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Nice Year-Round

A travel journal to Nice by A. Stevenson

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Nice Year-Round

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Cimiez Photo, Nice, France
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The marchés with their fresh fruits, vegetables, fish, spices and local specialties are sure to tickle the most fickle of taste buds. There are enough museums to keep a person occupied for weeks on end, and natural wonders abound for the avid hiker/bicycler, or even amateur rally driver (you'll need their skills to navigate some of the mountainous roads!).My note to readers of this journal: I moved here in June 2000, and will be continually adding entries as I get to know my new home.Quick Tips: Summer is hot: 70-90°F during the day and around 60°F at night. The air is quite humid, and even the Niçois will complain when it gets around 95-100°F. In winter it cools off a ...Read More

Le Soleil

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Our favorite stop for good quality food at an excellent price. You have the option of choosing a main dish, or going for one of the set-price menus (90F and 70F respectively, about 12USD and 10USD). With a menu, you choose an entrée, main dish with accompanying potatoes, and dessert. 25 centiliters of wine is included in the price of a menu; you may choose between red, white and rosé. The wine quality is good.Menu entries include a Niçois salad, fish soup, chicken, and beef filet spiced with herbs. Your accompanying potatoes can be mashed, boiled, or fried.The main reason we always return to this restaurant is the quality of the service - the couple that runs the restaurant is ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 16, 2000

Le Soleil
Corner of Rue de Russie and Rue d'Italie
Nice, France

La Tapenade

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Superb food at an excellent price. We chose a set menu at 120F (about 18 USD) that included choice of salad (entrée), main dish, and dessert. I chose a salade Niçoise, duck cooked with figs, and had to take a lemon sorbet in order not to overload my very happy stomach. The salad was immense, and could easily have sufficed as a main dish. The 'canard aux figues' (duck cooked with figs) was truly the best duck I have ever eaten, perfectly cooked and sublime with the accompanying figs.

Not only is the food excellent, but the décor is captivating. On the ceiling are remnants of an ancient fresco, and the walls are decorated with local flair. An interior for any occasion.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 16, 2000

La Tapenade
Corner of Rue Ste. Reparate & Rue de la Prefecture
Nice, France

Restaurant L'Astrolab's

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Restaurant

Restaurant L'Astrolab's Photo, Nice, France
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A restaurant with a very unique décor, in St. Laurent du Var, just next to Nice. If you like astronomy, astrology or the color blue, you'll feel right at home.Located in a row of dozens of restaurants with neon lights on the port, it takes a bit of looking to find, but is worth the effort. Entrées average 40F, main dishes cost from 70-150F, and desserts from 35-60F. I chose a menu at 135F, which included an entrée, main dish and dessert. The entrées are huge, none of us was able to finish ours. The main dish was even more generous, cooked just as we had asked, and so good that we took over an hour to finish. I had grilled duck in onion and lemon sauce with potatoes, my boyfriend the same, ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on December 11, 2000

Restaurant L'Astrolab's
On the Port
Nice, France
04 9227 0964

Nexus Caffé

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A group of four, we decided to try a restaurant on the Cours Saleya, which during the day hosts the flower, spice and food market. We all chose the 89F menu, with goat cheese salad as starter, and Provençal pasta, pasta gratin, friture (small fried fish), and spaghetti as main dishes. All four main dishes tasted like they had been cooked in a microwave oven, or worse, possibly frozen and reheated. The food was in small proportions, leaving all of us hungry afterwards. Dessert was also included in the menu, but was only a choice between chocolate and vanilla ice cream or fruit cake. We were very disappointed, as many restaurants offer much better quality and quantity for the same price.

Member Rating 1 out of 5 on November 24, 2000

Nexus Caffé
14 Cours Saleya
Nice, France 06300

P'as de Pot

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P'as de Pot Photo, Nice, France
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Four of us visited this traditionally decorated restaurant in the heart of Old Nice. Set menus range from 95F (about $15) to 190FF (about $30). Three of us chose the menu at 95F, with hot goat cheese salad as entrée (other choices were available), beef entrecôte and chicken filet in pepper sauce as main dish, with a choice of either chocolate mousse, crême brulée or house dessert to finish. The fourth diner chose fish soup, a local specialty, and tagliatellas in a cream and basilic sauce. We were all very satisfied with the food, cooked just as we had asked and perfectly seasoned. We also ordered two wines, the house Côtes de Provence red at 55F the bottle, and a bottle of Beaujolais-Vill...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 31, 2000

P'as de Pot
2 rue Barillerie
Nice, France
04.93.85.79.32

Nice Jazz Festival

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Set against the background of Roman ruins, jazz and rock artists liven up the area for seven days. We chose the first day of the festival in 2000, and were somewhat disappointed with the organization. Though we knew who was going to perform, we didn't know when or where. The starting time was listed as 7.30pm, but in fact only local bands of mediocre quality were playing until 8.30. On the schedule we were given at the entry, the Count Basie Orchestra was listed to start at 10.30pm, but actually began at 10! We missed fifteen minutes of their performance because of this mislisting. However, we were quite happy with the performances and the venue.As with many other jazz festivals nowadays, ...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on August 16, 2000

Nice Jazz Festival
Place Masséna
Nice, France 06100
+33 (0)1 47 23 07 58

Nice-Etoile

Attraction | "Nice Etoile (Shopping Mall)"

