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Posted on 5th Nov 2019 13:20:54 in Go & Do

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The infamous Circuit de Monaco

The shortest and slowest race of the Formula One calendar requires the most skill to win. The ability to weave a 200cm-wide vehicle through 19th-century streets at speeds of 260kmh is one that few drivers can master.

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Posted on 22nd Oct 2019 13:41:49 in Go & Do

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Nice's fabulous Photography Museum

Nice’s photography museum is a big hitter. A prime location opposite the Préfecture, coupled with decades of experience, draws in A-grade photo exhibitions.

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Posted on 2nd Oct 2019 13:44:38 in Eats & Drinks

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Gésu's menu - barely changed in three decades

Euro-for-Euro, Gésu must rank as the best restaurant in Nice. Its terrace heaves with diners who bellow orders from plastic tables, while sinking €8 pitchers of Cotes de Provence.

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Posted on 2nd Sep 2019 13:34:28 in Eats & Drinks

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Fenocchio ice-creams in Nice Old Town

Fenocchio describes itself as a Maitre Glacier, or 'master ice-cream maker'. From its picturesque locale on place Rossetti in Nice Old Town, it has scooped award-winning cones since 1966. Celebrity foodies including David Lebovitz are fans.

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Posted on 1st Aug 2019 13:27:52 in Eats & Drinks

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Japanese restaurant Kamogawa in Nice

If only Instagram had existed when Japanese eatery Kamogawa set up shop decades ago. The restaurant would have become an instant hit.

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Posted on 10th Jul 2019 13:35:26 in Eats & Drinks

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La Popote d’Ondine

La Popote d’Ondine is the epitome of lazy, tasty Sunday breakfasts but all day long, and for every day of the week. Yay! Waffles, pancakes, salads and homemade cakes galore, all heartily washed down with shakes, juices and gourmet coffee.

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Posted on 18th Jun 2019 21:05:00 in Eats & Drinks

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Rue Dalpozzo

You can easily miss Rue Dalpozzo, but you shouldn’t if you’re looking for great little venues where the friendly vibes and excellent cuisine brings more word of mouth business than any advertising or high -rents-for-high-footfall ever could. The locals eat here, alongside the tourists who have found the street on a previous visit and keep coming back for more.

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Posted on 16th Jun 2019 18:20:42 in Guest Info

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Tramway

For a few years now, amidst the glamour, sunshine and joli de vivre, there’s been a gremlin in Nice. Not for much longer! The dust that has plagued the city is finally being swept up, the barricades are gone from walkways and everywhere there are beaming prideful smiles as the city embraces the new airport to port tramline.

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Posted on 6th May 2019 12:48:50 in Guest Info

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Pick up post

Being abroad shouldn’t mean that you miss out on online purchases or letters from loved-ones – and it doesn’t. Guests staying for more than a couple of weeks often ask us how they can receive parcels and letters whilst living in France.

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Posted on 8th Apr 2019 12:31:28 in Go & Do

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Le Jardin des Arènes de Cimiez

Enjoy pure relaxation as you sit under the rows of olive trees, with a book, a picnic and a blanket – there’s nothing better on a sunny day. The red façade of the Matisse museum makes for a great backdrop, contrasting nicely with the blue sky behind. You will often see the local French men playing the popular game of boules in the gardens; or if you’re lucky, you might witness a lone musician playing some gentle melodies on their guitar, keeping up the atmosphere of overwhelming calm and peace.

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Posted on 1st Apr 2019 12:37:11 in Go & Do

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Parc Estienne d’Orves

You are still in the heart of Nice, but just by walking uphill for fifteen minutes, the air changes completely, you escape the crowds and you come across the Estienne d’Orves Park. Within these 15 hectares there’s plenty of foliage and magnificent views.

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Posted on 12th Mar 2019 14:38:53 in Eats & Drinks

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Vegan Gorilla

Opening its doors in 2015, Vegan Gorilla’s organic and locally sourced vegan cuisine remains a big hit with the locals. Run by M. and Mme Berton, you’d be glad you’ve stumbled across this hidden gem in rue du Lycée, found mid-way between the Old Town and Jean Medicin.

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Posted on 8th Mar 2019 12:16:33 in Go & Do

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Collline du Château

OK, you may be slightly breathless when you’ve climbed the steps, but the park and view is well worth the effort. If you’ll find the steps a challenge, there’s an ascenseur (elevator) at the tip of rue de Ponchettes, near the Old Town. This is one of three entrances to this park sat on top of the city.

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Posted on 1st Mar 2019 16:16:54 in Eats & Drinks

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The Fat Mermaid

When Victoria and Jeremy; husband-and-wife team and the brains behind The Fat Mermaid, planned a romantic getaway to Ireland, they hoped for museums, beautiful scenery, and friendly locals. What they couldn’t have predicted was their new-found love of Irish cuisine. Crispy battered fish, chunky chips, and impossibly green mushy peas – this British institution captured their hearts and stomachs, and so upon their return to France, The Fat Mermaid was born.

