In the old days of Nice, the region held a grand market to bring together all the people to stock up on their supplies. Townspeople bought their farm produce, arts, pottery, textiles and wooden crafts for sale.
In the current day (!), these traditions are continued at the Fête de la San Bertoumiéu where tourists and locals alike can wander the grand market buying oils, olives, fruit, vegetables, honey, arts, crafts. Stall holders will be selling local food such as socca, pissaladiere and pan bagnat. Traditional games are also played such as Morra (hand game) and Vitou (card game).
It is a great opportunity for tourists to the region to glimpse traditional life in Nice. The free festivities will be held at place du Palais de Justice, and place Pierre Gautier in vieux Nice (old town Nice) from 10am-7pm.
MARKET – Place du Palais de Justice
Nice Buffet at 11a.m
Oil and olives • Socca • Farm produce • Bread, honey and jams • Local associations • Apéritifs of Nice • Pottery, santons and handmade crafts
ENTERTAINMENT – Place Pierre Gautier
• Demonstrations and tournament of Pilou • Mini farm • Pony and horse and cart rides (some cost may apply) • Regional Niçoise music
I am currently reviewing the information given on the website http://www.handitourismepaca.fr regarding wheelchair-friendly accessibility in the French Riviera region.
This website also covers Provence and Sud Alpes regions, and provides tourism information for wheelchair-bound travellers, and hearing and sight-impaired travellers by the Comité Regional de Tourisme Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur.
The website has good information regarding transport sectors and accessible beaches, however I have run a few searches and found that it is lacking in information regarding restaurants (none viewed across the entire Riviera region), suggested outdoor itineraries (only 6 suggested walks across the region) and leisure activities (only 3 activities displayed in searches in the region for wheelchair-bound travellers in Antibes, Cannes and St-Maxime).
The website is in French only so I have emailed the Regional Committee to enquire about an English equivalent and if not I will be translating it for them and suggesting other accessible options obtained during my own research via my blog.
Will keep you posted on progress!
If you are traveling to Nice until January 2013 you can be advised that the city has recently jumped onboard development and technology and they now offer 3 free-of-charge WiFi hotspots in the central city.
Whether using a mobile phone, iPad or laptop you activate your WiFi connection, search for the ‘Orange’ server and connect – it is easy and quick to use. Between 8am-10pm users can access the internet for 30-minute periods, and there is no limit to how many times you can use it so you can reconnect as often as you like.
The 3 hotspot locations are at :
- Place du Palais de Justice
- Cours Saleya
- Jardin Albert 1er
If the community trials of the free internet get good feedback, more hotspots are likely to be added around the city including locations at Place Garibaldi and Place Massena.
I believe this is a good initiative for Nice city, and it won’t take competition away from existing internet cafes that also offer printing, scanning, fax services and phonecard sales.
This Saturday 25 August is the last evening of the Nice Prom’ Party which is a free music event held between the Théâtre Verdun and Hotel Negresco. The entire area is flat and paved so is accessible for families with baby strollers, and also wheelchair users.
The Prom’ Party is held on the Promenade des Anglais and has 7 stages set up offering a variety of free music ranging from jazz, funk, pop rock, latin and the street is closed to traffic allowing pedestrians to dance in the street.
This Saturday the music covers Brazilian music, English ’60’s pop rock, Niçoise and Argentinian music, batacuda and funk.
Concerts start at 9.30pm and run through to 11.30pm.
See you there!
One of the best things about traveling to the Cote d’Azur is the high probability that the weather will be sunny and clear. What a great excuse to sample a delicious local ice-cream or sorbet and explore the streets perusing French boutiques or finding a souvenir at the market? I highly recommend Fenocchio ice-cream shop in Nice old town at Place Rossetti or 6 rue de la Poissonerie. Fenocchio is a family-run master glacier that has been open since 1966, they offer 94 (yes, 94!) different flavours of ice-cream or sorbet from the classic vanilla through to more obscure tastings such as tomato and basil, cactus, Guiness or lavender. My favourite is citron (lemon) – perfect and refreshing for a warm day!
Children are welcome in restaurants, cafés and bars, however not all restaurants will provide special facilties for families such as high chairs. Most restaurants do not offer children’s meals (the range may be limited for children to fries, chicken nuggets and similar) but those that do specifically offer children’s menus have fixed-price menus at reduced prices.
Ma Nolan’s, 5 Quai des Deux Emmanuel, 06300 Nice (Telephone: 04 92 27 07 88): An Irish pub with good range of food, televisions for coverage of sports games and an outdoor terrace situated to the front of the premises that provides customers with front row seats to stunning views over Nice Port and across to the Chateau. Has disabled toilet facilities inside the pub, with baby changing table.