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Old Feb 10th 2014, 01:29 PM
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Of what? Rainclouds!

Seriously, you'd think we were in London or Vancouver!
It's not atypical , you know. See here. It's only in July and August that the Côte d'Azur is always basking in sunshine. Do yourself a favour and compare with Toronto (-11°C)
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Old Feb 11th 2014, 08:29 AM
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This forecast says it's clear and sunny in Nice right now.

http://weather-finder.com/France/Nice/
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This forecast says it's clear and sunny in Nice right now.

http://weather-finder.com/France/Nice/
Yes, today was sunny. And the forecast shows sunshine for the next few days.

That being said, it has rained fairly steadily for 7 of the last 9 days.
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It's not atypical , you know. See here. It's only in July and August that the Côte d'Azur is always basking in sunshine. Do yourself a favour and compare with Toronto (-11°C)
I'm just pointing out my surprise. I never thought I'd be in a place where it actually rains MORE than in London or Vancouver, two cities that are famous for almost non-stop rain.

And all these years, and all the books I've read, I've always been told that the Mediterranean climate is very "dry".
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I'm just pointing out my surprise. I never thought I'd be in a place where it actually rains MORE than in London or Vancouver, two cities that are famous for almost non-stop rain.

And all these years, and all the books I've read, I've always been told that the Mediterranean climate is very "dry".
Wonderful thing, marketing, isn't it ?

I've been told that you should not neglect to visit:
  • The Negresco Hotel in Nice
  • The Musée de la Méditerrannée in Marseille
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I'm just pointing out my surprise. I never thought I'd be in a place where it actually rains MORE than in London or Vancouver, two cities that are famous for almost non-stop rain.

And all these years, and all the books I've read, I've always been told that the Mediterranean climate is very "dry".
This is what Wikipedia says;
"Despite its reputation as being a rainy city, London receives less precipitation (with 601 mm (24 in) in a year), than Rome (at 834 mm (33 in)), Bordeaux (at 923 mm (36 in)), Toulouse (at 668 mm (26 in)), and Naples (at 1,006 mm (40 in) per year)."
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Old Feb 13th 2014, 11:40 AM
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Wonderful thing, marketing, isn't it ?

I've been told that you should not neglect to visit:
  • The Negresco Hotel in Nice
  • The Musée de la Méditerrannée in Marseille
Can't miss the Negresco Hotel - it kinda dominates the beach/boardwalk!

It is indeed a very impressive place (5-star hotel). Stunningly beautiful place, but the prices are way too high even for lunch.

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This is what Wikipedia says;
"Despite its reputation as being a rainy city, London receives less precipitation (with 601 mm (24 in) in a year), than Rome (at 834 mm (33 in)), Bordeaux (at 923 mm (36 in)), Toulouse (at 668 mm (26 in)), and Naples (at 1,006 mm (40 in) per year)."
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/London#Climate
London, like Vancouver, is famously wet - but this is mostly in the form of 'light drizzle' which doesn't add up to much overall water.

One good rainstorm of the kind we get in Toronto, or what I'm seeing here in Nice, supplies the same amount of water that probably falls in London in a month, though in London can rain every day.

My family from Vancouver often comments when visiting Toronto on the power of the rainstorms - they've never seen rain like that!
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Btw, went to Turin yesterday and spent the night there - spent the afternoon walking the city and went to a local nightclub just for the experience. Dinner was expensive as all hell though! Very nice city in an impressive natural setting.

And the seaside town of Martigues is absolutely one of the most beautiful places I've ever seen. Had a wonderful and [relatively] inexpensive lunch there in a cafe overlooking the harbor.

Alas, Carcassonne is too far away - would require an overnight trip just to go there.
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Can't miss the Negresco Hotel - it kinda dominates the beach/boardwalk!

It is indeed a very impressive place (5-star hotel). Stunningly beautiful place, but the prices are way too high even for lunch.
I checked the prices and while Le Chantecler is pricy indeed, the Brasserie La Rotonde isn't, even for a poor sod like me. The Le Relais Bar is insanely expensive though.
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I checked the prices and while Le Chantecler is pricy indeed, the Brasserie La Rotonde isn't, even for a poor sod like me. The Le Relais Bar is insanely expensive though.
Yes, there does appear to be a half-dozen restaurant/bar/cafe establishments in that hotel. We went into the hotel, just to have a look around since it was on the boardwalk. We checked out the menus posted and the prices and gave it a pass, though I admit, we didn't search the place high and low, so we probably missed that particular cafe in the hotel.

Anyway, there has been no shortage of fine places to eat. We've done quite well in finding some rather unassuming little cafes that had excellent service, good food and reasonable prices. The lunch we had at the seaside town of Martigues was a perfect example (modest cafe, lovely lunch, beautiful view and relatively cheap (lunch for two just under 20 Euros). Though, I must say that restaurants here seem to be EXTREMELY expensive in comparison to North America. In Canada, it is pretty easy to do lunch for two at a small restaurant for the equivilent of 10 Euros).

That being said, I think some of our best meals were at 'home' with nothing more than a bottle of wine, a big hunk of cheese and some fresh bread!
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