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Posted on 1st Mar 2019 12:25:07 in Go & Do

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Parc Vigier

Despite its modest dimensions, this park has all you need, and tends to be much quieter than others. Right next to the sea, it’s a perfect picnic spot or a place to while away an hour or two with a book under the shade of the trees.

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Posted on 28th Feb 2019 12:53:05 in Go & Do

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Musée marc chagall

“The quintessential Jewish artist of the twentieth century,” Marc Zaharovich Chagall was one of many celebrity artists smitten by the Côte d'Azur, and he eventually settled in Saint-Paul de Vence, a small commune on the French Riviera. It’s little wonder then that he chose to house the Musée Marc Chagall in Cimiez, nestled away in the hills of sunny Nice. Dedicated to his biblical works, the museum is a celebration of Chagall’s Jewish heritage, combining surreal imagery taken from the artist’s life (think flying goats, tumbling flowers, and spiralling embraces) with the Old Testament and the Hebrew Song of Songs.

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Posted on 24th Feb 2019 13:11:40 in Go & Do

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Musée Renoir

Like many before him, Renoir settled on the Riviera to treat his ill-health, hopeful that the warm weather and sea air would bring some relief in his old age. Despite being riddled with arthritis and having limited mobility (in his final years he needed help just picking up a paintbrush), Renoir persevered and produced many successful works at Les Collettes (his family home), including his lively portrait of Austrian actress Tilla Durieux; completed just five years before his death.

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Posted on 18th Feb 2019 13:04:49 in Go & Do

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Matisse in Nice

Matisse adored the Riviera. After a childhood spent in the industrial town of Bohain-en-Vermandois, he relocated to Nice permanently in 1917, captivated by the spectacular light of the region. He lived in Nice for most of his life (first in the grand yellow building at the eastern end of Nice’s Cours Saleya, called place Charles Félix, and latterly in the Hotel Regina in Cimiez), and then fled to Vence after the Nazi invasion. Want to immerse yourself in Matisse?

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Posted on 5th Feb 2019 19:19:31 in Guest Info

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Printing and office facilities in Nice

It’s no secret that France has a penchant for paperwork, and dealing with the seemingly endless list of contracts, application forms, and certificates can be overwhelming – not least when it comes to printing it all out.

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Posted on 25th Jan 2019 19:59:11 in Go & Do

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Parks in Nice

World-renowned for its coastline, it is easy to forget that the French Riviera is also home to some beautiful open green spaces. Grab a baguette, some wine, cheese, and whatever else strikes your fancy, and enjoy one of the most satisfying and cheap days out around.

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Posted on 22nd Jan 2019 18:11:37 in Your apartment

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Hot water at our apartments

There’s nothing worse than running out of hot water, we know. Since the provision of hot water in Nice might vary from what you are used to at home, we thought we’d write a quick post for those who like to do lots of research before they come.

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Posted on 4th Jan 2019 20:45:09 in Muse Mag

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Mastering the French language

It may be world-renowned as the language of love, but it’s also a universal truth that learning French can unfortunately be a labour of love. Our English roots leave us lazy, it seems everyone speaks English and so we’ve never had to make the effort to be understood. Yet, grasping even just the basics of the French language can be life-enhancing to enjoying more of the world you visit.

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Posted on 4th Jan 2019 20:39:06 in Muse Mag

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Step 3: Keep with it

To become fluent, you must find a continuation method of learning. Once back home, commitment and practise are key. If you are not using the language you will get rusty, and though it will all be there somewhere, your brain won’t access it quickly enough to converse and you’ll sadly lose your French flare.

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Posted on 4th Jan 2019 20:32:46 in Muse Mag

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Bring French into your home

Well done if you’ve taken the time and effort to go to classes and join groups. We bet you’re asking yourself “How am I not fluent yet?!’”. Everyone who learns a second language after the age of 10 has been here, but to further your language learning you must go that extra mile and try bringing French into your home. Try having a conversation every day in French in your maison.

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Posted on 4th Jan 2019 20:20:50 in Muse Mag

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French courses & living like a local

One of the first fundamental steps to learning French is taking a French course. With bucket-loads to choose from, here’s a selection we can recommend. Most offer accommodation, but (and of course, we’d say this – but promise it’s true) none as good as Pebbles. The smart language learner pays for the course but books their accommodation with Pebbles.

