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Travelling alone in Nice and Monte Carlo

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Travelling alone in Nice and Monte Carlo

I am travelling to Nice for 4 days next week by myself, and plan to visit Monte Carlo to see casino etc for a day and evening. What else should I visit? I enjoy good food, atmosphere, dance music. My French is limited, but I'm happy to make a fool of myself and try!

I would like to find good restaurants where I wouldnt look foolish alone, and prefer to avoid the tourist traps if possible. Your help would be much appreciated.

Thanks. David

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1. Re: Travelling alone in Nice and Monte Carlo

I wouldn't worry too much about dining alone. I'm usually on my own while my husband attends a convention, and I don't worry about being by myself. I'm in the Cote d'Azur and I make the most of it. :)

I'm thinking you may enjoy the nightlife in Juan Les Pines. I haven't visited this circuit, but others have enjoyed it. To get there from Nice, you can take take a train, but be watchful of cancelled routes due to night work on the rail lines. Bus 200 also runs along the coast, but again, be watchful about when the last route runs. I'm not sure that it is "nightlife" friendly:

http://www.lignedazur.com/

The experts can give you more info and a "back up" plan should the trains or buses not be running late in the evening.

You might enjoy a trip to Villefranche Sur Mer, and I'm trying this restaurant when we travel next month. I liked what I read about on another topic:

tripadvisor.co.uk/Restaurant_Review-g187246-…

It seems to be restaurant travelers and locals both enjoy and visit repeatedly. To get there, take the train to Villefranche. When you come out of the train station, walk toward the shore line and to your right toward the old harbor. I think Le Cosmo will be next to the Hotel Welcome.

For a day trip, I recommend that you visit Eze. You can get a direct bus from Nice (82), and on your way back, stop in Villefranche. To do this, take the 83 bus from Eze to the Eze du Bord train station and a train to Villefranche. Do not be confused by 82's stops in Villefranche...they are some distance away from the harbor, and the bus/train route from Eze is best. Both Eze and Villefranche are between Nice and Monte Carlo, so you could work either of them in with your visit there. All three may be a bit much for one day, but doable if you have an adventurous stamina. Bus 100 will take you from Eze to Monte Carlo and a train travels between Villefranche and Monte Carlo.

In Eze, I had lunch in a restaurant outside the entrance to the garden on the top. When you enter this area, the restaurant will be to your left and behind you. Sorry that I can't remember the name, but I enjoyed a very unusual pizza on toast and caprisse salad when I was there. If you want to be a bit more adventurous, take a taxi to Auberge de la Croix du Pape. I just read about this on another topic, and found it quite intriguing:

tripadvisor.com/ShowTopic-g187222-i1916-k475…

You will want to spend most of your time in Nice, and I'll leave it to others to make their suggestions for what you can do in that city. I don't know it that well, except that you want to spend your time in Vielle Ville, Nice's Old Town and perhaps consider one of the boat excursions on this link:

http://www.trans-cote-azur.com/

For what it's worth, I've never had a bad meal or disappointing experience in the Cote d'Azur. You will enjoy yourself no matter what you choose to do. When in Nice, we've stopped at random cafes and bistros and never been disappointed. The one I do remember is La Pizza, and we've dined at both the Nice and Cannes locations. I'm sorry that some of the reviews may not be the best here, but we enjoyed it for what it was: a pizza place. It's in a lively part of Vielle Ville, so it's worth considering:

tripadvisor.com/Restaurant_Review-g187234-d7…

Have a great trip.

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2. Re: Travelling alone in Nice and Monte Carlo

You might want to follow this topic:

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3. Re: Travelling alone in Nice and Monte Carlo

Thanks, but it doesnt really answer any of my questions

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4. Re: Travelling alone in Nice and Monte Carlo

Thank you very much for taking the time to reply. Its much appreciated, and I'll try your suggestions when I'm there.

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5. Re: Travelling alone in Nice and Monte Carlo

dates of travel , budget, type of food etc?

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6. Re: Travelling alone in Nice and Monte Carlo

Arriving next Tuesday evening. Leaving Friday evening. I dont mind paying for good food, but dont want to go places where I'd look silly by myself. I like all kinds of food. French, Japanese, Asian of all types. Wouldn't be able to eat at Michelin starred restaurants every night, but happy to try one or two

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In Monaco, for dance music, try around the port. There's Brasserie de Monaco and Rascasse that start with happy hour around 5.30pm, sometimes with a live band, sometimes live DJ. Later on, they both usually have DJs, and I'd also recommend Before Bar, tho' this doesn't have a happy hour.

You can also eat at plenty of places around here. Zest and Virage for instance.

If you want to chat, you don't necessarily need French in Monaco. Go to McCarthy's "Irish" pub and sit at the bar - start talking to the barmen.

I'm not making assumptions here, but beware of chatting up women and offering to buy drinks. Night clubs often charge by the bottle - vodka, champagne etc.

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8. Re: Travelling alone in Nice and Monte Carlo

Thursday friday saturday and night before a French public holiday there are night buses from Monaco back to Nice if you want to stay late

cg06.fr/cms/…noctambus_100.pdf

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9. Re: Travelling alone in Nice and Monte Carlo

Thanks very much, very helpful

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