hearts content!! better still the chef at the station buffet at...

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  • Based in Nice - ideas for what to see...

    Hi, the Rough guide to France has an incredible amount of excellent information on what to do and see around that area - especially if you are going for a wonderful 2 months!! and especially if you like driving and exploring special places out in the countryside! Definitely the beaches along the coast, up to lovely Eve and of course Menton, MOnaco...

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  • Al Fresco Dining

    Visiting and eating in the south of France, or many other countries for that matter, is all about dining outside! If you are renting a private villa, such as we did on our most recent trip, you will likely have the main dining table under an arbor covered with grape vines. If dining out, there are countless oppoitunities to eat outside -- whether...

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  • MUCH MORE TO VISIT!

    I've left out many towns and spots worth visiting... Arles, Cavaillon, Carpentras (the home of France's first synagogue), Orange (another Roman arena) and others. Hopefully, we'll return in '05 and I can enjoy Provence all over again.

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  • Who would have expected: a mediterranean...

    The climat along the Cote d'Azur is - OF COURSE - a mediterranean one. Mild winters and warm summers in combination with little wind (somewhat firther the "Mistral" haunts the coastline each year) and little rain. Still the flora gets enough water as the region is very green and also provides the ideal surroundings for citrus fruits. Especially...

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  • The "Corniches" ... spectacular coastal...

    Alnog the coast of the Cote d'Azur, the French roadbuilders have established an amazing work of art. They call it the "Corniches", the French regional word for a coastal road. Winidng around corners, but always sticking close to the sea, they run on various levels from town to town. Especially scenic are the three "Corniches" running from Nice...

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  • Cote d'Azur ... the French "Costa Brava"

    The coastline in the North-East of Spain along the Catalunia coast is called "Costa Brava", meaning the rough coast. This actually can also be said about the Cote' d'Azur as most of the coast is consisting of rocks and mountains dropping steep into the mediterranean sea. This makes the coastline visually amazing and with the many towns and villages...

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  • About waves and surf

    The mediterranean sea does not have a significant high and low waterlevel, but the waves can get quite powerful in some open bays and at the most outer tips of the capes. Wind is the main cause of waves on the sea, which doesn;t necessarily have to be wind present at the coast itself, but out in the open sea causes the commotion..

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  • Gravel beaches, well ... they're not bad...

    Sand is for those who travel with children, as they want to play with the sand and be able to go in the water without drawning. The most beaches along the Cote d'Azur are however gravel beaches variating from small stones to rounded rocks. Nice with it's - no doubt longest - beach of over seven kilometres is also a gravel beach, but here the city...

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  • the best beaches along the "Cote"

    As sandy beaches are belonging to an acception, there are only a few beaches that can be named "best" along the coast. First the mondain beach of Cannes, that is quite long and popular. Only a pitty that 95% of all space is taken by privat beaches, that also ask high entrance fees and close at 18:00 hours! Also parking belongs to the difficulties...

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  • Cote d'Azur, about capes, bays,...

    The Cote d'Azur is a stretch of coastline where the high Alpine mountains meet the Mediterranean sea. It stretches out over only a 80 kilometres between the Italian border and Frejus. the coastline itself is however a lot longer with numerous bays between rocky landmasses penetrating deep into the sea. The sea is deep, as the mountainous landscape...

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  • Antibes

    Antibes was a Greek fortified town named Antipolis in the 5th century BC, and later a Roman town, much like the history of Nice and Cannes. It’s now a beautiful town that attracts visitors from France as well foreigners. Below is listed a Website that tells about the Picasso Museum and other museums that we weren’t aware of when we visited...

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  • Walking the Promenade des Anglais

    Tourists have been walking along and enjoying Nice since the English arrived in 1730; In the 1800's the Promenade des Anglais was built, much like the Croisette Promenade in Cannes.In the 1900's tourists only came in the winter, but at the beginning of the 21st century they started visiting in the summer months. As for the inhabitants, whatever the...

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  • Cannes - Where are the Movie Stars?

    Cannes has been home to the film festival for 50 years and still attracts stars, starlets and groupies. Cannes is often referred to as Beverly Hills’ twin city. The sandy beaches, glitzy casinos, and beautiful people part of the city's attractions, but we didn't see one movie star):): A visit to Cannes is not complete without a stroll along the...

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  • Eze

    Eze is a medieval village perched like an eagles nest on a narrow rocky peak overlooking the Mediterranean sea on the road to Monaco. This ancient fortified village is still topped with the ruins of a 12th-century fortified castle (torn down in 1706), sitting on a narrow rocky peak. The castle grounds host the well-known Jardin Exotique, and from...

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  • Monaco

    The state of Monaco is only half the size of New York’s Central Park, but in contrast to New York City, Monaco has no crime, no poverty, no unemployment, no pollution and no income tax. Despite astronomical land value, buildings are limited to 12 stories. Whatever is unbuilt is park or garden. There is no dirty air, so all the buildings sparkle in...

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  • the Mediterranean

    One direction you see mountains, the other the Mediterranean Sea. The blue waters seduce you, the smell of the air intoxicates. You are hooked. The Mediterranean is one of the most sought-after travel destinations, and with good reason. Beautiful coastline, superb and eclectic food, and that 'joie de vivre' that we want to bring home with us....

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  • the Alps

    The Alpes-Maritimes stretch from the sea near Cannes to Switzerland, running about 10 miles inland from the coast. It is such a varied landscape with the blue waters on one side and the snow-capped mountains on the other. When you visit villages inland, you have terrific views of the Alps, which are dotted with even more villages!

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