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Posted on 3rd Jan 2019 17:14:43 in Go & Do

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Museums on French Riviera

Full of cultural heritage, art and design, the French Riviera is one of Europe’s best destinations for world-class museums. From Archaeology to Perfumery, the Cote d’Azur truly does not disappoint on the museum front and has something for everyone, not surprising as there are over 40 of them. The MAMAC contemporary art museum and the Musée Massena history museum (hyperlink to blog post) are just a couple that are worth a visit whilst holidaying with us, but why not hop on a train and explore what the rest of the French Riviera has to offer? If you plan to visit several museums during your stay, or for our long-term guests, the tourism office offers a Côte d’Azur Card or a Pass Musées de Nice (hyperlink to blog post on this) which allows you access to various museums at a reduced cost.

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Posted on 19th Dec 2018 15:30:41 in Guest Info

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Check-out 12 noon as standard

At Pebbles, all our guests are VIPs – that’s very important Pebbles. You lovely bunch are also unique and we know one service does not fit all. We always try and go the extra mile to ensure your holiday needs are fulfilled. As well as being on-hand for all queries by phone and email, guests are more than welcome to pop into our office located at 37 Rue de L’Hotel des Postes to ask any questions; whether it be about your Pebbles apartment or local information.

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Posted on 14th Dec 2018 19:12:18 in Go & Do

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Tennis in Monte Carlo

Held in the dream destination of Roquebrune-Cap-Martin, a real treat is to combine a stay with us with the Rolex-Monte Carlo Masters For 2019 it will take place between 13th- 21st of April.

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Posted on 1st Dec 2018 09:58:56 in Eats & Drinks

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Easy five a day

This cute almost hole-in-the-wall, located at 16 Boulevard Jean Jaurès offers juices, smoothies and take-away pots of nutritious food including raw food cakes. What makes it a little different is the owners know all things nutritious and are happy to chat in English and French about how you can heal from what you put into your body-temple. For an area where vegan food, or “free from” isn’t as accessible as other areas, this is a god-send for some.

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Posted on 1st Dec 2018 09:54:50 in Eats & Drinks

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Italian eats on Jean Jaures

As well, as Sushi, Jean Jaures is a foodie heaven for those pizza and pasta carbs. Since Nice’s history makes the town a hybrid of Italian and French, you’re never far away from Italian cuisine, of varying quality.

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Posted on 1st Dec 2018 09:49:10 in Eats & Drinks

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Sushi Restaurants Jean Jaures, Nice

We’ve no idea why, but over the years Jean Jaurès has been taken over by Sushi. The boulevard is home to three sushi shops, Planet Sushi, Sushi Lune and Le Kobé, each with their own twist.

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Posted on 1st Dec 2018 09:35:57 in Go & Do

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Nice's main market: Le Cours Saleya

The sovereign of the Old Town, Le Cours Saleya is a fully pedestrianised street parallel to Quai d’Etats Unis and the end of the Promenade. You haven’t really been to Nice, if you leave without meandering around this area both during the day and at dusk – or even late into the night. You don’t have to buy anything, there are plenty who just soak up the atmosphere, colours and scents on offer, or watch others doing the same from one of the pavement cafes, bars or restaurants.

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Posted on 30th Nov 2018 09:32:19 in Go & Do

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Books: Acropole, Jean Jaures Nice

Booklovers will adore this cosy and charming enclave located just off Place Massena. Spend a few minutes with the owner and you’ll see he’s clearly infatuated with all things literary. It’s a friendly place for bookworms and there’s always someone on hand to help you choose from the well-curated array of books.

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Posted on 29th Nov 2018 09:29:10 in Eats & Drinks

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Chez Olive, Felix Faures Nice

Cool without being pretentious, here you can enjoy traditional Provencal food such as ravioli and focaccia, beef daube and cod fillets. There’s enough for vegetarians, and portions are generous.

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Posted on 28th Nov 2018 09:24:21 in Go & Do

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Nice's Paillon parc

Unveiled in 2013. the Promenade du Paillon is the result of an extensive (and expensive) renovation project which transformed a run-down bus station in to the natural oasis that it is today.

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Posted on 27th Nov 2018 09:15:22 in Go & Do

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Park Phoenix in Nice

Parc Phoenix is a godsend for families. There’s a playground, small petting zoo, aquarium as well as the famous Diamant Vert pyramid. It's easy to get to - just near Nice airport.

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Posted on 26th Nov 2018 15:25:42 in Eats & Drinks

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Enjoy Christmas in Nice

Fed up of spending your Christmas day in cold, drizzly weather? Come and soak up some soak up some winter sun, and enjoy the festivities in Nice and the French Riviera. There’s plenty to do from the Christmas markets to traditional swims in the Med.

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Posted on 25th Nov 2018 19:46:05 in Guest Info

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English speaking doctors and dentists in Nice

We understand that our guests can sometimes feel a bit disorientated and all over the place, especially if it’s your first time in Nice. Luckily, Nice is an easy city to navigate around when the unexpected happens, and we’re also here to help if needed.

