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Posted on 27th Jul 2017 15:31:54 in History

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Auron in summer: cable up, mountain bike down

Think the locals would let their fabulous ski resorts sit idle all summer? Assuredly not. The Riviera’s big three resorts of Auron, Isola and Valberg flip into sunshine mode each June to welcome downhill mountain bikers, cross-country hikers and food foragers from across France.

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Posted on 18th Jul 2017 17:08:03 in Nice News

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Introducing the new Mr and Mrs Ettinger

Love blossoms between our stage employee and our Pebbles Guest

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Posted on 4th Jul 2017 10:04:44 in History

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Mine's a caipirinha! It's cocktail hour on Nice's rooftop bars

Want to sip like a millionaire? Get the garçon to uncork the rosé at these three rooftop bars. Just don't forget the sun cream!

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Posted on 22nd May 2017 11:28:56 in History

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Hello sunshine! Swim with seabass in the Riviera's chicest seas

Think you need scuba tanks to explore the Riviera’s azure seas? Pah. Spend the €40 dive fee on 12 bottles of Carrefour rosé instead. A mask and snorkel are all that’s required to spot octopi and sea bass a short swim from shore.

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Posted on 18th Apr 2017 14:42:38 in Art

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Smell the success of the new Cote d'Azur Garden Festival

The Côte d’Azur tourism board have launched a breath-taking array of activities for 2017. So what’s new for this year?

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Posted on 24th Mar 2017 10:51:52 in History

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Disembark in St Tropez on the daily ferry from Nice all summer long

St Tropez is a short sail away. The TGV makes Marseille doable in a day. Peruse Pebbles' favourite four Cote d’Azur daytrips in our latest blog series:

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Posted on 27th Feb 2017 14:35:43 in What's On

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Come and enjoy the Monte Carlo Rolex Masters. Watch the tennis aces whilst basking in the sunshine and sea breeze.

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Posted on 24th Feb 2017 10:39:56 in Cuisine

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What's on the cook course table today?

Want to cook like a master chef? The Cote d’Azur hosts courses on pasta, pastry making and much else besides. Practise makes perfect with our new three part blog series:

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Posted on 26th Jan 2017 13:32:10 in History

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A train through Nice's wild side (credit Nice Tourisme)

The Train des Merveilles is just that: a ‘Train of Marvels’. Little known to tourists, the line loops north from Nice-Ville station deep into the Italian Alps. Best of all, it connects a dozen oh-so-cute French villages en route.

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Posted on 5th Jan 2017 10:55:32 in Cuisine

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Most Cote d'Azur cooking courses scour local Provençal markets for bargains

Want to cook like a master chef? The Cote d’Azur hosts courses on pasta, pastry making and much else besides. Practise makes perfect with our new three part blog series:

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Posted on 12th Dec 2016 10:00:48 in Nice News

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Marseille in a day: all possible with the TGV

St Tropez is a short sail away. The TGV makes Marseille doable in a day. Peruse Pebbles' favourite four Cote d’Azur daytrips in our new blog series:

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Posted on 27th Oct 2016 08:05:04 in Nice News

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All change in Monaco for the Cote d'Azur Carte

Whether you’re a penniless painter or a patron of the arts, these three French Riviera museum passes offer a cultural sojourn for a song.

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Posted on 5th Oct 2016 08:08:16 in Art

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The Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild on St Jean Cap Ferrat - a steal with the French Riviera pass

Here’s the good news. Nice is blessed with enough cultural history to make any other European capital weep with envy.

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Posted on 23rd Aug 2016 08:25:15 in Nice News

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Tram arriving in Place Massena

Regular visitors to Nice may well have shared the pain of the excavations for the new tramway. If you’re new to Nice, lucky you. Most of the major work is now over, and the clock is now ticking for the grand opening. This time next year, the new East-West tramline is set to be up and running. Forget taxis, just jump on a tram that takes you from the airport to the Port in just 26 minutes. Or less if you live near any of the other 18 stops like Place Garibaldi or Avenue Victor Hugo.

