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2 weeks ago
The borders are now open!
The French borders are now open again. Officially they opened on Monday but we drove to Italy on the weekend and not a single police car or authority figure at the border toll booths. Everything is back exactly the way it used to be before the pandemic.
Easyjet has already resumed domestic flights but now international flights within the EU are resuming over the next few weeks. It expects to be back up at 50% of its previous roster of flights in July, and at 75% in August. Of course ability to travel may fluctuate depending on any rise or drop in coronavirus infection rates.
Speaking to one rental company, their bookings are already at 60% capacity for the month of July. It sounds like it will be a profitable summer after all, though obviously impacted by the pandemic. There are no social distancing measures in Nice so the bars and restaurants appear as normal. No news on festivals and concerts so do not count on any this summer. ... See MoreSee Less
Life returns to normal in Nice.
The bars and restaurants open today. Featured in the photo are people enjoying an early morning cocktail on the Cours Saleya. The bustle of activity shows people are eager to enjoy their new found freedoms again.
Speaking of back to normal, a subtle thing you may have missed is that all the fountains have been turned back on! ... See MoreSee Less
Great to see. People are anxious to travel from the uk but the government has made an awkward decision on the quarantine which France has reciprocated. I don't think it will last...
Let’s hope they come to their senses!
The mayor capitulates, re-opens Quai Lunel.
In a rare climb-down, Christian Estrosi has re-opened the Quai Lunel to cars. It still remains one-way from the Port to the Promenade but it removes Rue de Foresta as a choke-point for cars between Place Garibaldi, Rue Emmanuel Philibert, Rue Foresta, Quai Lunel and the Promenade des Anglais.
It was never a good idea but it does show people power in the collaborative process between local governments and residents. The local paper claims a demonstration of 30 people Saturday on Rue de Foresta but I walked past and counted less than half that. Nonetheless, by Monday night the roads were transformed yet again and now Tuesday morning things are as seen in the photo. ... See MoreSee Less
Quick update regarding beaches and the bars/restaurants.
The beaches in Nice and to the west, for example Antibes and Cannes, are open. Those to the east, such as Villefranche and Beaulieu, are closed.
The bars and restaurants are expected to open next Tuesday. An official announcement will be made this Thursday but right now Nice is in the "green zone" so that should go ahead. All the restaurants seem pretty confidence it will happen as they are all getting ready to open. ... See MoreSee Less
2 months ago
The stretch of road from the end of the Promenade to the Port has now become a single lane going one way from east to west. This came over-night this week, without consultation, and it makes quite a difference. There is now very little traffic passing between the Old Town and the beach.
In terms of tourism it is a step forward to making the area more attractive. Especially with the newly renovated street Cours Jacques Chirac now between there and the Cours Saleya. For locals, it does make an awfully long detour to drop anything off. I am not sure how viable this is long term due to Rue Barla already being one of the worst noisiest trafficked roads in Nice already. All west-east traffic will now also be funneled down that road to access the Baisse and Moyenne Corniches. I am not sure how much more congestion it can take. Opening up Place Garibaldi in both directions may help. ... See MoreSee Less