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Posted on 24th Nov 2018 15:03:42 in Guest Info

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Disposal of plastic and glass

Not all heroes wear capes – some just know how to properly separate their recycling. Once you know what can / cannot be recycled and how to do it, it’s easy! To help you on your way, we’ve provided some simple recycling guidelines to follow during your stay in Nice.

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Posted on 22nd Nov 2018 10:08:25 in Go & Do

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Musée Massena image: Nice Tourisme

Born into French Riviera aristocracy, Prince Victor d’Essling built Nice’s finest pleasure palace next door to the Hotel Negresco. It now serves as the city's history museum.

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Posted on 20th Nov 2018 10:04:30 in Go & Do

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Image: Opéra de Nice

The Nice Opera House blings like an Emirati throne room. That’s because it was designed by architects Charles Garnier (the brains behind the Casino de Monte-Carlo) and François Aune (who studied under frequent Nice resident Gustave Eiffel, of Tower fame).

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Posted on 19th Nov 2018 10:01:11 in Go & Do

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Star-studded shops of Nice Etoile

Nice Etoile could have easily dated into a naff mall that hocked velour pantalons. Fortunately Nice's premier shopping centre offers sushi and smoothies, plus free WiFi and 24-hour parking.

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Posted on 18th Nov 2018 09:58:11 in Go & Do

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Contemporary culture:Villa Arson

The Villa Arson hasn’t stopped pioneering since 1970. It remains a cultural hybrid of arts university and museum, where it showcases the experimental output of students past and present.

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Posted on 16th Nov 2018 13:55:46 in Go & Do

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Galerie Lympia: prison to arthouse

Nice’s newest art space has a history as colourful as the city itself. In 2017 this former prison became an unlikely venue for gloriously uplifting art.

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Posted on 16th Nov 2018 12:03:00 in Your apartment

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Electrics & appliances

We absolutely agree with Anne Lamont’s second truth: “almost everything will work again if you unplug it for a few minutes…including you”. (Anne Lamont - 12 truths I learnt from life and writing)

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Posted on 15th Nov 2018 11:09:51 in Your apartment

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Troubleshooting: Common tech issues during your stay

To quote The IT Crowd, “Have you tried turning it off and on again?” Without meaning to be flippant, this is probably the first question we ask if you contact us via phone or email to report a fault, and statistically, it solves some 30% of issues immediately.

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Posted on 12th Nov 2018 17:18:14 in Go & Do

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French Riviera Towns: Cagnes

A seaside town between Nice and Antibes with unbeatable picturesque views, Cagnes sur Mer is a hidden gem. The town is most famed for the Musée Renoir (link to phoebe’s art Renoir blog post), as well as the below.

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Posted on 11th Nov 2018 14:23:15 in Go & Do

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Spa-days in Nice

Many of our guests ask for spas for when they stay with us, wanting to combine winter sunshine and walks down the Promenade with a French Riviera spa day – few do relaxation and beauty better. Here's where you can book some me-time.

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Posted on 5th Nov 2018 14:42:55 in Guest Info

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Hailing a cab in Nice

If you’re expecting to leave a bar and hail a black or yellow cab (or any colour in-between), prepare for a shock. Nice taxis are very regulated and it’s a mean feat to hail anything bigger than a cycle-taxi on the promenade.

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Posted on 5th Nov 2018 10:29:25 in Guest Info

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Finding a pharmacy in Nice

The French are proud of their pharmacies. Though they don’t offer glitzy eyeshadow or sell super-cheap meal deals à la Boots, French pharmacy has well trained pharmacists (quasi-doctors for simple maladies) and are well-stocked with all manner of pills and potions for every conceivable ailment. Many speak very good English, and most will try to help you overcome any language barrier.

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Posted on 28th Oct 2018 08:28:38 in Eats & Drinks

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Oliviera restaurant

We’ve been coming to this small restaurant (which doubles as a speciality olive oil shop) for over a decade now. It remains my absolute favourite, and almost every time I dine, I overhear voices from other diners who murmur in delight at the flavours.

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Posted on 24th Oct 2018 08:37:37 in Your apartment

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Understanding French light switches

Ok, this is an odd guide post, but we promise a helpful one if you’re new to Nice. We’ve read many a guest comment over the years whose holiday would have been better if they had understood the light switches in the hallways of buildings. So, in the quest to ensure you all have the best stay possible, here’s what you need to know.

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Posted on 23rd Oct 2018 17:35:48 in Eats & Drinks

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Nice's Bistrot d'Antoine

When we speak with our Pebbles guests, and they ask for recommendations for traditional French cuisine at reasonable prices, we invariably direct them to Bistrot d’Antoine, the cosiest, most popular and romantic bistro tucked away in the back streets of the Old Town.