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Posted on 11th Aug 2016 20:51:01 in Pebbles Properties

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Un Geste pour Tous

Pebbles works with the local charity, Un Geste pour Tous (a gesture for all). Un Geste pour Tous is a humanitarian association that helps everyone who needs it without discrimination. They give vital help to people of all races, religions and nationalities both in Nice and abroad.

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Posted on 8th Aug 2016 10:04:42 in Art

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Attention! See the Matisse Museum for free with the Nice Museum Pass

Here’s the good news. Nice boasts more museums than any other French city outside Paris.

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Posted on 24th Jun 2016 16:13:26 in Art

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Want to paint like Henri Matisse? There's a Cote d'Azur art course for you

Want to parlez with the locals? Want to paint like Matisse? The Cote d’Azur hosts courses on cookery, language and much else besides. Practise makes perfect with our three part blog series:

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Posted on 11th May 2016 09:19:08 in Competitions

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Viva Espana! Nice's Allianz Riviera stadium will welcome EURO champs Spain on 17th June (image courtesy of CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons)

Europe’s largest event of 2016 kicks off in Paris on June 10th. Nice will host the likes of Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Cesc Fàbregas and Eden Hazard as big guns Sweden, Spain and Belgium play just minutes from the Promenade des Anglais.

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Posted on 25th Feb 2016 18:25:15 in History

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One of our three offices in central Nice

We now offer over 180 properties to choose from and we hope to keep welcoming people from all over the world for many more years.

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Posted on 11th Feb 2016 09:46:02 in What's On

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This March we're offering a special offer in collaboration with The Telegraph Cycling Podcast and Café du Cycliste for the return of Paris-Nice; one of the most exciting week long stage races of the season!

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Posted on 8th Feb 2016 13:18:38 in What's On

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Come and Meet us at A Place in the Sun Live

Nice Pebbles will be joining over 150 exhibitors from around the world at A Place in the Sun Live to showcase our collection of enticing investment opportunities in Nice and on the French Riviera. Get your free tickets and be in with a chance of winning a free stay in one of our apartments worth up to £500.

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Posted on 26th Jan 2016 09:02:12 in What's On

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For over 35 years the best place for live music in Nice is also the best place to watch sport matches on giant screens...

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Posted on 22nd Jan 2016 00:07:47 in Nice News

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Parlez with the locals on a Riviera French course

Want to parlez with the locals? Want to paint like Matisse? The Cote d’Azur hosts courses on cookery, language and much else besides. Practise makes perfect with our new three part blog series:

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Posted on 7th Jan 2016 15:38:42 in History

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Get behind a Cessna at one of the Cote d'Azur's flying clubs

The A-list prefer to see the Riviera by air, sea and sail. Want to paddleboard past Roman Abramovich’s house? Want to fly over Brangelina’s mansion? Join the club with the final part of our sporty five part blog series:

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Posted on 24th Dec 2015 13:06:14 in Nice News

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Explore the 30-plus train stops on the French Riviera with the Carte Isabelle rail pass

Want to know the South of France’s best kept travel secret? Then read on.

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Posted on 23rd Dec 2015 10:51:00 in What's On

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Fireworks on the Promenade des Anglais in Nice

Celebrate New Year’s Eve as the French do with a feast of Foie Gras, oysters and champagne. The festivities are usually marked with fireworks.

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Posted on 19th Dec 2015 14:55:27 in Cuisine

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Le Negresco Hotel, Nice

Here are some of our favourite special festive menus available: please check their websites for full details…

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Posted on 16th Dec 2015 17:08:18 in What's On

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Jardin Albert 1er, Nice

Here are our suggestions for things to do, places to visit and not forgetting the ever-important places to eat!

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Posted on 15th Dec 2015 15:00:22 in What's On

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Cours Saleya, Nice

We’re here to make this Christmas your best one yet and it all starts here with our guide to the best of the Riviera's Christmas markets.

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Posted on 12th Dec 2015 18:31:22 in History

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"Mine's a salade Niçoise!" Cesc and the gang are coming to Nice

Welcome Cesc Fàbregas! Hello David de Gea! Because from June 10th Nice will host the Spanish EURO2016 squad as they compete in Europe’s largest ever football tournament.

