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Posted on 5th Sep 2018 12:19:43 in Go & Do located in: Port

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It's a blast! Join the early summer fun at Nice's Fête du Port

Families, gourmands and all-night revellers flock to Nice harbour for the Fête du Port. During the city’s largest free festival, the area hosts sound stages, food trucks and alfresco wine depots.

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Posted on 5th Sep 2018 12:14:43 in Go & Do

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Giant lemon sculptures squeeze into Menton town centre in winter (image courtesy of www.fete-du-citron.com)

Menton scoops the prize for the sunniest town in France. Little wonder it boasts an annual citrus carnival offering winter zest to 150,000 visitors.

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Posted on 5th Sep 2018 12:07:40 in Go & Do located in: Old Town, Port

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Think La La Land not The Expendables 4 at Nice's intimate Cinema Mercury

The Mercury is Nice’s leading cinema for independent, English-language and version originale films. That means intimate screening rooms, but no popcorn or 3-D spectaculars.

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Posted on 24th Jul 2018 10:42:42 in Eats & Drinks located in: Promenade

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Le Chantecler in Negresco

With its two Michelin stars, is one of those places you might overlook until a very special occasion arises. Life’s too short! Go now – it’s a fab experience, if you can get in that is, early-bird booking is essential (it took us three attempts before we secured a table for four).

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Posted on 19th Jul 2018 14:13:27 in Eats & Drinks located in: Musiciens

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Alounak

Alounak prides itself on the hearty meals suitable for most eating genres: vegan, vegetarian, gluten-free friendly and carnivores (though meat dishes are a token few – the flip side of a standard restaurant). So, as the owner says himself, it’s a restaurant for vegans who have non-vegan friends. The owner is a vegan, and is very happy to talk vegan, but also happy in the company of meat-eaters too. It’s just good honest food, from an owner with a similar personality.

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Posted on 19th Jul 2018 14:04:56 in Eats & Drinks located in: Musiciens

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Pékin Restaurant

Perhaps the best restaurant of its kind in Nice, Pékin is an absolute must for vegans and vegetarians. Think a three course-all-you-can-eat Chinese buffet-style meal but with a twist. The restaurant has been around a long time, but converted to being fully vegetarian in 2017. Where a dish is vegan, you’ll see a sign on the menu (over 50% of the offerings are).

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Posted on 18th Jul 2018 13:46:39 in Eats & Drinks located in: Etoile

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Big Fernand

Big in name and Big in flavour, Big Fernand is the place to be for burger lovers staying in Nice. Kid friendly.

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Posted on 16th Jul 2018 13:32:10 in Go & Do

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A train through Nice's wild side (credit Nice Tourisme)

The Train des Merveilles is just that: a ‘Train of Marvels’. Little known to tourists, the line loops north from Nice-Ville station deep into the Italian Alps. Best of all, it connects a dozen oh-so-cute French villages en route.

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Posted on 12th Jul 2018 12:32:34 in Go & Do located in: Massena, Promenade

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The worlds’ first jazz festival (yes in Nice not the USA!) celebrates its 70th birthday in 2018. It is set to be bigger and better than ever. Nice Jazz Festival is one of the French Riviera’s unmissable events and aims to bring over 60,000 music lovers to Nice over the second week of July.

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Posted on 7th Jul 2018 15:04:15 in Eats & Drinks located in: Port

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Au Vieux Four in Port

Often hailed as the best pizzeria in Nice, Au Vieux Four is not one to miss. Cooked in the “Vieux Four” (old oven) these pizzas are baked to perfection. Chef Pascal Fritsch was awarded for his Pizza Campagnarde, the best pizza in the Côte d’Azur, and the second best pizza in France for 2006. We know that’s a long time ago now, and Pascal isn’t always at the furnace anymore, but it’s still very, very good. In peak months, you’ll struggle to get a table if you go after 8pm, especially at weekends, but they can take reservations and speak enough English for you to call and book.

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Posted on 7th Jul 2018 14:59:56 in Eats & Drinks located in: Port

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L’Ane Rouge in Port

Almost a Port institution, this restaurant has been Michelin starred for years, and remains so for 2018. It’s also well regarded by Conde Nast traveller’s guide, and others. For a special occasion, this is a gourmet treat, high on flavour with superior presentation. With its port-side location, it’s speciality is of course fish; the John Dory fish in scaled potatoes with diced peppers, olives and anchovy is a pebbles-staff favourite. Chef Michel Devillers is one of the best in the game and never fails to produce new combinations, the menu changes often, largely governed by what’s been caught that day.

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Posted on 7th Jul 2018 14:53:41 in Eats & Drinks located in: Port

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Peixes in Port

If you’re fancying top quality fresh seafood but don’t want to head over to the Port, then Peixies (pronounced ‘pesh’) is the place for you. Just a minute from Place Massena, with a great vibe in the evening in this part of town, this restaurant is a must for the fish lovers!

