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Europe » France » Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur » Nice October 18th 2019

Time to leave our lovely Nice. The holiday within the holiday. The tram system has made a huge difference to the city...very efficient with one arriving every three minutes. Jean Medecin with it's beautiful shops with beautiful prices (way too much for us)! Fantastic beaches, charm of the oldtown history, flowers, fruit & veg markets, easy access & frequency to the outer regions by bus or train.....Antibes, Cannes, Biot, Cagnes sur Mer, Grasse, St Paul du Vence, Vence, Entrevaux, Villefranche, Saint Jean cap Ferrat, Beaulieu, Monaco, and Menton on the Ventimigllia border to Italy. Tram to the airport...still no hold luggage so straight to Departure Security with our online boarding passes. Moving the whole time between EU countries, so no checks on arrival, just as you depart. Cuts at least 2 hours off the trip & ... read more
Lunch spot in Rome

Europe » France » Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur » Nice October 15th 2019

Rain & thunder...we've been so lucky with the weather! Ventured out in what we thought was in between & got caught in a huge downpour! Paying special attention now to what the locals are wearing. Afternoon eased off enough for a walk into Ville Veux (oldtown) & Jean Medecin. ... read more
Eglise Sainte Jeanne d'Arc

Europe » France » Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur » Nice October 14th 2019

On Friday, October 11, we departed our lovely apartment in L'Isle-sur-la-Sorgue heading for Nice. We first had to stop at McDonalds to get WiFi since we had been incommunicado overnight and knew our family would be wondering if we were still alive. LOL!! It was a beautiful sunny, warm day and our trip was approximately 250 Km. Again most of the journey was on the motorway and our toll for this trip was 22.10E. We exited the motorway onto the Promenade de Anglais which took us past the modern airport, along the Mediterranean and into the city. The address of our apartment was 10 Rue Centrale in Vieux Nice and we were hoping to drop our belongings at the apartment before returning the car at around 5 PM. We contacted the landlady who was to meet ... read more

Europe » France » Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur » Nice July 25th 2019

We spent a week in Nice, France as a family. Another cheap/short flight from Geneva. We then caught the tram into Nice town and found our apartment in the old town of Nice. It was crowded which we were expecting and still experiencing the heat wave, but luckily it wasn't as hot as other parts of Europe. We walked up Castle Hill near our house, we wanted to catch the elevator but we thought it opened at 10am not 9am. Murray and the girls went later in the week to go on the ancient lift. It was beautiful up the top, with sweeping views of Nice old town and the beach. There is a beautiful waterfall at the top, which we figured out we could actually see from near our apartment. We enjoyed swimming at the ... read more
Working out the least crowded place to swim, Nice
Castle hill, Nice

Europe » France » Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur » Nice November 11th 2017

They celebrate nationwide here 'Armistice Day' with parades, flag waving, wreath laying and prayer at the memorials. Nice's Memorial sits under Du Chateau hill on the Port Lympia. It can be seen if you are driving into Nice on the high Corniche road and from sea if you are approaching the harbour. In Paris, an unknown soldier was placed in the chapel of the Arc de Triomphe then later buried under the Arc and an eternal flame has burned on the tomb under the Arc since 1920. We stayed away from the gatherings as per advice of ''. It is significant that Grandad Stanley served in Ypres (near Belgium) and returned home to start a family. The 'Allblacks' playing France tonight in Paris - wearing the poppy. We can clearly see there is a huge spread ... read more
Nice War Memorial

Europe » France » Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur » Nice November 6th 2017

Bonjour, il pleut aujourd'hui! Raincoats on and we had to get outside for a walk. A 'little' incident (smoke alarm) with a 'big' response further up the main street. I don't blame them one bit (when they are having to deal with apartments) for blocking off 3 blocks. All sorted by the time we got back. A walk up to Place St Maurice noting the now vacant Le Ray block will be reinstated with a training football field and a park for residents to enjoy. All the surrounding residents will be pleased they will now get a great view over the park and not into the back of some stadium. A little drizzle and a cool breeze coming off the Alpes. Snow on some of the Alpes which we will get to see when we fly ... read more
On the street
Turkish influence?
The plan..

Europe » France » Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur » Nice November 5th 2017

We didn't step outside the door once today - even though it rained and thundered in the night and then didn't rain again until the afternoon. The annual Nice to Cannes marathon along the water front was at 8am and we decided to stay away. They were lucky with the weather. The thunder is back! St Maurice, the district we are in, housed the Le Ray Stadium until this week as we have watched it being demolished. There is a new OCG Stadium up the Var valley they can continue to host International football games. I remember Le Ray also housed clay tennis courts. Nice is part of the Grand Prix Circuit a build up to the French Open tournament. We have been entertained by the ClayTennis courts we can see from our lounge window. They ... read more

Europe » France » Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur » Nice October 26th 2017

Took an alternate route from our place for a nosy around. There are some absolutely beautiful buildings in Nice. I would say even more have been restored since last time we were here in 2013. It's very clean and tidy for such a big city....342,000 pop.(& together outside it's administrative area 1 million). We found the Russian Orthodox Church...third time lucky we got to enter! No photos allowed but it was all very ornately gold & a service in progress. Made our way onto the waterfront, always a lovely stroll along the promenade. We stopped at Lido Plage and down to the water. The water was so calm people were swimming imaginary lengths along the shoreline....or I imagined they did.. We headed into the old town - Veux Ville where all the alfresco diners were filling ... read more
Nice - Russian Orthodox Church
Baie de Anges - calm
Nice pebbly beach

Europe » France » Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur » Nice October 24th 2017

Fabulous to be here...a real mooch around day in Nice We could have trammed our way down Rue Jean Medecin, however we decided to walk... Market day 6 days a week from Place Liberation. Walked right down to Place Messina which became more and more pedestrian orientated. Lovely sunny day and on through Parc Promenade du Paillon and out to the Promenade des Anglais. Some people swimming. School holidays here so lots of people about. Around the promenade to the port and was totally shocked to see a gigantic structure at the base of the port right in front of the beautiful buildings. The tram finishes here and turns around to circut again... I could not believe it! And so I shouldn't have... it is temporary as they dig underground!! It is not their style to ... read more
Markets in Place Liberation
Place Liberation
Rue Jean Medecin

Europe » France » Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur » Nice October 23rd 2017

Early start...still dark....jackets n scarves... Around the corner to the free bus....onto the train station through the police security bag check...'do you have knives?'.... Met a kiwi couple and had a chat for 10 mins before we were off to platform 2 for the 8.25. An hour trip to Marsielle St Charles Gare and had 5mins exactly to get to our train on another platform...just... A 2 3/4 hr trip through the lovely Cote d'Azur ....Toulon, Frejus, san Raphael, Cannes, Antibes.. Arrived to Nice Gare and across the street to the Ligne Office to purchase our public transport tickets (10 trips for 10€). Onto Rue Jean Medecine to catch the next tram up to 4th stop Gorbella...1 min walk to our apartment on Rue Paul Bounin. 1/4 to 1 we met our substitute host...melvins sister... We ... read more
Lounge ready

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