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Posted on 26th Nov 2015 14:05:44 in History

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Have the slopes to yourself at the Riviera's three ski resorts

The A-list prefer to see the Riviera by air, sea and sail. Want to paddleboard past Roman Abramovich’s house? Want to fly over Brangelina’s mansion? Join the club with the final part of our sporty five part blog series:

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Posted on 12th Nov 2015 14:48:38 in Nice News

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Start small on an Optimist. Next stop a superyacht

The A-list prefer to see the Riviera by air, sea and sail. Want to paddleboard past Roman Abramovich’s house? Want to fly over Brangelina’s mansion? Join the club with part four of our sporty five part blog series:

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Posted on 15th Oct 2015 17:38:55 in Art

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The whole street corner has been closed off to prepare the scene.

Looking out from our Providence apartment in a quiet corner of Vieux Nice, you’d be forgiven for thinking you’d stepped back in time. But this week, you’d be looking at a moving picture of 1940s Nice...

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Posted on 12th Oct 2015 10:16:43 in History

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Bonaparte's south-facing living room, which overlooks pedestrianised Place du Pin

The French Riviera is perennially popular. But what about when you’re ready to lose the crowds? This week Gary Gubbins, owner of Apartment Bonaparte in Nice's buzzing Port, shares what it’s like to be a local as well as plenty of insider tips.

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Posted on 29th Sep 2015 11:18:58 in History

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Riviera waterskiing in 1959 © Nationaal Archief Fotocollectie Anefo, courtesy of Wikicommons

The A-list prefer to see the Riviera by air, sea and sail. Want to paddleboard past Roman Abramovich’s house? Want to fly over Brangelina’s mansion? Join the club with our sporty five part blog series:

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Posted on 18th Sep 2015 17:58:49 in What's On

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Nice's shiny new Allianz Stadium

The UEFA EURO 2016 football championship will be Europe’s biggest event of 2016.

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Posted on 13th Aug 2015 13:42:26 in Cuisine

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Grimaldi's sunny living room, with views over the neighbourhood rooftops

The French Riviera is perennially popular. But what about when you’re ready to lose the crowds? This week Nick Barber and Ann Jacklin, owners of Apartment Grimaldi in Nice's prestigious Carre d’Or area, share what it’s like to be a local as well as plenty of insider tips.

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Posted on 30th Jul 2015 16:31:54 in History

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Get lost on the Cote d'Azur's Estérel coast

Scattered with sheltered coves and postcard-perfect beaches, the russet-hued Massif de l’Estérel is a cluster of mountainous forests tucked between Provence and the Mediterranean. If you’re looking to lose the Riviera’s summertime crowds, this slice of protected parkland should be top of your list.

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Posted on 24th Jul 2015 14:27:08 in Nice News

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DVLA extends driving licence code system for overseas car hire from 3 days to 3 weeks.

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Posted on 16th Jul 2015 17:11:44 in Nice News

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Just stand-up and paddle to join the Riviera's latest craze

The A-list prefer to see the Riviera by air, sea and sail. Want to paddleboard past Roman Abramovich’s house? Want to fly over Brangelina’s mansion? Join the club with our sporty five part blog series:

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Posted on 11th Jul 2015 14:50:19 in Nice News

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Designer furnishings are mixed with traditional Old Town decor, including terracotta tomette floors

The French Riviera is perennially popular. But what about when you’re ready to lose the crowds? This week Doug Eglin, owner of Apartment Croix, shares what it’s like to be a resident of Nice Old Town, as well as plenty of insider tips.

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Posted on 2nd Jul 2015 15:33:46 in History

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Shortly after the bicentenary of the Hundred Days, we propose hiking La Route Napoléon from Grasse to Castellane using safe and marked trails.

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Posted on 23rd Jun 2015 18:37:05 in What's On

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On a visit to Moscow last year, Prince Albert II of Monaco announced the plans for Russian Year in Monaco 2015...

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Posted on 18th Jun 2015 15:13:48 in Cuisine

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The Niçois eat it at any time of day, but it’s perfect for a late breakfast or in the early evening served with a glass of rosé.

