Saturday, August 28, 2010

Cote d'Azur, Impressions 2


Don’t bother getting American Express traveller’s checks as we did in Euros; no one will cash them! We found the Post Office in Nimes and a Money-Change kiosk in Nice were the only place that would take them, and that at a 4 % exchange rate premium. They’re virtually useless everywhere else, despite what the Bank of Nove Scotia told us. 500E notes are a little less difficult, some banks will break them. If you open an HSBC bank account in Canada, you may be able to cash t-checks at their branches here, but you can’t open an account in Europe without a European address and ID.

Nice is gorgeous and it’s worth taking the Petit Train de Ville for a tour, 7Euros.

Antibes is pretty, pricey and crowded.

Cannes is jammed with Bentleys, Ferraris, Lamborghinis and even one Zonda.

Eze is a lovely medieval village about 1000 feet above Nice by twisty, mountain road, also jammed. There’s even a campground there, hanging off the cliff with great views to seaward.

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