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Xmas in Nice

Xmas in Nice

The end of the year season is as special in Nice as in any other part of the world.  Even if the evenings are now quite fresh or even cold in early December, the days are usually sunny and very pleasant.  Like in Alsace where they started a long time ago, Nice also has its own “Marché de Noël” or “Xmas Market”. You won’t find a lot of the Alsatian hot wine (vin chaud) or sausages (wurst), but there are plenty of churros, crèpes and local stuff such as candies, cheese, foie gras, home-made ham and salamis, fruits, etc.  A little walk around the Place Massena and...

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Nice Lawn Tennis Club

Nice Lawn Tennis Club

If you or your kids play tennis, you’ve got to play at our club, the “Nice Lawn Tennis Club”.  The club exists since 1890 and is home of the “Nice Open Tennis”, an ATP tournament.  Out of 18 courts, 13 are clay courts.  They are well maintained and you will find out how gentle clay is for your knees.  The club has paddle tennis courts, a Gym and a nice restaurant as well.   The club is located just down the hill, about 20 min walk from the villa through a beautiful park — a perfect warm up before playing!  It takes 5-10 minutes by car. If you are...

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Saint Paul de Vence

Saint Paul de Vence

Saint-Paul or Saint-Paul-de-Vence is a commune only about 20 km away from the house. One of the oldest medieval towns on the French Riviera, it is well known for its modern and contemporary art museums and galleries such as the Fondation Maeght which is located nearby. The visit of the old city is very enjoyable. Numerous art shops and galleries around to keep you busy for a while. You’ll find  great food there (check out the Colombe d’Or for something really special). If like me, you like the work of Chagall, then you can see the place he is resting in the local cemetery. By the...

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Promenade des Anglais

Promenade des Anglais

Yes, this is the  famous and celebrated promenade along the Mediterranean in Nice. Every good thing you have heard about it is true. Yes, the place is magic. It is beautiful. It is popular. It is very pleasant, except maybe when it’s very crowded and it very hot under the sun. In Summer, go there for a stroll, in the early evening before the sunset. I’m sure you’ll enjoy it. La Promenade des Anglais, early evening   “From Wikipedia” History Before Nice was urbanized, the coast at Nice was just bordered by a deserted band of beach. The first houses were...

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The Old city

The Old city

  The old city of Nice feels like a medieval village with narrow streets curving between old buildings with red-tile roofs, small restaurants, artisans and artists, open-markets, and some of the best ice-cream (gelato) in the world.   it’s a nice part of the city, with restaurants and shops, little squares and numerous narrow streets full of stores with local products. Don’t miss the beautiful waterfall and green area of the castle hill, that gets illuminated at night.   One of the main charms of Nice is the old city, “la vielle ville” or “vieux...

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