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Modest in size but ranked second in France in percentage of sales per square meter, the Nice Etoile mall has many kinds of stores, from furniture and perfume to books and mobile telephones. The FNAC, located on three floors of the north end of the mall, has a photo development and accessories area on the ground floor, and books and music on the second floor (third floor if you're American). For clothes and shoes, there's everything from cheap (C&A) to medium-priced (Celio, Etam) to expensive (Alain Manoukian). Downstairs (floor -1) is one of my favorite places to buy gifts, Sephora. They stock a very wide range of perfumes, colognes, soaps, bath salts, makeup and more, at reasonable prices....Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on December 11, 2000

Nice-Etoile
30, avenue Jean-Médecin
Nice, France 06000
+33 4 92 17 38 17

Musée Marc Chagall du message biblique

Attraction | "Musée National Message Biblique Marc Chagall"

Musée Marc Chagall du message biblique Photo, Nice, France
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Though there are few paintings, all are well displayed and stunning. Featured are Chagall's works on biblical themes. My favorites were the paintings for "Song of Songs," there is a photo of one below.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 24, 2000

Musée Marc Chagall du message biblique
Avenue du Docteur-Ménard
Nice, France 06000
+33 4 93 53 87 20

MAMAC/Musée d'Art Moderne et d'Art Contemporain

Attraction | "Musée d'Art Moderne et d'Art Contemporain"

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Located between the bus station and the Acropolis, just above the old city, this museum is dedicated to modern and contemporary art, especially that of artists from the Nice area. Though I am a fan of modern art, this museum was extremely disappointing. When I visited, the major exhibits were dedicated to a sculptor who built boxes that look just like CD holders, and a sculptor/painter who took some common themes and painted them in a blinding blue. There was even a sandbox of - you guessed it - blinding blue sand (untitled). As for the boxes, an entire floor of the museum held them, all the same size, one row per wall. The permanent collection was similarly disappointing, with works such as a drawing...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on November 24, 2000

MAMAC/Musée d'Art Moderne et d'Art Contemporain
Promenade Des Arts
Nice, France 06300
+33 4 93 62 61 62

Musée des Arts asiatiques

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Attraction

Musée des Arts asiatiques Photo, Nice, France
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Located near the airport in the Arénas area, this museum is beautiful both architecturally and exhibit-wise. Designed by Japanese architect Kenzo Tange, it "is based on two geometric shapes of fundamental importance in Asia - the square, symbol of the earth, and the circle, symbol of the sky." At the entry you are given a handset which gives you more information about the museum's objects. Exhibits come from China, Japan, India, and southeast Asia. There is even a tea pavilion where you can take part in a Japanese tea ceremony.

Official Website of the Asian Arts Museum

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 24, 2000

Musée des Arts asiatiques
405, Promenade des Anglais
Nice, France 06200
+33 4 92 29 37 00

Musee Matisse de Nice

Attraction | "Musée Matisse"

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If you appreciate Matisse's works, you will love this museum. Inside a villa in which Matisse lived, works from his earliest to final periods are displayed, with biographies throughout giving background to his artistic and personal development. Even if you're not familiar with his works, the museum is a treat due to the chance it gives to see a clear progression in an artist's work.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 24, 2000

Musee Matisse de Nice
164, Avenue Des Arènes De Cimiez
Cimiez, France 06000
+33 4 93 81 08 08

Archaeological Museum and the Roman Ruins

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Attraction | "Musée Archéologique de Cimiez"

Archaeological Museum and the Roman Ruins Photo, Nice, France
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Probably my favorite place to visit in Nice. Just outside the museum are Roman ruins of a bathhouse and thermal area, with the main bathhouse being in excellent condition. (The ruins are free to visit, the museum itself charges an entry fee.)

Inside the museum are Roman artifacts of all types, ranging from bronzes, to statues, to marble inscriptions, to marble coffins (that's right!). If you read French, you can enjoy the written history of Nice which accompanies the artifacts. (Nice actually got its name from the Greeks - Nikaïa.)

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 24, 2000

Archaeological Museum and the Roman Ruins
160, Avenue Des Arènes Entrée Avenue Montecroce
Nice, France 06000
+33 4 93 81 59 57

Parc Phoenix

Attraction | "Parc Floral Phoenix"

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A natural park with all types of plants. Perfect for romantic strolls, letting the kids play, and seeing plant species that one otherwise might never get to see. Located just next to the Asian Arts Museum, which creates a serene background for the international water fowl in its lake.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 24, 2000

Parc Phoenix
405, Promenade des Anglais
Nice, France 06000
+33 4 93 18 03 33

Nice Airport

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Nice Airport Access Map Photo, Nice, France
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In terms of traffic, Nice is the second largest airport in France. Its size does not reflect this, however. It consists of two terminals, 1 and 2, with Terminal 1 being the arrival point for the majority of inter-European and international flights. Flights to and from Corsica now have a unique departure and arrival point near Terminal 2, due to security concerns. There are regular buses from the airport to the city center and other destinations such as Cannes, Monaco, Antibes, etc. For shuttle service to the center, you have the choice between a direct bus that costs 15-20FF or a couple city buses, which cost 8FF50. Bus 23 takes you past the Arénas, where many car rental companies are based, ...Read More

easyrentacar.com

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My parents visited in November, and decided they'd like to rent a car. After price comparison, they decided on easyrentacar.com, which uses only Mercedes Class A (a sort of minivan, can hold 5 people comfortably), which means they can cut down on prices. REALLY cut down on prices. 12 British pounds (about $15 USD) a day, which includes 100 kilometers (about 60 miles) a day and basic insurance. We drove the car quite a lot, for a total of two weeks, and only had $50 USD in excess kilometers.The car itself is great for Nice, easy to drive and relatively small, which you'll soon see is an invaluable quality. It runs on diesel, the cheapest type of gas one can get in France, so your gas bill won't...Read More