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Posted Nov 2018 in Go & Do

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Cagnes Sur Mer

A seaside town between Nice and Antibes with unbeatable picturesque views, Cagnes sur Mer is a hidden gem. The town is most famed for the Musée Renoir (link to phoebe’s art Renoir blog post), as well as the below.

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Posted Nov 2018 in Go & Do located in: Massena

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Librarie Acropole

Booklovers will adore this cosy and charming enclave located just off Place Massena. Spend a few minutes with the owner and you’ll see he’s clearly infatuated with all things literary. It’s a friendly place for bookworms and there’s always someone on hand to help you choose from the well-curated array of books.

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Posted Nov 2018 in Eats & Drinks located in: Massena

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Chez Olive

Cool without being pretentious, you’ll enjoy Chez Olive’s chic interior space. Moss covered walls, slick bar stools, and comfortable armchairs all from which you can enjoy traditional Provencal food such as ravioli and focaccia, beef daube and cod fillets. There’s enough for vegetarians, and portions are generous and the ingredients high-quality.

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Posted Nov 2018 in Go & Do located in: Massena

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Promenade du Paillon

Unveiled in 2013. the Promenade du Paillon is the result of an extensive (and expensive) renovation project which transformed a run-down bus station in to the natural oasis that it is today.

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Posted Nov 2018 in Go & Do located in: Promenade

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Park Phoeni

Parc Phoenix is a godsend for families, particularly with young children. Parking is easy (and free for 2 hours), the entrance fee cheap (€5pp, and free for < 12yrs) and once inside, your little ones’ boundless energy can be safely unleashed. It will be several hours before boredom sets in. There’s a playground, small petting zoo, aquarium as well as the famous Diamant Vert pyramid.

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Posted Nov 2018 in Guest Info

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Important Information

We understand that our guests can sometimes feel a bit disorientated and all over the place, especially if it’s your first time in Nice. Luckily, Nice is an easy city to navigate around when the unexpected happens, and we’re also here to help if needed.

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Posted Nov 2018 in Eats & Drinks, Go & Do, Guest Info

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Christmas

Fed up of spending your Christmas day in cold, drizzly weather? Come and soak up some soak up some winter sun, and enjoy the festivities in Nice and the French Riviera. There’s plenty to do from the Christmas markets to traditional swims in the Med.

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Posted Nov 2018 in Guest Info

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Recycling

Not all heroes wear capes – some just know how to properly separate their recycling. France happens to be far behind a lot of other developed countries in its recycling habits (with under 25% of household waste recycled in France, much lower than the Europe’s average which is over 30% ¹), so let’s not add to the problem. Once you know what can / cannot be recycled and how to do it, it’s easy! To help you on your way, we’ve provided some simple recycling guidelines to follow during your stay in Nice.

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Posted Nov 2018 in Guest Info

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Need a ride?

If you’re expecting to leave a bar and hail a black or yellow cab (or any colour in-between), prepare for a shock. Nice taxis are very regulated and it’s a mean feat to hail anything bigger than a cycle-taxi on the promenade.

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Posted Nov 2018 in Go & Do located in: Carre d'Or, Gambetta, Promenade

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Spa in Nice

Are you in need of some Climatotherapy? Probably…if only you knew what it was? Well, tell your boss you simply must head down to the French Riviera as your doctor has signed you off for a course of Climatotherapy – warm weather therapy - which has actually been a thing since the 17th century. Your boss still not convinced? Well perhaps throw in that even author Robert Louis Stevenson, was prescribed the French Riviera when he was a mere 12 year-old lad and Treasure Island wasn’t written yet. So, to get back that mojo, you must simply go. Right now.

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Posted Nov 2018 in Go & Do located in: Carre d'Or, Promenade

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Glamorous history inside a billionaire's palace (Musée Massena image courtesy of Nice Tourisme)

Born into French Riviera aristocracy, Prince Victor d’Essling built Nice’s finest pleasure palace next door to the Hotel Negresco. It now serves as the city's history museum.

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Posted Nov 2018 in Go & Do located in: Old Town, Promenade

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Roll over Beethoven: Nice's Opera House rocks (photo courtesy of Opéra de Nice)

The Nice Opera House blings like an Emirati throne room. That’s because it was designed by architects Charles Garnier (the brains behind the Casino de Monte-Carlo) and François Aune (who studied under frequent Nice resident Gustave Eiffel, of Tower fame).

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Posted Nov 2018 in Go & Do located in: Etoile

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A star-studded line-up of shops awaits at Nice Etoile

Nice Etoile could have easily dated into a naff mall that hocked velour pantalons. Fortunately Nice's premier shopping centre offers sushi and smoothies, plus free WiFi and 24-hour parking.

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Posted Nov 2018 in Go & Do

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Traditional architecture and contemporary culture meet at the Villa Arson

The Villa Arson hasn’t stopped pioneering since 1970. It remains a cultural hybrid of arts university and museum, where it showcases the experimental output of students past and present.

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Posted Nov 2018 in Go & Do located in: Port

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Galerie Lympia: a former prison flipped into Nice's newest art space

Nice’s newest art space has a history as colourful as the city itself. In 2017 this former prison became an unlikely venue for gloriously uplifting art.

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Posted Nov 2018 in Guest Info

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Troubleshooting: Common tech issues during your stay

To quote The IT Crowd, “Have you tried turning it off and on again?” Without meaning to be flippant, this is probably the first question we ask if you contact us via phone or email to report a fault, and statistically, it solves some 30% of issues immediately.

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Posted Nov 2018 in Guest Info located in: Carre d'Or, Etoile, Gambetta, Massena, Musiciens, Old Town, Port, Promenade

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Pharmacies

The French are proud of their pharmacies. Though they don’t offer glitzy eyeshadow or sell super-cheap meal deals à la Boots, French pharmacy has well trained pharmacists (quasi-doctors for simple maladies) and are well-stocked with all manner of pills and potions for every conceivable ailment. Many speak very good English, and most will try to help you overcome any language barrier.

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