About Nice


Nice is a city located in southeastern France, in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur on the Mediterranean coast. The city has also been called “Nizza” or “Nice la belle” (Nice is beautiful).

Nice is a city located in south-eastern France, in the Provence-Alpes-Cote d'Azur on the Mediterranean coast and is counted as the centre of the French Riviera. Nice has over 350 000 inhabitants and is France's fifth largest city after Paris, Marseille, Lyon and Toulouse.

The Italian influence is still noticeable in the city, including street names and restaurants. The local dialect Niçard sounds like a mix of French, Italian and Provencal. It differs very much from the French and only a fraction of the population speak the language today.

For those of us who are not French speaking, Nice is a pretty convenient option for a vacation in France. English works basically everywhere in restaurants and shops in central Nice. The younger generation are so interested in speaking English that you will likely get an answer in English even though you politely made your order in your best school French. Of course, the situation is completely different if you try to buy teak oil with pigment at Ciffréo Bona ...

Nice have some local dishes, including socca (a type of pancake made from chickpea flour), pissaladière (a tart made with onions and anchovies) and of course the salade niçoise (a tomato salad with green peppers, eggs, tuna or anchovies, and olives).

Cultural life is rich with a numerous of museums, particularly known is perhaps the Matisse Museum, but also the Chagall Museum is worth a visit. The ethnic diversity of the city means there are many Arab, East Asian and African shops, markets and restaurants.

Shopping in Nice is perhaps not as exciting as you expect. Of course there are boutiques and designer shops all around the inner city but in addition to Nice Etoile on Jean Médecin there are no major shopping centres.

If serious shopping is on the agenda so, a trip to Cap 3000 is worth a visit. Cap 3000 is located just west of the airport in Saint Laurent du Var. The shopping centre has 150 stores and restaurants and are open from 10am to 9pm, Mondays to Saturdays.

Getting there is easy. Hop on the bus 52 or 10 from Nice alternatively take the train to Saint Laurent-du-Var and enjoy a 5 minute walk.

Nice new stadium, Allianz Riviera at St. Isidore, opened in September 2013 and has a capacity for 35,000 visitors. The venue is easily accessible from the centre of Nice and local transportation will be continually improved for the European Football Championship 2016.

Among the city's attractions include the seaside promenade, La Promenade des Anglais, the Hôtel Negresco, the city's most prestigious hotels, La Colline du Château, where the ruins of an old castle is located and Notre Dame Cathedral. Other sights are the Russian Cathedral and the old town with its famous market.

In recent years, the mayor have made a vigorous effort to renovate the city and aim to make Nice the most beautiful city in the Riviera. The area around the port has received a face lift and is definitely worth a visit during the daytime. Of course you should visit the Old Town with its famous flower square and round the clock bursting with activity.

So, all the above I can read by myself in a random guidebook – now please explain the detonation at twelve o'clock sharp.

Well, in 1861 the tradition of firing the famous cannon shot at. 12.00 noon started. The tradition comes from Sir Thomas Coventry-More, an English general who wanted to remind his wife with a gun shot that now was the time to get lunch on the table…


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