Cote d'Azur Journals

Relaxing in the Sun

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A travel journal to Cote d'Azur by TianjinPaul

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Place Rossetti

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Attraction | "The Wrong Colour"

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This popular square in Nice's Old Town is rather poorly named. It's moniker would suggest that it would create a visual or emotional impression that is red or pink. You might expect red buildings or pink facades. However, this is very much not the case. The whole area is a variety of shades of yellow. The facades of almost all of the buildings are yellow - there is a wonderful spectrum ranging from a delicate pastel to a deep bursting canary yellow. It makes for an interesting visual experience. There is hardly a tinge of red to be found.Plaze Rosetti is popular amongst locals and tourists in Nice as a place to relax and enjoy dinner or a drink. I believe that much of this comes from the c...Read More

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Place Rossetti
Old Town/Rue Rosetti Et Rue Centrale
Nice, France 06300

The Beach at St Jean

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There is a passage in Sebastian Faulks's excellent novel 'A Week in December' where one of the lead characters describes the way in which the famed Rothschild dynasty made its fortune. Apparently, a key element of their success was their use of carrier pigeons to ensure they received information from around Europe quickly so that they could be one step ahead of other financiers in their dealings. Quite how accurate this little anecdote was is open to interpretation. However, it certainly had my girlfriend and I wondering whether something so small could help create the splendour upon which we were gazing as we bobbed around in the water.One of the main beaches in St Jean Cap Ferrat - the c...Read More

The Beach at Beaulieu

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As you may have noticed from some of the other entries in my journals, I am forever on the look-out for nice beaches in the Cote d'Azur. This stems from the inadequacies of the beach in Nice (the city in which I live). The sea may be a famously wonderful shade of blue and the city itself may be a truly fantastic holiday destination, but the beach is rocky and can be unbelievably crowded. There are times when there is scarcely room to breathe. Therefore, there are times when my girlfriend and I decide it is time to spread our wings and search for more distant and, more importantly, sandier locales.An easy and convenient place to go is Villefranche. This ticks the two key boxes of being clos...Read More

Le Terrasse at Le Méridien Nice

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Restaurant | "Elevated Expectations"

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In life, hype and expectation have a nasty habit of rendering even the nicest of experiences dissatisfying. For example, during a recent trip to the UK, I found myself hugely disappointed by a visit to Tate Modern and slightly underwhelmed by my trip to the British Museum. Tate Modern left me feeling unimpressed not solely because it had a rather gimmicky and lightweight feel about the place, but also because it had received a fantastic amount of hype in the media and was constantly recommended by my friends who live in London. The British Museum was nowhere near as disappointing, but as I had wished to visit for many years, it could not quite live up to the billing it received in my head....Read More

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Le Terrasse at Le Méridien Nice
1 Promenade Des Anglais
Nice, France
+33 (0)4 97 03 40 36

Pink Coffee

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Restaurant | "Good coffee, but over-priced"

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I have mentioned in other articles that I have written about Nice that the French can have a rather protectionist approach to coffee. They like their espresso done in the Frznch way and can be overtly resistant to the idea of the type of coffee we drink in the UK or US making its way into France. I once discussed this with a colleague of mie who remarked that, "You will never get me to drink that dirty water". For this reason, there are no Starbucks or Costa Coffes in Nice. The vast majority of cafes serve espresso and the rest of us must make do with a less than ginormous cafe au lait or capuccino. I have, in the past, also highlighted the few places where you can get a more international cup of coff...Read More

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Pink Coffee
Zone Pietonns and Promenade des Anglais
Nice, France