How tourist-y is Antibes in January or February?
I need a get-away soon, but I don't want to be around large numbers of tourists milling around, taking photos, partying. Unlike many tourists these days, I'm not "looking for the action" (excitement) at all.
I do speak French fluently and have been a francophile most of my life.
Is Antibes in the winter subdued enough, quiet enough for me to spend two weeks just de-compressing, wandering around, reading (French novels) and listening to classical music in my apartment? Or should I look elsewhere on the Cote d'Azur, somewhere smaller like Vence or Beaulieu, etc.??
How would you compare Menton with Villefranche-sur-mer as a base to explore the Cote d'Azur for a first-time traveler (to the French Riviera) for two-weeks? I am looking for a quiet village or small town atmosphere, away from hordes of tourists, and crossed off Antibes, etc. for that reason. Somehow I narrowed down to my list to Menton and Villefranche-sur-mer. I know the latter is much smaller and seems to cater to a more upper-tier clientele, while the former has attracted many French retirees.
I do speak French and have a degree in art history, with interest in French history and literature. I will not have a car.
How expensive are sundry items and groceries, not just tourist souvenirs? Is the mark-up really high?
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Does anyone know the best and possibly the cheapest way to get from Nice to St Tropez in the month of November?
I read the following toay, October 11, on Riveria Radio.
"Médecins du Monde along with several other associations has formally called for France to reopen its French-Italian border."
Does this mean the border is closed and tourists cannot travel from Nice to Ventimiglia.
My wife and I are renting in Nice this winter. We were wondering if anyone has used Ashley & Parker as a rental agent and if so was it a good experience. We have looked for reviews of the company but have come up empty.
Hello, We are 2 adults planning to stay in Avignon for 4 nights in early October looking for a 2 bedroom apartment or hotel with kitchen. I have been looking on various websites but am overwhelmed. Does anyone have advice? We plan to use the train to see surrounding areas and rent a car for one day to see the countryside.
What are my options for transport from Nice airport to HOTEL REGENCY
98, Avenue Jean Jaurès
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what discounts are available in provence
I am visiting friends in Saint Raphael next week, and after that visit I need to stay on my own in SR or find another, preferably quiet, low- key beach town to visit. I will have 3 nights free before I need to be in Lagrasse. Any suggestions are most welcome! Thank you!
The Marseille city pass is only for 1 or 2 days. Is there another pass for unlimited travel using public transport (metro, buses, etc) for a longer period, say 7 days? Thank you
We need taxi service to take us to Route des Cretes (D141) between Cassis and La Ciotat on 18 August in the afternoon. Have tried calling a couple of taxi drivers in Cassis but they speak very little English and got nowhere with my enquiries. Any suggestions for a taxi driver who does not charge much and who perhaps has an email address (I can write in French using Google translate).
Is there a beach suitable for children to swim in on the island where there is Chateau D'If?
how safe is it to go to cannes the last week in August this year
Hi folks! Don’t laugh!!!
Yes, we Russians are badly salaried, but can get quite extravagant when our long-waited-for vacations are nearly ruined.
Where do I get a very inexpensive but very usable TV-set in Nice? Buy or rent?
And how do I get it connected?
And how do I do it very urgently, because I am really furious at the prospect of forgetting how the French TV anchors look in France, while I can easily see the in my TV in Moscow.
(Actually, this is not the only and not the main problem that made me the most furious of all time through my 10 years vacationing in Nice, but that’s another story)
The provider in the apartment is called ‘numericable’ - there is Internet, and, I guess, there must be a connection to cable TV, if there were a TV-set here. I have already contacted their online ‘chatterbox’, she is a machine and solves no problem, even as I wrote in pretty sensible French.
P.S. The parent company is SFR – I guess they have an office at Jean Medecine, or around. WIKI says they are the ‘leading provider’ in France.
I’ll be d---d, really, if I do not find a TV-set, get it going and leave as a present to the owner! I can understand that one can have no functioning tea kettle, no single pot that matching any cover, but no TV – that’s too much. What am I supposed to do at night – go to a night club?
Looking for Hotel availability in Antibes, France for Aug 2017. Unable o find anything on the web.
Would anyone know when this usually becomes available? Looking for Pierre & Vacances preferably. Thanks.
