Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Nice = Nice

I have recently spent a week in Nice [Southern France] and though I'd share my top tips for nice.

  • Use the public transport system.
    The public transport in and around nice is clean, punctual & cheap. It also has the added benefit of covering the area really well so it is easy to get to anywhere from just about anywhere else.

    I found that the busses offered excellent value with a 7 day Ligne d'Azur pass costing just €15.00. TAM busses for longer journeys cost €1.20 per trip.

  • Avoid using Taxis
    Taxi's in Nice have to be the most expensive I have ever used, more expensive than London black cabs or Parisian Taxis by some margin.

  • Try self catering accomodation
    If you are staying for a week or more renting an apartment can be cheaper than staying in a hotel and can be more comfortable. The only disadvantage is that you will probably be a 15 to 30 minute bus journey from the centre of Town

  • Visit the museums
    The Cimiez Museum of Archeology was interesting, the Cimiez Monastery and Franciscan Museum was interesting but the gardens were loely and peaceful, Matisse Museum was okay, [all three are right next to each other so it is easy to make an afternoon of it] was nice, Musée Chagall blew my mind for an hour and a half.

  • Visit the Vieille Ville
    Spend some time wandering through the streets of the old town. If you visit the market in the early morning then you can wonder through the streets narrow streets shaded by the tall building in relative cool and comfort, there are many, many little shops and curiosities to see.

  • Don't drink the water
    Wine is ridiculously cheap in Nice, cheaper than water when eating out in some instances. The price of beer will put a major dent in your wallet.

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