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Posted on 15th Oct 2018 10:47:29 in Guest Info

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Shops, restaurants & bars

The French schedule and traditional opening times might not completely mirror what you’re used to home. The French take their lunch and leisure time seriously, although as a tourist hotspot, Nice will have significantly more doors open than in industrial towns.

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Posted on 1st Oct 2018 14:12:49 in Guest Info

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Annual events

Thousands of visitors land at Nice airport annually for various events including the Monaco Grand Prix and Cannes film festival. Flights around these dates are sold at a premium, sometimes a hefty one. For example, as of today (8 months in advance) you can pick up Easyjet flights at the beginning of May for around 30 euros return but move the dates to the 23nd May – 28th May and you won’t get a seat for less than 150 euros – triple the price. You can expect it to triple again closer to the date.

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Posted on 23rd Sep 2018 07:58:26 in Guest Info

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Parking in Nice

Most locals use public transport for a reason: driving and parking around Nice city centre isn’t fun, or cheap. Public transport around the city is far more relaxing, easy and kinder to your wallet.

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Posted on 16th Sep 2018 17:45:23 in Go & Do

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Grasse

Grasse, situated in the hills north of Cannes is world famous for its Perfume industry which started in the 17th century. Its reputation as the perfume capital of Europe still stands today and welcomes hundreds of thousands of visitors each year, eager to learn about the towns unique industry.

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Posted on 15th Sep 2018 20:50:36 in Guest Info

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East-West Tramline

The Ouest-Est Tram Line is almost set to rock and rail! After testing the line throughout September, the plans to have part of the tram line up-and-running in December are looking positive. However, this will only provide transport between Magnan and to le CADAM. So unfortunately, the line won’t yet be of much benefit to our guests staying in the heart of the city.

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Posted on 5th Sep 2018 12:19:43 in Go & Do

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Join the early summer fun at Nice's Fête du Port

Families, gourmands and all-night revellers flock to Nice harbour for the Fête du Port. During the city’s largest free festival, the area hosts sound stages, food trucks and alfresco wine depots.

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Posted on 5th Sep 2018 12:14:43 in Go & Do

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Image: www.fete-du-citron.com

Menton scoops the prize for the sunniest town in France. Little wonder it boasts an annual citrus carnival offering winter zest to 150,000 visitors.

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Posted on 5th Sep 2018 12:07:40 in Go & Do

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Nice's intimate Cinema Mercury

The Mercury is Nice’s leading cinema for independent, English-language and version originale films. That means intimate screening rooms, but no popcorn or 3-D spectaculars.

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Posted on 17th Aug 2018 16:07:28 in Guest Info

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Public holidays in France

Every year, France celebrates a rather generous 11 public holidays, with Bastille Day (14th July) and All Saints Day (1st November) being the most widely celebrated. Here's how to plan around them during your stay.

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Posted on 16th Aug 2018 11:16:57 in Guest Info

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Packing for Nice, France

Passports, boarding passes, adaptors, electronics’ chargers, prescription meds, toothbrush, hairbrush… We all know to never forget these things, but we all do. Well, with the stress of deciding what to pack and what to leave behind, something is always bound to go amiss.

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Posted on 3rd Aug 2018 08:13:36 in Eats & Drinks

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Le Bocal, rue Alberti, Nice

A small, intimate place, with laid-back vibes and a middle-eastern touch; Le Bocal caters exclusively for lunch, opening for just four hours a day. Just a five-minute walk from the Pebbles office, it is a particular favourite of our team when we’re after a quick lunch-time treat.

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Posted on 24th Jul 2018 10:42:42 in Eats & Drinks

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Le Chantecler, Negresco, Nice

With its two Michelin stars, is one of those places you might overlook until a very special occasion arises. Life’s too short! Go now – it’s a fab experience, if you can get in that is, early-bird booking is essential (it took us three attempts before we secured a table for four).

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Posted on 19th Jul 2018 14:13:27 in Eats & Drinks

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Alounak

Alounak prides itself on the hearty meals suitable for most eating genres: vegan, vegetarian, gluten-free friendly and carnivores (though meat dishes are a token few – the flip side of a standard restaurant). So, as the owner says himself, it’s a restaurant for vegans who have non-vegan friends. The owner is a vegan, and is very happy to talk vegan, but also happy in the company of meat-eaters too. It’s just good honest food, from an owner with a similar personality.

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Posted on 19th Jul 2018 14:04:56 in Eats & Drinks

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Pékin Restaurant

Perhaps the best restaurant of its kind in Nice, Pékin is an absolute must for vegans and vegetarians. Think a three course-all-you-can-eat Chinese buffet-style meal but with a twist. The restaurant has been around a long time, but converted to being fully vegetarian in 2017. Where a dish is vegan, you’ll see a sign on the menu (over 50% of the offerings are).