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Posted on 16th Jun 2015 09:20:40 in Cuisine

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Nice has a unique cooking style, influenced by Provence and nearby Italy. Delve into the rich culture and history of Nice, one of the most beautiful cities in France and the world.

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Posted on 10th Jun 2015 16:20:52 in Competitions

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Patricia and her family

Patricia Peeples won our annual competition for a free stay as a thank you for participating in Pebbles’ secret guest scheme.

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Posted on 4th Jun 2015 09:38:56 in Nice News

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Fun in the sun - life on Nice's Promenade des Anglais

The French Riviera is perennially popular. But what about when you’re ready to lose the crowds? This week, Johnny Jonasson Swed, owner of Apartment Prom Garden, shares what it’s like to be a resident of Nice’s Promende quarter, as well as plenty of insider tips.

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Posted on 2nd Jun 2015 15:52:39 in What's On

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The small town of Juan Les Pins near Antibes will be taken over by jazz fans in mid-July.

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Posted on 28th May 2015 14:35:37 in What's On

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The French National Day commemorates the beginning of the French Revolution with the Storming of the Bastille on 14 July 1789.

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Posted on 23rd May 2015 11:30:54 in History

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Drivers line up in rows of three during the inaugural Monaco Grand Prix

Witnessed Lewis and Nico’s high-octane duel in Monte Carlo? Pah. During the first Monaco Grand Prix drivers scorned safety helmets in favour scarves and goggles.

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Posted on 22nd May 2015 12:32:34 in Art

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The 67th Nice Jazz Festival has even more surprises in store this year.

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Posted on 7th May 2015 14:01:57 in Nice News

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Changes to the DVLA (Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency) UK driving license could prove problematic for car rentals on the continent.

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Posted on 29th Apr 2015 11:40:03 in Cuisine

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Harvest-ready grapes hang heavy on the Southern French vines

Like much of France – a wine-loving nation if ever there was one – the Riviera is a picturesque patchwork of vineyards. You can pick up bottles of top tipple at one of the coastline’s many excellent caves, or wine cellars. But we think it’s more fun to head to the source...

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Posted on 9th Apr 2015 11:09:34 in Cuisine

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Paul and Jane's Rigoletto apartment in Nice's Musiciens quartier

The French Riviera is perennially popular. But what about when you’re ready to lose the crowds? This week, Paul Petersen, owner of Apartment Rigoletto, shares what it’s like to be a resident of Nice’s Musiciens quarter, as well as plenty of insider tips.

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Posted on 31st Mar 2015 11:02:27 in Cuisine

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Sunset views from Ile Sainte-Marguerite's southern shores

Picture a sun-kissed island. Golden beaches cover its shores. Tranquility beckons - no motorised vehicles allowed! Welcome to Ile Sainte-Marguerite, just a 15-minute ferry ride from Cannes...

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Posted on 11th Mar 2015 11:07:14 in What's On

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Shamrock of St Patrick

In Nice for St Patrick's Day? Pining for a refreshing pint of Guinness? You're in luck!

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Posted on 5th Mar 2015 17:09:00 in What's On

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Paris-Nice often nicked-named the 'the race to the sun' kicks off the cycling season in style on March 8th. Find out which riders to look out for and where you can watch it.

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Posted on 26th Feb 2015 10:58:42 in Cuisine

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Part 2 of our guide to Nice markets. Last time we visited Les Cours Seleya in search of produce for a rustic repas you can produce in the comfort of your own home. This time we are heading to Libération market to see what we can get our hands for under 10 euros!

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Posted on 26th Feb 2015 10:29:28 in Art

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It's St Tropez all the way for rockstar celebs

Where did Grace Kelly meet her Prince? Where did Paris Hilton dance 'til dawn? In the final part of our five-part blog series we expose every celebrity hotspot on the French Riviera. Week 5: Rock stars

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Posted on 23rd Feb 2015 10:22:43 in What's On

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Lou Queernaval 2015

Lou Queernaval parade welcomes Nice's broad and colourful LGBT community into the heart of the Official Nice Carnival.

