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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 6th Dec 2017 16:34:34 in Cuisine

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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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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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