Cote d'Azur Journals

Some Nice Things to See and Do

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A travel journal to Cote d'Azur by TianjinPaul

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Valberg Ski Station

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Attraction | "Not For Novices"

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My skiing experience began in some rather impressive climes. I started to learn in the Adirondack Mountains in and around Lake Placid, where the Olympics were held in 1932 and 1984. Therefore, I had the opportunity to ski on some of the best pistes in North America. White Face, where the majority of skiing events in 1984 were held was particularly fearsome. Sadly, my skiing skills did not match the locale and I fell on my ass and on my face repeatedly. However, since then, I have skied off and on for ten years and have managed to elevate my level from incompetent to a little above adequate. Therefore, when I moved to Nice, I knew it would be a good idea to sample some of the slopes in the southern Alp...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on June 12, 2013

Museum of Asian Arts

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Attraction | "Forget the Permanent Stuff"

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The Asian Art Museum in nice is a strange beast. I would argue that those who visit it with any sort of purpose would rarely go to see its permanent displays. I have been three or four times and on each occasion I have found the collections on show rather underwhelming. However, I could easily see why people would enjoy visiting in order to enjoy the museum's architecture or to sample some of the fantastic temporary installations to which it plays host. On my first visit to the museum in 2011, I was very excited. Having lived in China, Korea and Mongolia, I was hoping for some fantastic exhibits featuring art from those places. I was disappointed. The ground floor houses permanent collections fr...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on March 23, 2013

Museum of Asian Arts
405, Promenade Des Anglais, Arenas
Nice, France 06200

Théâtre de la Photographie

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Attraction | "Double Exposure"

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I first visited this emphatically named gallery/museum in the summer of 2012 with my girlfriend. And, we were rather impressed by the whole place. As you might expect, there was a fantastic collection of photography on show. The majority of this had a fantastic local flavour with several shots of the Promenade des Anglais taken during stormy weather that were hugely impressive as well as a series by a local artist that placed people doing bizarre things in routine places across the city – a man playing a piano in the middle of the road for example. I then tried to visit again when my mother came to Nice in the autumn, but the gallery was closed for renovation. The gallery re-opened again in the ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on March 23, 2013

Théâtre de la Photographie
22, Boulevard Dubouchage
Nice 06000
+33 4 92 04 99 70

Stuck in the Alps

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My girlfriend can, at times, be of of what you might describe as a nervous disposition. Therefore, when we decided to go skiing in the French Alps, she was a little worried about the drive. When we visited the gas station the night before our trip, she was astounded that I only put 20 Euros in the tank. I assured her that our Toyota Yaris provided excellent mileage and that we would easily be able to get back on the amount I had put in. Her response shocked me a little bit."But what happens if we get stuck in the mountains on the trip back. We will need lots of petrol so that we can use the heater in the car".I almost burst out laughing at her. We were heading to Valberg, which is one of t...Read More

Into the Mountains

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It was pure coincidence that my girlfriend and I decided to experience one of the most spectacular roads in Europe. We had decided to take a trip into the mountains to go skiing. We were not particularly sure where to go. We had three major choices that were accessible from our base in Nice: Isola 2000, Auron and Valberg. Our initial idea had been to go to Isola, but when we found a cheap ski-rental store in Valberg, we decided to change our plans. We did not know it at the time, but it also gave us the opportunity to experience a little bit of the Routre des Grandes Alpes.To give a little bit of background on the road, it was started way back in 1909 by the French Touring Club in order to creat...Read More

Chinatown

Restaurant | "Supremely Good"

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As anyone who has read a significant amount of my blogs will realise, I lived in China for just over four years and absolutely loved the experience. I still look back on it with great fondness and miss several aspects of the country itself and the culture. Obviously, one major part of that is the food. Naturally, whenever I get the opportunity to eat Chinese food now that I am back in the western world, I take it. Most of the time, though, it does not meet my expectations. It is very difficult to find authenticity and 'real' Chinese food that has not been tailored to fit the tastes of European palates.In many ways, Chinatown fitted in with the pattern of getting food that is not 100% Chinese. It...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on March 23, 2013