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Posted on 10th Feb 2015 12:39:20 in Cuisine

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Our top five most romantic restaurants for Valentines Day in Nice.

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Posted on 9th Feb 2015 11:46:46 in Cuisine

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Although Nice offers a wealth of fantastic restaurants, sometimes it’s lovely to venture out into the markets in search of a real rustic repas!

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Posted on 4th Feb 2015 15:23:32 in Art

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Trish at LAC Chocolat

We sat down for a chat with Trish to find out what it is about Nice and Pebbles properties that keeps her, and her partner, coming back time and time again!

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Posted on 31st Jan 2015 12:08:53 in History

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Chirac loves Auron, but Vlad prefers Monte Carlo

Where did Grace Kelly meet her Prince? Where did Paris Hilton dance 'til dawn? In our five-part blog series we expose every celebrity hotspot on the French Riviera. Want to party like a rock star? We tell you how...Week 4: Presidents & Politicians

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Posted on 20th Jan 2015 08:32:51 in Art

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AN EARLY CHAGALL PAINTING OF LOZNA, NEAR VITEBSK, 1908

The world’s most famous artists – from Henri Matisse to Jack Vettriano – have chosen to make the Riviera their home, if only temporarily. What it is about this strip of sun-drenched coastline that inspired these great artists – and where they spent their time in the region.

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Posted on 12th Jan 2015 09:49:42 in Nice News

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The French Riviera for €1.60 an hour, courtesy of GreenRent

Fancy putting your pedal to the metal as you zip through Casino Square? Pebbles guests can now follow the Monaco Grand Prix circuit from just €1.60 per hour!

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Posted on 5th Jan 2015 11:52:20 in Cuisine

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As the New Year begins, you will notice French boulangeries, patisseries and even supermarchés fill up their shelves with a special cake. Much more than just a cake, this pastry is a beloved tradition with roots that go back as far as the Roman Empire.

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Posted on 2nd Jan 2015 13:19:17 in Nice News

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Were you brave enough to take a New Year's Day dip? These folk were!

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Posted on 21st Dec 2014 18:30:22 in Nice News

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Still looking for Greta Garbo on Cap d'Ail beach

Where did Grace Kelly meet her Prince? Where did Paris Hilton dance 'til dawn? In our five-part blog series we expose every celebrity hotspot on the French Riviera. Want to party like a rock star? We tell you how...Week 3: Movie Stars

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Posted on 12th Dec 2014 09:10:12 in Nice News

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Ride the Christmas ferris wheel above Nice

Think Christmas markets and you might imagine chilly Northern European affairs. A thousand miles to the south, the Cote d’Azur's seasonal fairs are trimmed by palms and lapped by Mediterranean waves.

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Posted on 9th Dec 2014 15:14:20 in Competitions

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Christmas Competition Cracker

It's Christmas Competition time at Pebbles!

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Posted on 5th Dec 2014 13:05:27 in What's On

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Celebrate New Year's Eve in style with a choice of Firework displays and events across the French Riviera.

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Posted on 4th Dec 2014 16:31:45 in Nice News

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Dining at Christmas time in Nice

While many of our favourite restaurants may close for Christmas, many do re-open for New Year's Eve celebrations and there are still several options if you're looking to eat on the 24th and 25th.

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Posted on 2nd Dec 2014 12:12:06 in Nice News

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"Nico, can I borrow a cup of sugar". Which one is Hamilton's house?

Where did Grace Kelly meet her Prince? Where did Paris Hilton dance 'til dawn? In our a five-part blog series we expose every celebrity hotspot on the French Riviera. Want to party like a rock star? We tell you how...Week 2: Sports Stars

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Posted on 26th Nov 2014 12:18:43 in Nice News

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Top 5 Ski Destinations

The Alpes-Maritimes is home to hundreds of 2,000 metres plus mountains and we've picked out the best five for fresh powder this season.

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Posted on 22nd Nov 2014 16:08:55 in Nice News

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Explore the Riviera winter sunshine with these five top tours

Winter on the Côte d’Azur is a delight. The summertime crowds have disappeared. And this sun-kissed strip of coastline offers lots of organised activities that promise a different way of getting to know the Riviera too...