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Posted on 18th Jul 2018 13:46:39 in Eats & Drinks

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Big Fernand, rue Gioffredo, Nice

Big in name and big in flavour, Big Fernand is the place for all things burgers when staying in Nice. The restaurant is a modern twist on the American diner experience and is children friendly. There's always a queue for either eating in, or taking away.

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Posted on 16th Jul 2018 13:32:10 in Go & Do

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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 12th Jul 2018 12:32:34 in Go & Do

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© Nice Tourisme

The worlds’ first jazz festival (yes in Nice not the USA!) celebrates its 70th birthday in 2018. It is set to be bigger and better than ever. Nice Jazz Festival is one of the French Riviera’s unmissable events and aims to bring over 60,000 music lovers to Nice over the second week of July.

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Posted on 7th Jul 2018 15:04:15 in Eats & Drinks

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Au Vieux Four, Emmanuel Philbert, Nice

Often hailed as the best pizzeria in Nice, Au Vieux Four is not one to miss. Cooked in the “Vieux Four” (old oven) these pizzas are baked to perfection. In peak months, you’ll struggle to get a table if you go after 8pm, especially at weekends, but they can take reservations and speak enough English for you to call and book.

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Posted on 7th Jul 2018 14:59:56 in Eats & Drinks

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L’Ane Rouge, Quai des Emmannuels, Nice

Almost a Port institution, this restaurant has been Michelin starred for years, and remains so for 2018. For a special occasion, this is a gourmet treat, high on flavour with superior presentation. The menu changes often, largely governed by what fish has been caught that day.

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Posted on 7th Jul 2018 14:53:41 in Eats & Drinks

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Peixes in Port

If you’re fancying top quality fresh seafood but don’t want to head over to the Port, then Peixies (pronounced ‘pesh’) is the place for you. Just a minute from Place Massena, with a great vibe in the evening in this part of town, this restaurant is a must for the fish lovers!

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Posted on 7th Jul 2018 14:24:45 in Eats & Drinks

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Emilie's Cookies, rue Alberti Nice

Connoisseurs of bagels, quiches and of course, cookies, Emilie's Cookies is one of the hottest spots along the Riviera for brunching and lunching. There are two branches in Nice, and a few others across the French Riviera.

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Posted on 7th Jul 2018 14:16:46 in Eats & Drinks

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Stuzzico in the Old Town

It might just look like a hole in the wall but it’s much more exciting than that. Stuzzico’s is one of the best places to find quick take away Italian food in Nice. It's also very handily located – just off Rue de la Préfecture - if hunger strikes on the way home from a party night.

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Posted on 4th Jul 2018 16:13:26 in Go & Do

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

Art and the Cote d’Azur play together like watercolours on canvas. The light that welcomed greats like Matisse, Picasso and Renoir has welcomed generations of artists and amateurs alike.sides. Practise makes perfect with our three part blog series:

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Posted on 2nd Jul 2018 17:25:59 in Go & Do

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Monaco museums

Monaco prides itself on its glitz and glamour, but as a popular tourist destination it has remarkable heritage, culture and a variety of museums to show this off. Below are a couple we recommend visiting if you ever find yourself in this little paradise.

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Posted on 2nd Jul 2018 11:28:56 in Go & Do

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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? Not at all! Spend the €40 dive fee on 8 bottles of Carrefour rosé instead. A mask and snorkel are all that’s required to spot octopi and sea bass just a short swim from shore.

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Posted on 25th Jun 2018 15:49:37 in Go & Do

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Nice's big hitting Musée Matisse, image courtesy of bchookang via WikiMedia Commons

It’s the biggest art event on the French Riviera this year. Until September 29th, the Musée Matisse hosts an unprecedented show detailing the friendly rivalry between two 20th-century greats: Pablo Picasso and Henri Matisse.

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Posted on 4th Jun 2018 10:36:50 in Eats & Drinks

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Mange-Moi

Mangez-Moi is a charming oasis within the hustle and bustle of city life, complete with a flower garden, orange trees, colourful seating and twinkling lights. It’s USP are the home grown citrus fruits grown in the garden of the Parisian owner’s Martine and Hugues.

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Posted on 31st May 2018 11:02:27 in Go & Do

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Sunset views from Ile Sainte-Marguerite's southern shores

Picture a sun-kissed island. Golden beaches cover its shores. Each one offers private access to the shimmering Mediterranean. Pine and eucalyptus-shaded walking paths crisscross the isle’s interior: no motorised vehicles are allowed.

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Posted on 30th May 2018 16:31:54 in Go & Do

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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 is where you need to go.

