Cote d'Azur Journals

A Visit from Dad

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A travel journal to Cote d'Azur by TianjinPaul

Quote: A week in the Cote d'Azur with my father in tow

Hotel Dante

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Hotel | "Great Budget Option"

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It was a cold Wednesday evening when I father called me and informed me that he would be coming to visit me in Nice - at rather short notice – and would need somewhere to stay. As my girlfriend and I live in a studio apartment, he couldn't really come to stay with us. So, I needed to find him a hotel. As he is a true Yorkshireman (like myself) he is not keen on over-paying for anything. This presented me something of a problem as I searched accommodation options as value is not something you find readily on the Cote d'Azur.To find the best deal for my dad, I went online and compared the hotels in Nice. As I expected, finding good value was difficult. On IgoUgo (Of course) and Trivago I was succ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 3, 2013

Hotel Dante
12 Rue Andrioli
Nice, Provence 06000
866-539-0036

Snug And Cellar

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Restaurant | "Actually Quite Irish"

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It was a moment of revelation and of wonder. I literally stopped in my tracks and stared in amazement. I had just entered The Snug, an Irish pub in Nice's Old, Town and I was genuinely amazed to find that it was actually Irish. Anyone who has ever read any of my journals will know that 'Irish' pubs that are not particularly Irish and use an Irish moniker just to attract customers is one of my greatest pet peeves. Thus, when I entered The Snug and was enveloped by its atmosphere, I was mightily impressed.The Snug's authenticity worked on all of the senses. However, I will begin with the most direct of these: sight. A large chunk of Irish pubs seem to follow a rather formulaic approach. They opt f...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 3, 2013

Snug And Cellar
22 Rue Droite
Nice, France
09 63 08 02 12

Cours Saleya Antique Market

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Attraction | "A Great Surprise"

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Even today, I can still recall the emotional pain and boredom I endured for a large part of my formative as I was dragged around countless antique fairs and bric-a-brac stores by parents who were desperately trying to 'unearth a hidden gem'. We seemed to do this almost every weekend when we were at home in England and, as I recall, it also took up a large chunk of time when we took vacations to Normandy and Brittany in Northern France. It still pains me that I lost hours of valuable time to antiquing, when I could have been on the beach or shopping for French football (soccer) shirts.If I am honest, I feel that I need to admit that I no longer have such a vehement dislike of antiquing. In fact, ...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on April 3, 2013

Cours Saleya Antique Market
Cours Saleya
Nice, France

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It was my father's last full day in Nice and, up until that point, we had been hamstrung somewhat by the weather. It had rained for a the few days preceding it, which meant we had not really been able to enjoy some of the outdoor scenery on the Cote d'Azur. Instead, we had been limited to galleries and museums in which we could shelter from the incessant rain. However, on the morning before he left, there seemed to be a chink in the clouds. So, we decided to venture out.Truth be told, we were not hugely optimistic about our chances. We both felt that the clouds would reassert themselves in the afternoon and we would find ourselves drenched. So, we went for the safe option in the morning by visit...Read More

Parfumerie Molinard

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Attraction | "Good smell, but little substance"

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It is often common in the UK to talk about a town being built on the industry for which it is most renowned. There are several great examples of this. My hometown of Sheffield is often described as being built on the steel industry – although, sadly, little remains nowadays. Stoke, which is famed for its ceramics is even often labelled the Potteries. There is also, of course, Newcastle which is heralded for its coal and created the phrase 'Coals to Newcastle' (A common phrase used in the UK at least)The town of Grasse, which is located at the foot of the French Alps is also built on one particular area. However, its main sector is far less traditionally industrial. Instead, it focuses on perfume...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on April 3, 2013

Parfumerie Molinard
60 bd. Victor-Hugo
Provence, France