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JES May 28th, 2003 08:43 AM

Worth going to Nice & Monte Carlo last week in Sept?
We are planning a 5 day trip that falls the last week in Sept, first week in Oct. Is this too late to go to Nice/Monte Carlo? Would another area be better?

capo May 28th, 2003 10:16 AM

Do you mean "too late" because of the weather? If so, while there's always the possibility that the weather will not be nice, I was in Nice for a week in mid-October five years ago and the weather was beautiful. The added bonus for that time of year was some nice fall colors in certain places.

JES May 28th, 2003 02:01 PM

Thanks Capo...yes, I was referring to weather--but also to the atmosphere. Is it very quiet? While it's nice not to have crowds, I love to feel like a town is bustling rather than feel like there's no one around. What are your thoughts on that for that time year?

ThinGorjus May 28th, 2003 02:12 PM

I have only been to Nice and Monte Carlo in June, however, the weather in that area of the world is usually quite lovely at the end of September. While I adore Monte Carlo, Nice is a little shabby around the edges. It is past its salad days. There are some gorgeous shops and restaurants in the old town, however, and it is a good base to explore places like St. Paul de Vence and Eze. I stayed at the Negresco a few years ago and was very disappointed in the condition of my room. The beach at Nice is very rocky and there is debris floating in the water.

capo May 28th, 2003 02:26 PM

Hi Jes. I understand exactly what you mean about wanting to be in a city or town where there is a lot of activity. And Nice was certainly active enough for me during that week in mid-October, so I wouldn't think you'd be disappointed on that count.

artlover May 28th, 2003 09:13 PM

I've been to Nice several times and while I agree some parts have become a bit "run down", overall, I love it. It's a great place if you love going to museums--so many in the area--Chagall, Matisse, Contemporary, Picasso, Renior's house, to name but a few.

JES May 31st, 2003 03:55 AM

Thank you for your advice. It sounds like it would be a good time to go. Now I need to decide if we do that or go to the wine valley in France. I know they are going to be different experiences but can anyone offer advice between the two>?

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