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Posted on 29th May 2018 11:18:58 in Go & Do

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

Although waterskiing was believed to have been invented in the US’s Midwest, it is Juan-les-Pins’ swish Hôtel Belles Rives that lays claim to popularising this new-fangled pastime in Europe throughout the 1920s and 30s.

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Posted on 24th May 2018 13:06:14 in Go & Do

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

The Carte Isabelle family rail pass is one of the South of France’s best kept travel secrets offering unlimited train journeys on the Alpes-Maritimes network for one day for just €35. That means hop-on hop-off rail travel from Cannes to Menton for two adults and two children.

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Posted on 24th May 2018 10:51:52 in Go & Do

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

Like St Tropez itself, the voyage to the playground of Mick Jagger, Béyonce and Kate Moss is extremely beautiful but far from cheap. From Nice, it isn’t the easiest of places to reach (in the summer the roads can get very, very congested…)

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Posted on 23rd May 2018 18:59:22 in Go & Do

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Don't look down! The Gorges du Verdon is Provence's most exciting sight

The Deal: Europe’s Grand Canyon is just that: a seismic chasm 20km-long set in primeval countryside. The gorge ribbons to depths of 700m so a hire car is the only option to explore. The conveniently located Sixt office in Hotel Le Meridien hosts online deals from €27 per day – a bargain at less than €10 each for a family of four.

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Posted on 23rd May 2018 12:58:56 in Go & Do

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Make mine a mozzarella burrata - that's San Remo on a plate

An easy daytrip pairs scintillating scenery with panoramic sea views. Best of all, this lovely train ride transports visitors to the amazingly chic San Remo in the heart of Bella Italia.

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Posted on 16th May 2018 17:11:44 in Go & Do

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

It looks like fun, doesn’t it? That lone paddleboarder, standing atop a glassy surface, somewhere between San Remo and St Tropez. Well you can do it too! There are dozens of hire places along the Cote d’Azur.

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Posted on 15th May 2018 17:34:58 in Go & Do

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Antibes' museums

The old town of Antibes is a hit with thousands of visitors each year. Most tourists take themselves to the little beach or take a stroll along the numerous tucked away cobbled streets, but if you ever find yourself in Antibes why not take a visit to the below and immerse yourself in the history of Archaeology?

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Posted on 12th May 2018 14:48:38 in Go & Do

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Start small on an Optimist. Next stop a superyacht

The great and good have always sailed along the South of France - King Edward VII a century ago, Keith Richards in the 1970s and in 2015 America’s Cup champ Sir Ben Ainslie. The allure is self-evident. A touch of glamour plus bags of adrenaline, but where to start?

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Posted on 12th May 2018 10:00:48 in Go & Do

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Marseille in a day: all possible with the TGV

Marseille via TGV high-speed train is two hours and 30 minutes away. The walk-on fare is €35 one-way via SNCF; with much cheaper advance booking deals available.

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Posted on 9th May 2018 11:46:46 in Go & Do

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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 you can produce in the comfort of your own home. For €10 you can pick up all the makings of a gourmet meal!

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Posted on 8th May 2018 10:04:42 in Go & Do

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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 7th May 2018 15:38:42 in Go & Do

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

It may come as small surprise that the Cote d’Azur is one of the top 3 most popular private jet hubs in the world. A-listers from the Beckhams to the Kardashians descend here each summer.

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Posted on 2nd May 2018 15:33:46 in Go & Do

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Over 200 years ago Napoléon I was beaten at the Battle of Nations, forced to abdicate and exiled to Elba. In 1815 Napoléon solved this problem in characteristic fashion. He slipped away from Portoferraio with 1100 soldiers and landed at Golfe-Juan near Antibes, avoiding the royalists in Provence by taking the "Route des Alpes", now renamed "Route Napoléon".

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Posted on 25th Apr 2018 08:20:30 in Eats & Drinks

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L'ybane

We’ve only eaten here a few times, but it’s always fast service with a smile alongside contented locals and tourists both inside and out. A Lebanese restaurant with a decent outside area can make a nice change when in Nice for a while.

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Posted on 23rd Apr 2018 15:19:28 in History

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Sip sip away! Wine tasting is free with the Cote d'Azur Card

It’s back. The tourism pass that grants free entry to the Riviera’s 50 top sights was relaunched in April 2018. Wine-tasting in Nice? A boat tour from Cannes? A trip into Italy? They’re all free with the Cote d’Azur Card.

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Posted on 2nd Apr 2018 15:12:48 in Guest Info

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What's that boom? 12 noon in Nice

It’s your first day in Nice and you are sipping a cold drink on the Cours Saleya waiting for your lunch to arrive. Then BOOM! You jump out of your skin when everyone around you remains unperturbed. Don’t worry, it happens to all of us – for the uninitiated, this is the century old tradition of the Nice Cannon and a reminder to every self-respecting Nicois.