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Posted on 18th Nov 2014 10:42:58 in Nice News

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Beaujolais Nouveau 2014

The Beaujolais Nouveau has arrived! Has it been another year already? Find out the top 5 spots in Nice to sample the new vintage this year.

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Posted on 13th Nov 2014 13:21:31 in Nice News

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Ennio Morricone at the 66th Venice Film Festival. Nicolas Genin©

Virtuosic composer of over 500 film and television soundtracks, Ennio Morricone brings his My Life in Music tour to Nice.

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Posted on 4th Nov 2014 13:08:17 in Nice News

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Make out like Prince Bertie in Monaco

Where did Grace Kelly meet her Prince? Where did Paris Hilton dance til dawn? In our new five-part blog series we expose every celebrity hotspot on the French Riviera. Want to party like a rock star? We tell you how...Week 1: Royalty

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Posted on 8th Oct 2014 12:00:51 in Nice News

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Last weekend Cheryl Fernandez-Virsini (was Cole) marked a successful return to the X-Factor by bringing 'the girls' down to the getaway-of-choice for the world’s rich and famous: Nice. Accompanied by collaborator Tine Tempah, Cheryl headed to celebrity hotspot Saint-Tropez to give the hopefuls a real taste of the what the French Riviera has to offer. Among the girls in Cheryl’s X-Factor category was Chloe Jasmine, who said: “Travelling to Nice was like a holiday, it was nice that it was close to home and it felt like going away with friends rather than being in a competition." The French Riviera has long provided a playground for the world's wealthiest celebrities with Nice seeing regular visits from Sylvester 'Sly' Stallone, Paris Hilton, and Kim Kardashian's best friend and PR whiz Jonathan Cheban.

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Posted on 8th Oct 2014 09:50:23 in Nice News

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Want to break the bank and Monte Carlo? Here's how..

In the movie Bucket List, Jack Nicholson ate a 'do-before-you-die' Michelin star meal in Eze. In the final part our series we explain how to break the bank in Monaco...

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Posted on 3rd Oct 2014 12:31:42 in Nice News

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Lenny Kravitz comes our way to Nikaia Palace, Nice for one night only on Sunday 30th of November, touring his new album Strut. Whether you’re looking for a spectacular open air concert, getting in some Christmas shopping or catching the last rays of sunshine, the end of November is the perfect time to come and visit us. Especially as we have two tickets to give away!

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Posted on 29th Sep 2014 09:05:01 in Nice News

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Buddha, one of Niki de Saint Phalle's shimmery mosaic sculptures, courtesy of WikiCommons

The world’s most famous artists – from Henri Matisse to Jack Vettriano – have chosen to make Nice their home. In the second of a five-part blog series, we investigate what it is about this strip of sun-drenched coastline that inspired these great artists – and where they spent their time in the region.

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Posted on 16th Sep 2014 16:56:36 in Nice News

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Party on in historic Avignon

In the movie Bucket List, Jack Nicholson ate a 'do-before-you-die' Michelin star meal in Eze. In part three of our series we explain how to take a chopper home from Monaco...

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Posted on 9th Sep 2014 10:44:04 in Nice News

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The new Bicicletta Shop on rue Delfy, Nice, France

The picturesque rue Delfy neighbourhood is tucked into the northeastern-most corner of the Carré d’Or neighbourhood. Just behind Nice’s MAMAC (Museum of Contemporary Art) and place Garibaldi, the residential area is dotted with antiquarian bookstores, offbeat boutiques and friendly cafés. Best of all, this vibrant quarter is entirely off the beaten track for most holidaymakers visiting the city.

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Posted on 26th Aug 2014 12:31:37 in Nice News

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Matisse's former home, at the eastern end of the cours Saleya, Nice

The world’s most famous artists – from Henri Matisse to Jack Vettriano – have chosen to make Nice their home. In the first of a five-part blog series, we investigate what it is about this strip of sun-drenched coastline that inspired these great artists – and where they spent their time in the region.

