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powellretired Jan 27th, 2010 07:22 AM

Nice, France General Information
We have not visited Nice in 13 years. We will be there October 2, 3 and 4.

We are interested in cultural and culinary suggestions and anything else you may wish to provide. We have visited the Matisse and Chagal museums, Keryllos, Monaco etc.

Thanks in advance.


StuDudley Jan 27th, 2010 07:28 AM

The Michelin Green Guide to the Riveria has lots of suggestions. Try the Fodors book also.

Stu Dudley

Palenque Jan 27th, 2010 08:31 AM

Nice's ancient Old Town section by its cathedral and by the sea and just under the mountain hemming in Nice on the east is a popular restaurant ghetto - the narrow streets are full of indoor and outdoor eateries - and one local favorite is the famous Pan-Bagnat, a sandwich stuffed with lots of local produce

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Pan-bagnatThe Pan-bagnat (Occitan: pan banhat) is a sandwich that is a speciality of the region of Nice, France. The sandwich is composed of a circle formed white bread around the classic Salade Niçoise, a salad composed mainly of raw vegetables, hard boiled eggs, anchovies and/or tuna, and olive oil. The name of the sandwich comes from the local Provençal dialect of Niçard, in which Pan-banhat means "wet bread". It is often misspelled "pain bagnat" which, while correct in French, is not the spelling used in Niçard. The Pan-bagnat is a popular lunchtime dish in the region around Nice where it is sold in most bakeries and on most markets. The Pan-bagnat and the Salade Niçoise (Salade Nissardo), along with Ratatouille (La Ratatouia Nissardo in Provençal) are strongly linked to the city of Nice, where they have been over time developed out of locally available ingredients.

Palenque Jan 27th, 2010 12:07 PM

Try some of the hill towns, like St-Paul-de-Vence - really old dreamy places - or neighboring Vence, or both for a super day trip - Vence offers the Maeght Foundation art emporium - buses run frequently to these hill towns if sans car.

Antibes, on the coastal train line, i think is a wonderful old town and has the old castle Picasso once lived and worked in - now a Picasso Museum

powellretired Jan 28th, 2010 03:48 AM

Thanks, all. We had been to Vence and St. Paul de Vence in the past but your reminders are welcome. The Maeght Foundation is an incredible place.

Antibes is a good idea. We will probably be doing this on a Sunday by rail and I wondered if things would be open on a Sunday in early October.

tdk320n Jan 28th, 2010 10:22 AM


Palenque Jan 28th, 2010 10:30 AM

I have been on the Riviera in October and things on Sundays seem open pretty much like on any other day - certainly cafes and restaurants and the museum i would think - can't think why they would not be - even some shops i suppose.

greg Jan 28th, 2010 11:04 AM

Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild in Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat.

using the bus #81 from Nice:

Palenque Jan 28th, 2010 11:32 AM

I enjoyed Grasse, a regional town quite unlike most of the hilltowns in the area - this is a hill city and with a really old look - more a workaday Provencal town but one with some of the famous Perfume Factories right in the town center - Grasse was traditionally in the heart of the flower growing area for the perfume industry that grew to major importance. You can tour the factories and see the perfume-making process, etc. The Perfume Factories at Eze are mere showcases of the real deals at Grasse. Anyway a fascinating city quite unlike those more gussied up and more heavily touristed cities along the Riveria IMO

You can take a train to Grasse from Cannes - so you can also look at Cannes and its famous yacht harbor and beaches.

LowCountryIslander Jan 28th, 2010 11:40 AM

I did a market tour/cooking class with Rosa Jackson back in early October 2008 when I was in Nice. It was a fun experience, and she is very nice.

Here is the link to her website:

and here is a link to her blog:

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