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Posted on 28th Mar 2018 21:18:38 in Guest Info

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Nice apartment neighbours

When you stay with Pebbles, you’ll get the best of both worlds; traditional French buildings that don’t compromise on luxury or quality. Many of our properties are located in grand apartment blocks in the heart of Nice – and whilst it’s great to live like a local alongside les Niçoises, it’s important to respect the neighbours in the buildings that you stay in, and remember that they are probably not on holiday and won’t be happy to be kept awake until late in the night if they have work the next day.

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Posted on 26th Mar 2018 20:55:14 in Eats & Drinks

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The Cote d'Azur's Michelin starred restaurants dish up lunch from €25

The South of France is a cauldron of fine dining. Across Provence and the French Riviera, some 90 restaurants boast 110 Michelin stars. But will the Cote d’Azur continue to pull in foodie visitors?

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Posted on 5th Mar 2018 17:40:46 in Go & Do

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Cannes' museums

Although mostly famed for its glorious beach resort and film festival, Cannes still holds a great deal of culture and heritage which should not be overlooked. Don’t miss out on these museums whilst visiting this beautiful cosmopolitan town.

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Posted on 19th Feb 2018 19:32:13 in Guest Info

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Nice city crime rates

Nice has a very low violent crime rate. As cities go, it’s a very safe one, so you can feel safe when walking around during the daytime or evening. Nice knows where it’s bread is buttered, and the local authorities work hard to maintain their main source of income – tourists.

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Posted on 7th Feb 2018 14:53:13 in Guest Info

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Using the town bikes in Nice

The Vélo Bleu's 1000+ city bikes, the Riviera’s first bike-sharing program. Following in the footsteps of the popular Vélib' bicycles in Paris, for little more than the price of a baguette you can unlock a bike, give the traffic and taxis a miss, and tour the city in eco-style.

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Posted on 10th Jan 2018 17:51:21 in Go & Do

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The Negresco central atrium with Baccarat chandelier. Image by Cayambe courtesy of Wikimedia Commons

Welcome to the Negresco, Nice’s must-visit historic hotel. It’s rococo wedding cake that dominates the Promenade des Anglais. A seafront castle where a rogue’s gallery of world leaders – Nikita Khrushchev, the Shah of Iran – have bedded down under mink throws.

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Posted on 1st Jan 2018 09:19:31 in Guest Info

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Credit cards

From 13 January 2018, all retailers are forbidden to charge for credit card transactions under the EU's Payment Services Directive. Yet, all retailers still have to pay the credit card company for facilitating.

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Posted on 6th Dec 2017 16:34:34 in Art

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Cook up a storm with star-chef trainer Cédric Séguela

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 three part blog series:

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Posted on 11th Oct 2017 09:21:39 in Guest Info

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Exclusive Côté Sud Parfums signature brand

Regular guests may have noticed that our toiletries have changed, as we phased out working with the high street brand L’Occitane to the more exclusive and local Côté Sud Parfum. The change came about earlier this year when we put in our regular order to L’Occitane, and it was refused!

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Posted on 28th Sep 2017 09:17:53 in Nice News

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A century after the 1924 Olympiad, the games return to Paris - and Nice

The Olympics are coming to Nice's Allianz Riviera stadium. The International Olympic Committee has chosen Paris as the host for the 2024 summer games, with surprise additional events on the sun-licked Cote d'Azur.

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Posted on 27th Jul 2017 15:31:54 in Go & Do

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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 Muse Mag

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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 Eats & Drinks

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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 18th Apr 2017 14:42:38 in Nice News

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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 27th Feb 2017 14:35:43 in Go & Do

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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 Art

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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 5th Jan 2017 10:55:32 in Art

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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 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 Guest Info

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

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Open every day from 9.30am-2.15am

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 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 Art

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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 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 15th Oct 2015 17:38:55 in Muse Mag

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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 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 Art

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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 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 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 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 Eats & Drinks

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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 Go & Do

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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 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 Muse Mag

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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 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 Go & Do

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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 Art

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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 11th Mar 2015 11:07:14 in Eats & Drinks

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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 10:29:28 in Nice News

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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 Go & Do

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Lou Queernaval & Nice Carnival

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 Art

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

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Posted on 4th Feb 2015 15:23:32 in Nice News

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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 Muse Mag

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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 Go & Do

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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 Eats & Drinks

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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 Go & Do

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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 Go & Do

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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 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 Muse Mag

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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 Go & Do

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Beach clubs in and around Nice

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 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 Muse Mag

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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 Muse Mag

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The Riviera personified:

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 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 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 Muse Mag

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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 Muse Mag

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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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