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Posted on 12th Aug 2014 10:08:07 in Nice News

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Champagne with your caviar sir? For budget bling read on...

In the movie Bucket List, Jack Nicholson ate a 'do-before-you-die' Michelin star meal in Eze. In a part two of our series we explain how to sail out of St Tropez like a billionaire...

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Posted on 5th Aug 2014 13:49:03 in Nice News

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Beach clubs

Summer is upon us and so is all the glamour of the French Riviera Beach Clubs. For a sublime holiday experience, you just can’t miss a day at a beach club. Locals grow to prefer pebbles over sand, but there’s no denying feet need to navigate tricky terrain. To eliminate this hassle, thick hessian carpets right down to the water’s edge can be yours at a beach club. You also benefit from toilets, showers, lockers and of course waiter service right to your matalas. Better still, this sunny club-land of sugar daddies, bronzed beauties and Russians in head-to-toe Cavalli is just as entertaining as a visit to Nice’s flower market or the Picasso Museum in Antibes.

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Posted on 5th Aug 2014 12:44:31 in Pebbles Properties

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Mummy's star charity auction

This month saw us say goodbye to our Portofino apartment which had been on our books for over four years. Our Owners, Patrick and Breda Beckett retired a few months back and decided it was time to cut ties with his holiday home at Nice’s Port. Pebbles Sales sold the property for him in just under a month, and the new Owner will take possession as their full time residential home.

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Posted on 20th Jul 2014 10:09:53 in Nice News

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Wine tasting in Provence. What's on your bucket list?

In the movie Bucket List, Jack Nicholson ate a 'do-before-you-die' Michelin star meal in Eze. In a four-part series we explain how to do the Top 20 Riviera must-sees, without breaking the bank...

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Posted on 9th Jul 2014 09:43:48 in Nice News

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Fireworks on the Promenade, image courtesy of J. Kelagopian

You’ve landed on the French Riviera. Come July, it seems like life along this golden strip of coastline is one big party. Mornings kick off with market jaunts, lunches are spent over a lazy bottle of rosé. And who can resist a refreshing dip in the sea at sundown? But on July 14, that holiday sensation feels like it has been cranked up a notch.

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Posted on 3rd Jul 2014 12:38:26 in Nice News

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Allez Glossop

Our pretty village town of Glossop (the home of our UK office) seems to be coming down with yellow fever, and language as we know it is being replaced by cries of “Allez, Allez”. And it’s only set to spread. Though it’s far from a nasty affliction, it’s the gearing up for the 2014 Tour de France. The world’s most famous cycling race is starting its 101th Tour from the unexpected English Yorkshire Dales on Saturday 5th July.

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Posted on 19th Jun 2014 11:15:11 in Nice News

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Nice Port's War Memorial - courtesy of Jesmar for WikiMedia Commons

Sited at the strategic crossroads of Europe, everyone has wanted a piece of France. Greeks, Romans, Vandals and Normans have all staked a claim. More recent invasions by Italians, Germans, Americans and Brits changed the course of history – much of it on the Southern French beaches where Europe now sunbathes all summer long.

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Posted on 16th Jun 2014 15:11:44 in Nice News

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Guide in boxes

We’re just about able to stand on our tiptoes and see over the brown paper boxes containing yep, our 5th Pebbles Guide. 1,000 of them arrived at our UK offices this morning, and the other 24,000 copies are trundling down the motorway making the journey over to Nice. They say they are going to be there by Monday, but we’re hoping not since our usual storage place can’t home the 15 pallets and we’re desperately seeking another! It will all work out in the end…

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Posted on 10th Jun 2014 11:02:07 in Nice News

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The Riviera personified: "Sunshine and Champagne" by Jack Vettriano © Jack Vettriano

In a recent interview with local newspaper Riviera Reporter, Vettriano confides, “I’m in Nice as often as I can be; I find the climate, the light and the people-watching there such a pleasure and very inspiring… Ultimately, perhaps it’s the light down there – such a counterpoint to the grey days spent in London or Scotland.”

