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Nice and the Cote d'Azur, Land of La Belle Epoque

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A March 2006 trip to Nice by am331

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Quote: We spent a lovely 4 days in Nice and the surrounding areas of the French Riviera in March 2006.

Nice and the Cote d'Azur, Land of La Belle Epoque

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We spent a lovely 4 days in Nice, and the surrounding areas, in March of 2006.Since it was the middle of March, the beaches were obviously empty, so we spent our time touring the city of Nice, it provided a nice “base” from which to take day trips. There is a bus station called “Gare Routirere” where you can buy bus tickets for most nearby destinations, and we took inexpensive day trips to St. Paul de Vence (a “village perché” or perched hilltop village), Monaco/Monte Carlo, and Cap Ferrat.The weather was not “hot” by any means, but cool and crisp, and most days were relatively sunny. And there was no rain. I would recommend that travelers aim for April and May, when the ...Read More

Mercure Nice Marche Fleurs 2m

Hotel | "Mercure Marche aux Fleurs"

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This hotel is very well located, right on the main promenade/boardwalk of the city, Quai des Etats-Unis, (which is the continuation of Avenue des Anglais), and next to the famous Opera House, also adjacent to Vieux Nice (old town)where most of the tourist attractions, good shops, and restaurants and bars are located.Our room was reasonably cute, with a little balcony overlooking a small courtyard, although the view was not particularly scenic. The room itself was small, but the bathroom was clean and well lit, which I liked. Our TV did not get any English channels except BBC News, and we quickly became very bored with that! We learned the hard way that some rooms have an additional...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on March 28, 2006

Mercure Nice Marche Fleurs 2m
91 Quai Des Etats
Nice, France 06300
+33 (4) 8988 4005

Petite Chapelle

Restaurant | "La Petite Chapelle"

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When we got off the bus in St. Paul de Vence, it was lunch time and we were hungry. When you first enter the main square outside the town entrance, you will see the famous and expensive Colombe d’Or restaurant, but we opted for the smaller and slightly hidden from view "La Petite Chapelle" restaurant which has great views and even better food. My husband ordered the "formule", which included a glass of wine, special of the day, and coffee, all for €14. The special was a veal dish in a delicious sauce, with fries and green beans. I opted for the typical Salad Nicoise and a glass of red wine. We were also given bread. For dessert I ordered the crème bruleé, but it was slightly burnt on top a...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on March 28, 2006

Petite Chapelle
Blanchelande Girls College
Nice, France
+33 01481 237200

Tire-Bouchon (Le)

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Restaurant | "Tire Bouchon (Le)"

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We decided to dine at a restaurant recommended on IgoUgo, "Tire Bouchon". It is easy to miss because there is scaffolding covering the front entrance, but do look out for it!! It is very romantic and cozy, with friendly and helpful service.When we first walked in they asked us to go to a separate entrance in the back and we were confused, but found their other dining area. I guess they keep the two rooms separate since the first dining area does not have much room to walk around.The room was warm with great ambiance: dark mood lighting, red and black velvety interior, and soft music. They offered a €28 prix-fixe menu which included an appetizer, entrée and dessert. ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on March 28, 2006

Tire-Bouchon (Le)
19, Rue De La Préfecture
Nice, France 06300
+33 4 93 92 63 64

Chez René

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Restaurant | "Chez Rene Socca"

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This outdoor restaurant is a a local favorite, with lots of Nicoise atmosphere!! It is located on the north side of Vieux Nice, near the place Garibaldi.There are always tons of people in line. Note that there is a separate line for a plateful of socca (typical Nicoise food, a thin crepe made of mashed chickpeas, €2) and for the rest of the food items. In addition to socca, we ordered farcis nicoise for €3, which is a small plate of vegetables stuffed with a hummus mixture, and a piece of pissaladiere for €1.5, which is a pizza with onion and black olives on it, (some are also made with anchovies). They heat it up for you while you pay. They also offer spicy fishcakes and deep-fried whiteb...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on March 29, 2006

