Europe, France, Travel, Western Europe

Rouen

Hello, it’s me Marimonda!

Today, I’d like to share my day trip to Rouen from Paris. Located in Normandy region, Rouen was one of the most important cities in the medieval time. This city is now known for a place where Jeanne d’Arc (Joan of Arc) was executed and a hometown for the impressionists with its incredible cathedral and the scenery of the Seine. The peaceful and calm atmosphere of Rouen will welcome you.

How to get there

This is a great city for a day trip from Paris. I took a train to go there, and the train departs at Saint-Lazare station in Paris. The price of the ticket varies depending on the time you want to depart (from €11 ), but the morning one I took cost €11.50 (8:19-9:50). I think it’s the cheapest but the best schedule to visit Rouen for a day. It takes about 1 hour and half by train.

You can also go there by taking a bus such as Flixbus or Ouibus which offer cheaper price ( from €4.99) and it takes about 2 hours (on average). I like travelling bus, but considering the fact that I was travelling for a day, I would pay few more euros to save time. Most bus stops are outside of the city, thus you should consider the time to get into the center of the city.

Things to do in Rouen

The first place I visited in Rouen was the Musée des Beaux-Arts de Rouen. In this museum, you would find paintings, sculptures, drawing and art collections. It’s only 10 mins away from the train station by foot. In front of the station, you would see a main street. Following that street toward Subway (sandwich shop), you would see a park. The museum is next to the park. It is free of charge for permanent collections. The museum opens at 10 a.m., thus arriving at the station at 9:50 was an excellent choice.

In the museum, you may find collections from the 15th century to the 21th century. This museum has a special salon called <Rouen> where exhibits art collections of the city.

Leaving behind the museum,I headed to the Cathedral, which is the main object in the Claude Monet’s painting series <Rouen Cathedral>. He drew 30 paintings of this building at different time and different season.

Notre-Dame Cathedral is one of the most important architectures in Rouen. This giant Gothic style cathedral fascinates its visitors. Many people sit down and enjoy this gorgeous structure including me. Don’t forget to get in. Inside of the building is also impressive.

Rouen is also known as the city of Joan of Arc. Napoleon Bonaparte declared her as a French national symbol considering her significant role in the Hundred Years’ War. She was executed by fire here in Rouen, thus there are some monuments to commemorate her. You can see some paintings about this little but strong girl in the musée des beaux-arts. On the way to the center of the town, you could see Donjon of Rouen where Joan of Arc was imprisoned. Now, this place hosts the escape game using VR glasses.

The Church of Joan of Arc is also an important church in Rouen. This modern building commemorates the national heroin Joan of Arc. To me, it seemed a bit odd since it doesn’t get along with neighboring buildings. In front of the church, you can see a big cross. This is the place where she was executed. The church is small but has a very abstract and unique structure. Inside of the church is very bright thanks to wide windows which allow to pass the light.

The Great Clock is also a must see thing in Rouen. It’s in the downtown from the Renaissance era. You can get into the building and see the clock from inside and enjoy the cityview. Since there was a long queue and I had only one day there, I didn’t enter the monument. There’s also a lunch break, so you should plan your visit well. The ticket costs €7 (adult).

Overall, the city is full of history and you could imagine how important the city was in the past by looking at historical buildings. It’s a perfect day trip destination from Paris in Summer.

Enjoy your trip with Marimonda! See you soon. 🙂

Practical Info.

Musée des Beaux-Arts

Address : Esplanade Marcel Duchamp 76000 Rouen

Hours : 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. Closed on Tuesday.

website

Notre-Dame Cathedral de Rouen

Address : Place de la Cathédrale, 76000 Rouen

Hours : 9:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. (Tue.-Sat.) / 8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. (Sun.)/ 2:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. (Mon.)

website

Donjon de Rouen

Address : Rue Bouvreuil, 76000 Rouen

website

Church of Joan of Arc

Address : Place du Vieux Marché, 76000 Rouen

Hours : 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. & 2:00 p.m. – 6 : 00 p.m. (Mon.-Thu. , Sat.)

2:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. (Fri. and Sun.)

website

The Great Clock

Address :Rue du Gros Horloge, 76000 Rouen

Hours : 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. & 2:00 p.m. – 7 : 00 p.m. (Tue.-Sun.) Closed on Mondays

website

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Mont Saint-Michel

Hi, it’s me Marimonda!

