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Online Guide to Nice & French Riviera

Posted Jan 2019 in Muse Mag

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Mastering the French language

It may be world-renowned as the language of love, but it’s also a universal truth that learning French can unfortunately be a labour of love. Our English roots leave us lazy, it seems everyone speaks English and so we’ve never had to make the effort to be understood. Yet, grasping even just the basics of the French language can be life-enhancing to enjoying more of the world you visit.

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Posted Jan 2019 in Muse Mag

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Step 3: Keep with it

To become fluent, you must find a continuation method of learning. Once back home, commitment and practise are key. If you are not using the language you will get rusty, and though it will all be there somewhere, your brain won’t access it quickly enough to converse and you’ll sadly lose your French flare.

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Posted Jan 2019 in Muse Mag

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Bring French into your home

Well done if you’ve taken the time and effort to go to classes and join groups. We bet you’re asking yourself “How am I not fluent yet?!’”. Everyone who learns a second language after the age of 10 has been here, but to further your language learning you must go that extra mile and try bringing French into your home. Try having a conversation every day in French in your maison.

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Posted Jan 2019 in Muse Mag

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French courses & living like a local

One of the first fundamental steps to learning French is taking a French course. With bucket-loads to choose from, here’s a selection we can recommend. Most offer accommodation, but (and of course, we’d say this – but promise it’s true) none as good as Pebbles. The smart language learner pays for the course but books their accommodation with Pebbles.

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Posted Jan 2019 in Go & Do

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Museums on French Riviera

Full of cultural heritage, art and design, the French Riviera is one of Europe’s best destinations for world-class museums. From Archaeology to Perfumery, the Cote d’Azur truly does not disappoint on the museum front and has something for everyone, not surprising as there are over 40 of them. The MAMAC contemporary art museum and the Musée Massena history museum (hyperlink to blog post) are just a couple that are worth a visit whilst holidaying with us, but why not hop on a train and explore what the rest of the French Riviera has to offer? If you plan to visit several museums during your stay, or for our long-term guests, the tourism office offers a Côte d’Azur Card or a Pass Musées de Nice (hyperlink to blog post on this) which allows you access to various museums at a reduced cost.

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Posted Dec 2018 in Guest Info

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Check-out 12 noon as standard

At Pebbles, all our guests are VIPs – that’s very important Pebbles. You lovely bunch are also unique and we know one service does not fit all. We always try and go the extra mile to ensure your holiday needs are fulfilled. As well as being on-hand for all queries by phone and email, guests are more than welcome to pop into our office located at 37 Rue de L’Hotel des Postes to ask any questions; whether it be about your Pebbles apartment or local information.

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Posted Dec 2018 in Go & Do

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Tennis in Monte Carlo

Held in the dream destination of Roquebrune-Cap-Martin, a real treat is to combine a stay with us with the Rolex-Monte Carlo Masters For 2019 it will take place between 13th- 21st of April.

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Posted Dec 2018 in Eats & Drinks located in: Massena, Old Town

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Easy five a day

This cute almost hole-in-the-wall, located at 16 Boulevard Jean Jaurès offers juices, smoothies and take-away pots of nutritious food including raw food cakes. What makes it a little different is the owners know all things nutritious and are happy to chat in English and French about how you can heal from what you put into your body-temple. For an area where vegan food, or “free from” isn’t as accessible as other areas, this is a god-send for some.

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Posted Dec 2018 in Eats & Drinks located in: Massena, Old Town

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Italian eats on Jean Jaures

As well, as Sushi, Jean Jaures is a foodie heaven for those pizza and pasta carbs. Since Nice’s history makes the town a hybrid of Italian and French, you’re never far away from Italian cuisine, of varying quality.

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Posted Dec 2018 in Eats & Drinks located in: Old Town

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Sushi Restaurants Jean Jaures, Nice

We’ve no idea why, but over the years Jean Jaurès has been taken over by Sushi. The boulevard is home to three sushi shops, Planet Sushi, Sushi Lune and Le Kobé, each with their own twist.

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Posted Dec 2018 in Go & Do located in: Old Town

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Nice's main market: Le Cours Saleya

The sovereign of the Old Town, Le Cours Saleya is a fully pedestrianised street parallel to Quai d’Etats Unis and the end of the Promenade. You haven’t really been to Nice, if you leave without meandering around this area both during the day and at dusk – or even late into the night. You don’t have to buy anything, there are plenty who just soak up the atmosphere, colours and scents on offer, or watch others doing the same from one of the pavement cafes, bars or restaurants.

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Posted Nov 2018 in Go & Do located in: Massena

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Books: Acropole, Jean Jaures Nice

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, Felix Faures Nice

Cool without being pretentious, here 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.

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Posted Nov 2018 in Go & Do located in: Massena

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Nice's Paillon parc

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 Phoenix in Nice

Parc Phoenix is a godsend for families. There’s a playground, small petting zoo, aquarium as well as the famous Diamant Vert pyramid. It's easy to get to - just near Nice airport.

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

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Enjoy Christmas in Nice

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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English speaking doctors and dentists in Nice

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 Guest Info

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Disposal of plastic and glass

Not all heroes wear capes – some just know how to properly separate their recycling. 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 Go & Do located in: Carre d'Or, Promenade

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Musée Massena image: 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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Image: 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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Star-studded shops of 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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Contemporary culture: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: prison to arthouse

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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Electrics & appliances

We absolutely agree with Anne Lamont’s second truth: “almost everything will work again if you unplug it for a few minutes…including you”. (Anne Lamont - 12 truths I learnt from life and writing)

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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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