Nice Journals

Noveau in Nice

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A travel journal to Nice by TianjinPaul

Quote: First impressions of life on the Cote D'Azur

The Heavens Opened

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If you have read some of the other entries in this journal, you will have seen that I very much enjoy a stroll along the Promenade des Anglais – the road that runs along the sea-front in Nice. You may will have also noticed that I enjoy donning my sneakers and enjoying running parallel to the waters of the Mediterranean. It did not take me long to establish this as one of my weekly rituals of life in the south of France. There are, in fact, few better ways to spend a warm Sunday afternoon.However, as wonderful as the scenery on the Promenade des Anglais can be, there are a few drawbacks to running there. The largest of these is the sheer volume of people. On a balmy Sunday afternoon, not o...Read More

Promenade des Anglais

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Attraction | "Jogging"

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I had been in France around a month. During that period, I had spent an enormous of time enjoying the exceptionally rich local cuisine. As a result, I was beginning to worry about my expanding waistline. To combat this, I tried to eat healthier for a little while. However, with rich cheeses and delicious pates seemingly available at every corner, this plan soon fell by the wayside. I decided then that I would have to fall back on plan B, to get some exercise. Thankfully, Nice is one of the greatest places in the world for joggers. The majority of the city is flat, the temperatures are not excessive and there are plenty of safe areas to put in a few kilometers. By far the best of these is Promenade des...Read More

Promenade des Anglais
Ave de Bellet east to Jean Jaurès Blvd
Nice, France 06000
+33 4 92 14 48 00

Promenade des Anglais

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Attraction | "The Greatest Stroll in the World"

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If you were to ask the question "What is the first thing you should do in Nice?", the answer would be simple. Take a walk along the Promenade Des Anglais. There is nothing that better evokes images of the French Riviera than the palm-lined road that runs along the beach and looks out onto the tranquil waters of the Mediterranean. When I arrived on the Cote D'Azur there was only thing on mind. So, after dumping my bags in the apartment I was renting, I took myself out for an afternoon stroll. I had already had a bit of a taste of the scenery on show when I flew in. My flight had taken a delightful loop into the airport, which provided a wonderful view of the Bay of Nice and the promenade. However, as w...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on April 15, 2011

Promenade des Anglais
Ave de Bellet east to Jean Jaurès Blvd
Nice, France 06000
+33 4 92 14 48 00

Carnival!

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It was a lazy Friday afternoon in the office. My colleagues and I were winding down in preparation for the weekend. As we began to tidy our desks and shut down our computers, one of the receptionists informed us that it was the first night of the carnival and that we ought to go Place Massena – one of the main squares in central Nice – to enjoy the festivities as the first night was free. For the rest of the festival entrance to the main area would be over 20EU. As I am a massive fan of getting something for nothing, I decided that it was a fine idea. So, a small bunch of us marched down Rue de France to enjoy the sights.It proved to be a bizarre evening. The Place was immensely crowded an...Read More
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If I were to ask you to picture the Cote D'Azur and the city of Nice, what images would spring to mind? I would imagine that the first thing to float across your brain would be palm trees, perhaps closely followed by bright blue seas. Then, in quick succession, we might conjure the idea of expensive cars – convertibles with their tops down – or well-dressed locals sporting over-sized sunglasses and Prada handbags. In fairness, you do not need to spend too long in Nice to see all of these. In fact, a brief stroll along the Promenade Des Anglais provides a plentiful supply of them all. However, since moving to Nice, I have noticed that it is not all tres chic. There are a few other things that you might...Read More

Hotel Pastoral

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Hotel | "Strange Contrasts"

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I am never a major fan of either eating or staying too close to a train station. No matter where I venture, it always seems that a city’s main station tends to be a beacon for scams and rip-off’s. For example, some of the worst Chinese food I have ever eaten was close to the stations in Tianjin and Datong. Similarly, I have seen some rather dismal looking places to stay in such areas. However, when I arrived in Nice, I was on a budget and hotels on the Cote D’Azur can be very pricey. Therefore, I took the risk of making an online booking at the Hotel Pastoral. Thankfully, even though the hotel was certainly nothing spectacular, this proved to be far from the worst decision I have ever made....Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on April 15, 2011

Hotel Pastoral
27, rue Assalit
Nice, Provence 06000
33493851722

Flying In

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When I was a small boy and my family went on vacation by plane, I always felt the need to occupy the seat by the window, to gaze out and see the wondrous sights below. As I have grown older – and my legs have grown longer – I have begun to appreciate the value of the greater leg room offered by sitting on the aisle rather than by the window. After several flights across Europe and Asia, I have also concluded that there is rarely too much that is actually worth seeing. However, I changed my mind just a little as I arrived on the Cote D’Azur and my flight made its final approach to Nice Airport.As I had booked my flight just a couple of days before departure, I had been unable to reserve and...Read More