Pont du Gard

Pont du Gard

Friday, March 19, 2010

The Inevitable

Apparently the last ditch efforts to avoid a strike have failed so the cabin crews will commence their strike today at midnight GMT. Not to be outdone, the British rail workers are also planning to strike around the Easter holiday, with any luck we will miss this, unless we are stranded in Heathrow for the next two weeks.....
So, instead of dwelling on this forecast misery, here is some information on our apartment and the local area in Nice. "Built in the 16th and 17th century, the Old Town (known as the Vieille Ville in French) is the most charming and colorful part of Nice. Its ochre, terracotta and pink buildings recall the Italian influence in this city: long ruled by the Kingdom of Savoy (based in Piedmont and Sardinia), Nice has only been part of France since 1860. Four short blocks from the apartment is the legendary food market Cours Saleya. Downstairs is a bakery with a wood-fired oven, at the end of the street is a coffee roaster founded early last century and around the corner from there is the city's best fresh pasta shop. Continue past the pasta shop and you will come to the cheerful local wine merchant. The pedestrian streets around the apartment are filled with restaurants and bars which make this area particularly lively at night. Nice's legendary pebble beaches are a five-minute walk from the apartment, and if you don't feel like swimming you can walk, cycle or rollerblade along the Promenade des Anglais. For trips outside town, the bus station is nearby and the train station is four stops away on the new tram line.

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