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Posted on 2nd Jun 2014 10:37:27 in Pebbles Properties

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Picasso

Congratulations to our Picasso apartment which on 17 May was chosen by The Times Newspaper feature "Top 20 Villas on the French Riviera". Well, both our Owner and us are a little puzzled about how this two bedroom apartment made it within the realms of 19 other grand places with ground and pools, but it shines amongst them nonetheless. Who are we to argue?

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Posted on 22nd May 2014 15:58:38 in Pebbles Properties

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UK based team

The 16 May 2014 saw the new signage going up at our new larger UK offices in Glossop Derbyshire. This is the new HQ for Pebbles and where we now have eight salaried staff. The main role of this office is to speak and email our guests, at all stages of their booking with us until they arrive in Nice, where the Nice office takes over.

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Posted on 19th May 2014 17:24:41 in Pebbles Properties

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French based team

We’ve always known at Pebbles that good customer service is the lifeblood of any business. It is why we’re proud of our statistics that over 30% of our guests are repeat guests, and some guests have stayed with us over ten times already.

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Posted on 19th May 2014 17:15:01 in Pebbles Properties

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Rigoletto apartment

When we choose a name for a new Pebbles’ rental apartment, there’s usually a story behind it. In this ten part series we give you the story behind a name, along with some insight into the holiday apartment from us and our Owners, and a one-time 20% discount offer to book the apartment featured in the month ahead.

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Posted on 17th May 2014 09:52:00 in Pebbles Properties

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Serenity Apartment

What I dream of is an art of balance, of purity and serenity devoid of troubling or depressing subject matter - a soothing, calming influence on the mind, rather like a good armchair which provides relaxation from physical fatigue.

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Posted on 14th May 2014 14:23:33 in Nice News

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Secret guest draw

Shhh….Patricia Peebles is the winner! It made us smile as we read out the surname which is exactly what the French call us. At least one letter the rather surly postman delivers to our office a week is addressed to “Nice Peebles”. Well in the spirit of full disclosure, Patricia Peebles is of no connection to Pebbles, save for she was a guest visiting us from the US who volunteered to be a Secret guest for her stay in our Boucherie apartment in March 2013.

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Posted on 6th May 2014 17:12:19 in Nice News

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Summer festivals

Nice seems to have its own soundtrack in early summer. The festivals and concert dates come tumbling after one another in such quick succession that the city is rarely silent. As well as huge acts like Robbie Williams playing in Monaco this June (sorry, we couldn’t get a ticket either), there are all many of free concerts and celebrations where tickets are still available.

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Posted on 23rd Apr 2014 09:05:00 in Property Investment

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The sunny street view from Christy's apartment, La Luciole

From high-fliers to foreign families, our Owners are as unique as the property they purchase. Whilst we love all our apartments and holiday rental properties that we can offer to our guests, its the individuality that excites us, and many of our guests, when we're helping choose the right holiday rental for them. On our sales site you can follow our five-part series, where we get up close and personal with a selection of our owner clients. International consultant Christine Quirk purchased La Luciole (The Firefly), her 1936 Art Deco apartment located in Nice’s port, through Nice Pebbles in autumn 2013. She choose to buy in Nice because “Nice combines both the climate and flight connections to Europe, Asia and the Gulf that make it a convenient and relaxing escape for me at any time of the year".

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Posted on 12th Mar 2014 16:51:37 in Nice News

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Nice Airport is expanding

During the financial crisis many airports struggled. Nice Cote d’Azur has welcomed increasing numbers every year. In 2012 it broke its own record of 11m arrivals, a greater number than Prague, London Luton, Gran Canaria and most other capital, low cost and tourism hubs.

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Posted on 10th Feb 2014 16:59:54 in Nice News

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Breaking the Vault

In mid-July 1976, the bank’s Nice branch opposite Galeries Lafayette played host to ‘the robbery of the century’.

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Posted on 17th Dec 2013 13:32:00 in Nice News

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Photographies tour Eiffel

Gustave Eiffel shocked and awed in equal measure. His avant-garde genius built monuments as diverse as Budapest train station and the structure of the Statue of Liberty in New York.

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