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Traveling to Nice in mid January with Mom and Sister

Nichele | Dec 8, 2009 05:02 AM

Hello all. My sister and I spent a couple weeks in Nice in January and have decided to take out Mom. It will be her first trip abroad. Sis and I stumbled across a few pretty good places, but ate at some mediocre places.

My Mom and Sis are meat-and-potatoes people. Mom considers pizza in the U.S. as snack food, not a meal, and rarely eats the crust. She may change her mind when she tries the yummy, crispy crusts in Nice.

Would you recommend down-to-earth food in a lively, friendly atmosphere. They will bristle at what they consider sparse, frou-frou, expensive food. I'll have to go do that on my own! They'd be willing to spend 35 euro per person with wine once during the trip, maybe. We'll need to take periodic breaks from walking, as Mom has some back problems, so I'm looking for recommendations for great bakeries, soca stands and places to get a great cup of espresso or a glass of rose.

Should I go to La Zucca Magica? I tried to dine there in January. It was closed when I first visited and about to close on my second. No sign on the door and no hours posted online. Should I take my taste buds elsewhere?

Our apartment will have a small kitchen, and we'll eat in regularly. Please recommend bakeries, groceries, etc.

We will also travel to Monte Carlo, Ventimiglia, Villefranche-sur-Mer and perhaps San Remo. I'd like to explore points west too, so I'm interested in restaurants and sights as far as Aix-en-Provence.


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