Is it possible to be driven along the 15km tourist route of Cap Canaille ? If so, how can this be arranged and how much is the approximate cost?
Need advice about the closest public beach to rue Tondutti.
I am used to Beau Rivage – mainly because it has a toilet and cabanas. I consider now Plage Castel, but a bit afraid to find myself on the rocks (literally).
Any supermarket around open on Sunday? The only I remember is the good old Spar in rue Macarani (or is it Macaroni :)), but that’s a bit far. Maybe Casino or Monoprix will think of making a profit with the high season?
Anything new in general? I mean, after I found Gare Routiere and the old fountains completely demolished, I can expect any surprise… Last year they were digging the earth for a tram station right opposite the place in rue Tondutti where I am going to stay. I wonder how things stand now; hope I won’t have to put my earplugs on with the construction noise…
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We are flying to Nice, but leaving to Marseille as fast as we can (we will visit Nice before flight back home). Our rent lady wants to know when we will arrive to Marseille allready. The trip is at september. But someone just told that because of the strikes in trainsystems, we should not book the tickets yet.
Now I´m not sure what to do. Should I book or not. And if our flight lands at 9.10 (in the morning) , when we could think to be going to train?
There seems to be straight bus connection to Marseille from airport, but I haven´t seen any info about how long the bus takes to Marseille. If it isn´t VERY much slower, it could be a good option too. Expesially if there are strikes in trains.
Years ago we ate in a restaurant in Nice that was owned by an elderly woman and her sister or daughter (can't quite remember). It was in the old town and it was very basic, I don't think there was even a menu, you just ate what you were served. It was all local, homemade food. Can anyone tell me the name of the restaurant and whether or not it's still there?
I want to camp in Cassis for 2 weeks and I see that Les Cigales does not allow to book a pitch before beeing there.
Has anybody been in my Situation and can tell me if there is a good chance to get a place in the middle of July or if it is possible that I arrive there and do not get anything?
I will be in Cassis for 2 weeks without a car and I wonder if there is a possibility to rent a bike in cassis which is not too expensive?
Thanks a lot!
We are staying in the Alpes Maritimes but would like to make a couple of day trips to Nice during our stay. I see that there are park and ride type car parks but I have looked at the website and I am an idiot when it comes to these things so I cannot figure out where the car parks are! If I am traveling down the Blvd du Mercantour, where is the best place to park and get a bus in to the city centre (say, Promenade des Anglais)?
Our ship stops in Villefrance-sur-Mer for one day (in mid August). What things should be on our must-see list?
pls can you tell me some places to visit in marseille pls i have around 6 hours so i dont want to get far from the sea port,thanks alot
hy pls can you give me some tips where to go .i am going on a crusise liner and visit marsellie genoa valencia and napli , and i dont have any idea where to go.but prefer somewhere near the port cos of time .some one tells me about an aquarium in genoa.is there a long distance from the port .thanks alot
We just booked flights to Nice at begining of September. We are not planning to stay there (I´ve been there once, and it is enough for me).
We just found cheap flights, and thought we could go by train to some other town. We like quite big towns on hollidays and I was thinking about Marseille. There is not so much info in Finnish, so I came here again. :)
If we choose to stay there, I start checking on apartments at airbnb. We like to stay quite central (witch we don´t do at home, so we find it nice at hollidays) and at walking distance of places where there is lots of restaurants to eat at night. Are there any bigger pedestrian areas with restaurants?
As we work part timely as salesmen at craft brewery I did also notice there is three microbreweries, witch might mean so brewpubs to have a night cap also. (Didn´t check yet so well). Of course France is a wine country, but we know craft beer is getting popular there also.
We also like history, and it lookes like there is something to see there in this inrest also. And we could make some daytrips of course.
I did also check Toulon and Aix, and we haven´t made final decicion yet. But my husband wants to go by train from Nice, not by bus, so I have been checking where to get by train. I guess the trains wont go to airport? It was told at some web page that there is trains, but I guess they mean we need to go by bus to downtown first.
The last night we will stay at Nice becaus of the morning fight.
Is there a french website equivalent to craigslist? I'll be there for a week, trying to learn some french and would love to buy a cheap bicycle to use for a week. Rental is ok too if it's under $100 for the week.
I'd to rent a scooter too but that's 40 euros a day, do you know of a cheaper place to rent?
Thank you so much.