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Nice, a must see when in France!

A travel journal to Nice by Fredrick

Restaurant Le Byblos Photo, Nice, France More Photos
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Nice, a must see when in France!

Overview

Opera house on the Promenade Photo, Nice, France
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Vieux Nice, or Old Town Nice is a must see. I live here and I love this place. The city is famous for its beach which you can't really miss.

Quick Tips:

Like everywhere else: Go where the locals go! The tourist traps on "Cours Saleya" are just that! There are of course exceptions to the rule, but beware! More about that later. And, a cheap beach is often just as good as an expensive one. Hey, a chair is a chair...

Best Way To Get Around:

Public transportation is a breeze here. Watch out for suicidal drivers and purse snatching vespas (not as bad as it sounds, but stick to common sense!).

Hotel Suisse

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Hotel

Hotel Suisse Photo, Nice, France
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Hotel Suisse is a three star establishment with no frills. It''s clean, has a nice bed, a mini bar and a TV in each room. The bathroom isn''t top modern but functional. What it does have is location! And view! This has got te be the nicest view in all of Nice. You can see the whole promenade, all of the beach, and I mean all! All the way to the airport. It''s a stone''s throw from Cours Saleya and the elevator up to the Fort is literally in the same building. Since your not here to stay in your room, just use it to sleep or for other activities confined to the bed area. I would pick this hotel over all the others. If you''re loaded you can always check out hotel Negresco, further away on ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on December 17, 2001

Hotel Suisse
15 Quai Rauba Capeu
Nice, France 06300
33-4-92173900

Cours Saleya

Restaurant | "Restaurants in general"

Cours Saleya Photo, Nice, France
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Cours Saleya is an incredible place to get some of the Nice atmosphere. It is in the heart of Old Nice, and is chock full of restaurants and it’s the place to see or be seen on weekends. As with many of these "tourist traps" around the world, there are a few things to look out for: No people at rush hour = not so good. Tons of locals = probably good IF you like the local fare. Tons of tourists = probably a combination of good price, at least semi-good food and service. They have some great seafood here, but please beware! It's not everywhere just because you're close to water. This is mainly, at least according to my taste buds, a snack and drink location. You be the judges of that. It’s the sam...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on December 16, 2001

Cours Saleya
Cours Saleya
Nice, France

Cafe des Artistes

Restaurant

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This is by far the worst restaurant experience I’ve had here. After sitting at our table for half an hour, with promises such as "be right with you", "just a second" etc. we were able to give our drink orders. Another half an hour passed and a guy, who on top of everything thought he was REALLY funny, came up and explained that they where a bit under staffed, which truly was an understatement. Finally our drinks arrived, served by a woman who couldn’t stop sneezing... in our drinks. We started to sample the wine while she laid down the cutlery. One of our party asked her if there was a problem and she broke down in tears. Turns out she was Swedish, as was half of our group, and that her boss was angry...Read More

Member Rating 1 out of 5 on December 16, 2001

Cafe des Artistes
Cours Saleya/Vieux Nice
Nice, France

Restaurant Le Byblos

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Restaurant

Restaurant Le Byblos Photo, Nice, France
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A block a way from the beginning of Cours Saleya is the Place du Palais, with Palais being the Justice Palace, located here. The street bordering the north side of the square is the Rue de la Préfecture, where you can find several restaurants. One I particularly like is the Byblos, serving Mediterranean fare from mainly the eastern part of the sea. A little Greek, a little Lebanese and some other dishes from the countries between Nice and Byblos the city, located in Lebanon. Try a mixed kebab and some Lebanese wine. Who says you have to eat French, when in France? Lebanese meals are about sharing -- order some hummus, yogurt, taboule and pita bread with your meal and share around the table. The...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on December 17, 2001

Restaurant Le Byblos
Rue de la Préfecture
Nice, France
04 93 92 92 32

Musee Matisse de Nice

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Attraction | "Matisse Museum"

Musee Matisse de Nice Photo, Nice, France
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The Matisse Museum is in an area called Cimiez. This is where the rich people live in fantastic buildings and this is also where you find the old Roman Ruins. In fact, the museum is on the same grounds as the Ruins so you have several reasons to go up here. I went to the museum with very high expectations. Although he was not originally from Nice, he spent a lot of time painting here and had a studio in a beautiful building at the end of the Cours Saleya. There are sketches, oils and sculptures dominating this exhibition, housed in this red-ochre, 17th-century villa standing in the middle of an olive grove. The museum is open from 10am to 6pm, April to September (otherwise to 5pm). The exhibi...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on December 17, 2001

Musee Matisse de Nice
164, Avenue Des Arènes De Cimiez
Cimiez, France 06000
+33 4 93 81 08 08

Christmas Shopping (2001)

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Red carpet treatment Photo, Nice, France
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Christmas (2001) is right around the corner, and this is my first Christmas in this city. It doesn’t differ all that much from other X-mas hyped cities around the world, except for the fact that all of a sudden, a day comes along when you can wear shorts - well, almost. There are palm trees instead of X-mas trees (although they try hard to put up trees and spray them with fake snow… oohhh so tacky). This particular year there’s not only X-mas and New Year's to celebrate. No, on January 1st, France proudly joins the "EMU" or "European Monetary Union", and thus accepts the Euro as their currency. Therefore the city is decked out with X-mas regalia incorporating the Euro, one way or another. This is ...Read More

Money exchange

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Exchange in Jean Médecin  Photo, Nice, France
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As anywhere else, you should think twice before exchanging your hard earned cash here. A lot of the plain looking exchange offices charge an arm and a leg to change your cash into Francs, or in a month's time, into Euros. Check what kind of rate you get from your bank before leaving home. Once here, DO NOT change money at your hotel or at an exchange office where you have not asked for fees first. I have used three offices in Nice. One is located between the Opera and Cours Saleya (on the left if you come from the Opera). No commission there. The one on place Massena has rude staff and takes a large chunk of your money. Instead, if you are in this neighborhood, walk a block north, past Galeries Lafaye...Read More

Nice and the Nicoise

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People in Cours Saleya Photo, Nice, France
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Nice is the gateway to the Riviera. From here you quickly and easily go to Cannes, St Tropez, Monaco and into Italy. Among the French, Nice is, from what I gather after a mere 6 months here, frowned upon. It seems they think that this is a place of constant vacation, which it is to a point. "Mañana attitude" grows larger the further south you travel. That has always been my rule of thumb, and this really is no exception. If you ask for a quote on a service in Paris, they are very efficient and are keen on doing business. In Nice, the same thing can take weeks, if they get back at all! But this is also charming! Can you imagine a better place to be on vacation? Well, of course your hotel staff shou...Read More

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Fredrick

Fredrick
Nice, France

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