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Posted on 7th Jul 2018 14:24:45 in Eats & Drinks located in: Etoile, Massena, Old Town

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Emilie's Cookies

Connoisseurs of bagels, quiches and of course, cookies, Emilie's Cookies is one of the hottest spots along the Riviera for brunching and lunching.

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Posted on 7th Jul 2018 14:16:46 in Eats & Drinks located in: Old Town

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Stuzzico in the Old Town

It might just look like a hole in the wall but it’s much more exciting than that. Stuzzico’s is one of the best places to find Italian food in Nice and handily located – just off Rue de la Préfecture – which you may or may not know, is home to many of the bars in Nice. So if you find yourself there and you’d like a quick bite before calling it a night, join the swaying queues here.

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Posted on 4th Jul 2018 16:13:26 in Go & Do

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Want to paint like Henri Matisse? There's a Cote d'Azur art course for you

Art and the Cote d’Azur play together like watercolours on canvas. The light that welcomed greats like Matisse, Picasso and Renoir has welcomed generations of artists and amateurs alike.sides. Practise makes perfect with our three part blog series:

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Posted on 2nd Jul 2018 11:28:56 in Go & Do

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Hello sunshine! Swim with seabass in the Riviera's chicest seas

Think you need scuba tanks to explore the Riviera’s azure seas? Not at all! Spend the €40 dive fee on 8 bottles of Carrefour rosé instead. A mask and snorkel are all that’s required to spot octopi and sea bass just a short swim from shore.

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Posted on 25th Jun 2018 15:49:37 in Go & Do

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Nice's big hitting Musée Matisse, image courtesy of bchookang via WikiMedia Commons

It’s the biggest art event on the French Riviera this year. Until September 29th, the Musée Matisse hosts an unprecedented show detailing the friendly rivalry between two 20th-century greats: Pablo Picasso and Henri Matisse.

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Posted on 31st May 2018 11:02:27 in Go & Do

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Sunset views from Ile Sainte-Marguerite's southern shores

Picture a sun-kissed island. Golden beaches cover its shores. Each one offers private access to the shimmering Mediterranean. Pine and eucalyptus-shaded walking paths crisscross the isle’s interior: no motorised vehicles are allowed.

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Posted on 30th May 2018 16:31:54 in Go & Do

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Get lost on the Cote d'Azur's Estérel coast

Scattered with sheltered coves and postcard-perfect beaches, the russet-hued Massif de l’Estérel is a cluster of mountainous forests tucked between Provence and the Mediterranean. If you’re looking to lose the Riviera’s summertime crowds, this slice of protected parkland is where you need to go.

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Posted on 29th May 2018 11:18:58 in Go & Do

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Riviera waterskiing in 1959 © Nationaal Archief Fotocollectie Anefo, courtesy of Wikicommons

Although waterskiing was believed to have been invented in the US’s Midwest, it is Juan-les-Pins’ swish Hôtel Belles Rives that lays claim to popularising this new-fangled pastime in Europe throughout the 1920s and 30s.

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Posted on 24th May 2018 13:06:14 in Go & Do

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Explore the 30-plus train stops on the French Riviera with the Carte Isabelle rail pass

The Carte Isabelle family rail pass is one of the South of France’s best kept travel secrets offering unlimited train journeys on the Alpes-Maritimes network for one day for just €35. That means hop-on hop-off rail travel from Cannes to Menton for two adults and two children.

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Posted on 24th May 2018 10:51:52 in Go & Do

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Disembark in St Tropez on the daily ferry from Nice all summer long

Like St Tropez itself, the voyage to the playground of Mick Jagger, Béyonce and Kate Moss is extremely beautiful but far from cheap. From Nice, it isn’t the easiest of places to reach (in the summer the roads can get very, very congested…)

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Posted on 23rd May 2018 18:59:22 in Go & Do

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Don't look down! The Gorges du Verdon is Provence's most exciting sight

The Deal:</b> Europe’s Grand Canyon is just that: a seismic chasm 20km-long set in primeval countryside. The gorge ribbons to depths of 700m so a hire car is the only option to explore. The conveniently located Sixt office in Hotel Le Meridien hosts online deals from €27 per day – a bargain at less than €10 each for a family of four.

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Posted on 23rd May 2018 12:58:56 in Go & Do

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Make mine a mozzarella burrata - that's San Remo on a plate

An easy daytrip pairs scintillating scenery with panoramic sea views. Best of all, this lovely train ride transports visitors to the amazingly chic <a href="https://www.lonelyplanet.com/italy/liguria-piedmont-and-valle-daosta/san-remo" target="new">San Remo</a> in the heart of Bella Italia.

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Posted on 16th May 2018 17:11:44 in Go & Do

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Just stand-up and paddle to join the Riviera's latest craze

It looks like fun, doesn’t it? That lone paddleboarder, standing atop a glassy surface, somewhere between San Remo and St Tropez. Well you can do it too! There are dozens of hire places along the Cote d’Azur.

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