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Beaulieu for 7 days--any advice?

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Beaulieu for 7 days--any advice?

We are a youngish 60yo couple that like just about everything but crowds, jogging and snobbery.

I have rented an apartment for the first week in November in Beaulieu and am seeking help. Locally- I would appreciate any advice on restaurants , activities, grocery markets etc. We will be watching the purse strings- so please keep that in mind.

Any recs on nice daytrips ? No car -so will have to rely on public transport and/or our legs.


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1. Re: Beaulieu for 7 days--any advice?

should have stayed in Nice!!!!!!

seriously , you can travel along the coast by bus or train either way ; east towards Monaco--West towards Nice Antibes Cannes

you have the Roman Villa in Beaulieu and you can walk to Cap Ferrat for the Villa Ephrussi; also the waterfront restaurants

Locally there is La Reserve--take a look at the reviews on trip advisor and make sure you have a shed load of cash;

La Pinede at Cap D'Ail is one of my favourites- a short train ride and a couple of minutes walk; In Villefranche I quite like Carpaccio which is on the front near the train station

Nice can keep you busy for days -check out the forum for things to do

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2. Re: Beaulieu for 7 days--any advice?

Beaulieu will be fairly quiet in November and great for a relaxing vacation There is a weekly market there and a nice high street with a couple of supermarkets and lots of smaller shops. Several restaurants along the high street and near the port. Most close fairly early in the evening out of season. Ther's also a casino if that intersets you

The railway station is really central and it is very easy and inexpensive to get along the coast using the train and/or bus to Monte Carlo, Nice, Antibes, Cannes all of which will have more going on and make good day trips.

Lovely walks to Villefranche, Cap Ferrat etc. Villas Ephrusi and Kerylos are on your doorstep

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I would describe Beaulieu as very quiet in November. No real disadvantage in staying in Beaulieu rather than Nice from the travel point of view, as bus takes only about 20 mins to Nice bus station. Last bus from Nice is 8.00pm. After that you need to get the train. Eating out in Beaulieu/Villefranche is not cheap and super market prices are inflated. If you are watching costs it would be worth doing a grocery shop or two in Nice. There is a large branch of Carrefour not far from Nice Riquier station, which is two stops from Beaulieu.

I spend about 20% of my life in Villefranche and rarely leave the area bounded by Nice, Cap Ferrat and Eze, where there are sufficient stunning views, cafes, lovely buildings, beaches and yachts to last a lifetime.

Carpaccio and the other restaurants along the seafront in Villefranche are not likely to be of interest to anyone who is watching their cash. Better value in Nice, especially away from the promenade. Local produce, especially bread, seafood and fruit is of excellent quality.

I hear that David Niven's/Charlie Chaplin's old house, the only one on the left as you walk along the sea side path to St Jean, is to be converted to flats. You may wish to get an offer in before the crowd!

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Thank you for taking the time to respond to my query. We appreciate your advice and are looking forward to our week in Bealieau, but will hang out in Nice mostly.

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Avoiding "crowds, jogging and snobbery?"

Crowds: in November, highly improbable - you are safe on that one.

Jogging: stay away from Nice's Promenade des Anglais between 7 and 10 am

Snobbery: Now that's a tough one. I don't think there is any way to avoid that in France and especially on the Riviera. Life wouldn't be the same without it.

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Agree with NiceLife. My old guidebook says that Beaulieu is ' a haven for the elderly rich'. I suppose some of us can tick at least one of those two boxes- in my case the first. Don't worry - most of those ticking the two boxes will undoubtedly be in La Reserve looking down their noses at each other..... more here



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7. Re: Beaulieu for 7 days--any advice?

To me nothing matches the thrill of wandering through David Niven Square on Cap Ferrat, and pretending I'm rich.

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8. Re: Beaulieu for 7 days--any advice?

How do you "pretend to be rich"?

Wear loads of bling?

Or Fab Shab?

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