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sounds like Nice is not "nice" in July

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sounds like Nice is not "nice" in July

Should I head somewhere else...exhaust fumes? I am coming from Southern California. Does anyone have a favorite place with a nice beach (or river) where we can meet people, enjoy good food, ride bikes, look at a castle, perhaps still rustle up a casino? Tall order I know...reading about the French Rivera sounded better than any of you have made it out to be...I just do not want organized tours or crowds of people. I can go anywere but have to come home from Dublin. What is in Dubling?:) I know too many questions...I would really like to see a rock concert or an opera somewhere...Are there fireworks on Bastille day in Nice?

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1. Re: sounds like Nice is not "nice" in July

I have not seen the previous posts, so I don't know what people have been telling you. But I will tell you what I know of Nice.

First of all, the beaches in Nice are rocky, and to that end, are more interesting for a stroll than baking in the sun. The beaches west of Antibes are nicer.

The Cote d'Azur is crowded in summer. That is just a fact. Traffic is particularly bad in July and August. But you can avoid much of it by taking the train in between towns and walking once in town.

I can't say that I would definitely recommend that you go elsewhere. Nice is bustling with activity. There is plenty of people watching and decent shopping. I'm sure you could find some good food and will probably meet some people as well.

There are fireworks all along the Cote d'Azur on Bastille Day. I saw some very good fireworks in Juan les Pins two years ago. Check out the Juan les Pins Jazz festival if you can.

There is at least one casino in Nice. There is a public park called "The Chateau" just up from the old town and port where you can take in a bit of "oldy worldyness."