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Nice is NICE - Chagall and Mattisee museums are just north of Nice - Rick Steves tour book on France tells how easily you can get there by bus or taxi - bus is cheaper.


The beach at Nice is small stones - not much sand - but sill nice in warm weather.


Lots of topless bathers when I was there in 1954 - of course I averted my young eyes!

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It depends on what you like, so do some research. We don't gamble, and we love art and museums. For us, Nice was therefore nicer, and easier for out of town excursions such as Eze or St. Paul de Vence. We also loved the flower market, the promenade, the old city (which is more Italian than French), the hill (Simiez?)with the Matisse and Picasso museums and Roman ruins in front of Matisse, and the archaeological museum known as Terra Amata. However, Monaco was lovely, very hilly, and very expensive. For just one night, which is really much too short a time, either place will do just fine.


We should add that Monaco will always have a special place in our hearts. We got there 9 days after super storm Sandy, after being without power until less than 24 hours before we left home (one day early due to another impending storm). The Hotel Marriott La Porte de Monaco, 50 yards inside France, got us a room a day earlier than our reservations, showed us a relatively inexpensive place to eat, and was generally accommodating. We loved Monaco and found that, with the hills, gardens, and museums, it felt much larger than its tiny size. Nice was even better on a prior trip; but both are great.

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Chagall lived to almost 100 - there are always stones on top of his tomb. I guess I take it on faith Chagall is in his tomb.


It's a traditional Jewish custom to place stones on a grave of a loved one when you visit a cemetery. We stretched tradition a bit when we placed stones on Chagall's grave when we visited St. Paul de Vence.

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Train between MC and Nice was about 30 minutes - cab probably would be similar time, depending where in Nice you wanted to go. We went from RR station to RR station then took bus to near Chagall and Matisse museums and took train back to MC

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