Chez René
2, rue Mirhaletti
Nice, France 06300
+33 4 93 92 05 73

Indyana

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We decided to try "Indyana" for dinner one evening, which we read about in a local restaurant guide. They serve fusion food of French, Italian, and Asian. It is elegantly decorated with Indian statues and dark drapes, softly lit and cozy. We were lucky we arrived just before the rush, soon not even a single table was free! The clientele were very lively and stylish, great for people watching!We asked the waiter to recommend a starter and he brought us spring rolls, which were a bit oily for my taste. Then for the main dish my husband ordered beef in a saki teriyaki sauce which was very tasty and I got a shrimp scampi dish which was tasty but a bit too much pasta. We...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on March 29, 2006

Indyana
11 rue Gustave Deloye
Nice, France
+33 04 9380 6769

Grand Café de Turin

Restaurant | "Grand Cafe de Turin"

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For lunch one day we decided to stop on the place Garibaldi, at the crowded and popular Grand Café de Turin, with its authentic 1900 interior, for seafood. The restaurant is packed with guests eating outside at the street-side tables, as well as inside, even though it was already after 2pm and the normal lunchtime rush.We first tried to enter Petite Cafe de Turin, but they sent us away as they were too full. Two doors down was Grand Cafe de Turin! Even there, we had a 20-minute wait for a table to become available.The menu is printed on the place mat, and is full of every imaginable type of fresh seafood. We didn’t know what to get so we asked the waiter for six oysters, four c...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on March 29, 2006

Grand Café de Turin
5 Place Garibaldi
Nice, France 06300
+33 4 93 62 29 52

Parasol (Le)

Restaurant | "Le Parasol"

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On our last day in Nice, we looked for a simple place to have dinner. We happened upon Le Parasol while walking through the Pedestrian Area (Area Pieton).It has outdoor seating, as well as an indoor dining area, and was one of the few simple (inexpensive) places that had food late at night (most places only had coffee and alcoholic drinks after a certain time, when the kitchens closed). We had eaten a late lunch, so we only ordered two types of Croque Monsieurs, one with brie and ham and one regular cheese and turkey. They came accompanied by a simple salad. They were both delicious. They also offered a variety of coffees and other drinks, but we opted for tap water (l’eau robi...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on April 2, 2006

Parasol (Le)
Pedestrian Zone
Nice, France

Saint Paul de Vence

Attraction | "St. Paul de Vence"

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A short 50-minute bus ride on the 400 bus from Gare Routiere in Nice will place you in one of the most beautiful and charming little town's you will ever visit! St. Paul de Vence is called a “village perché” or perched hilltop village.The ride there is in the direction of Cannes and we saw beautiful views of the countryside. The day was cool and crisp, but sunny. When we got off the bus it was lunch time and we were hungry. We saw the famous and expensive Colombe d’Or restaurant, but opted for the smaller and slightly hidden from view “La Petite Chapelle” restaurant which has great views and even better food. We spent the day walking around the village of St. Paul de Vence, which overl...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on March 28, 2006

Saint Paul de Vence
One hour drive from Cannes
Cannes, France

Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild

Attraction | "Villa et Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild"

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We were told this was a "don't miss" site, and that is certainly true!!From Nice's Gare Routiere bus station we bought two tickets on the 81 bus to Cap Ferrat to see the Villa et Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild, the bus dropped us off right outside the gates. What an amazing day!The Villa et Jardins are an unbelievably ornate and over-the-top belle époque pink confection. It was commissioned by the eccentric Baroness Beatrice Ephrussi de Rothschild in 1912 and took 40 architects seven years to build. She already owned a huge villa in Monaco but loved the natural beauty of Cap Ferrat on the Cote d’Azur, and bought the 7 hectares from under the nose of King Leopold II of Belgium who ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on March 29, 2006

Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild

Saint Jean Cap Ferrat, France 06230
33 4 93 01 33 09

Monaco & Monte Carlo

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Another close day trip from the Gare Routiere bus station in Nice is Monaco. Get tickets for the Tam 100 for Monaco, the trip takes about 30 to 40 minutes and costs €2.60  round trip.The road to Monaco is the road to Menton (city on the border of Italy) and you will pass the picturesque port of Nice along the way.When we arrived in Monaco, we were dropped at the Place d'Armes. The first thing we wanted to see was the Palace (Palais du Prince). Beware! There is a LONG and STEEP walk up a hill to arrive at the gates of the palace, so you must be in shape! The first thing we saw was a statue of the monk. As the story goes, the Grimaldi (royal family of Monaco) began their rul...Read More