Today, I’d like to introduce you one of the most touristic areas in France, the Mont Saint-Michel! Located in Normandy, this place is loved by people from all around the world unique geographical characteristic. I’ve been there three times already, but I can’t stop wowing whenever I see it.

Brief History

Mont Saint-Michel used to be a fortification due to its location. It is said that the archangel Michael instructed Aubert of Avranches who was the bishop of that region in 708 to build a church there. You may probably notice many sculptures inside Mont Saint-Michel describing this legend.

Later, the cathedral and abbey were added to the original church and the island has modified according to the architect style as time flows. It took 800 years to have today’s feature. During the French Revolution, it was served as a prison. Mont Saint-Michel and its bay were added to the UNESCO World Heritage Sites in 1979.

I’ve been to Mont Saint Michel three times so far, and I always find new things to appreciate inside. I went there by myself(self-guided tour), with a group tour, and with an official tour provided by the monument. Each visit was unforgettable since all of them were so different.

When I went there by myself, I was surprised to see the town. Seeing all that medieval structures, I felt as if I were a character in Game of Thrones. Since I didn’t get any tour, I couldn’t have any opportunities to understand better on this.

For the second visit, I took a day trip from Paris. It was easy since I didn’t have to calculate time for the transport nor line up to enter. Plus, the tour was included visiting other places Honfleur, a harbour city in France. It cost about €100 (only for the transport and the guide), including the entrance fee and the lunch, I spent around €130 excluding souvenirs. Plus, the guide explained the stories about Mont Saint-Michel, thus it helped me to get to know more about this place.

The last time I visited there, which was 1 week ago, I went there by train and participated une visite conference, an official guided tour provided by Mont Saint-Michel. I am not sure about English tour (there are visite conferences in different languages ) since I took a French one. I guess that it would be the same or similar. It cost me 13 and if you can I really recommend this. Since the tour guides are approved by the French government, I could access to hidden parts where is not open to public. The tour takes about 1 hour ~1 hour and half depending on the circulation inside of the Abbey.

How to get there?

Since Mont Saint-Michel is one of the most popular places in France, there are many ways that you can visit there.

Joining a day group tour would be the easiest way to get there. The tour usually takes a whole day ( about 14 hours on average) and it costs around €120~180. The price varies depending on the conditions such as admission or lunch.

If you go there by yourself, you can drive and it takes about 4 hours from Paris (one way).

You can also go there by bus such as flixbus it takes about 5 hours or a bit more (one way) and it costs around €50 for a round trip.

Travelling by train and then taking a bus can be an option. The combo ticket costs from €54 (the cheapest but the best time slot if you go there for a day trip) from Paris. The train leaves at Montparnasse 3 Vaugirard early in the morning everyday( 7 : 38 a.m.). Then you transfer to a bus offered by SNCF at Villedieu les Poêles. When you take off the bus, you can ride a shuttle (free) to get to Mont Saint-Michel, walk (about 40 mins), or by a horse-carriage ride.

What to eat?

Since it’s a touristic place, most restaurants in Mont Saint-Michel are busy and expensive. There, I found a creperie <La Sirène Lochet> and it was one of the best crepes I’ve ever tried in France with reasonable price. The restaurant is on the second floor (1er étage in French style), you should use stairs in a souvenir shop on the first floor. The service is a bit slow but the staffs are friendly and most of all, the crepes are delicious. You can customize your dish with the ingredients you want. Each crepe costs about €7~9, thus including the drink €12~15 would be enough per person. We ordered four crepes, one bottle of cider, and four coffees, and we paid less than €50 in total.

Salt lamb is the local specialty. You can try them out at <Le Pré Salé> or <La Rôtisserie>. Those are well-known restaurant for salt lamb (€30~). You can also try <La Mère Poulard>, it cost 40~ for one main dish which seems quite high to me. You can also find cookies from <La Mère Poulard>, but since you can get them from almost everywhere in France, I don’t think it’s necessary to buy them there.

Hope you enjoyed the visit to Mont Saint-Michel with Marimonda. See you soon 🙂

Practical Info. (websites)

Mont Saint-Michel

Le Pré Salé

La Rôtisserie

La Mère Poulard

Europe, France, Travel, Western Europe

Metz

Hi, it’s me Marimonda!

Today I’d like to share my visit to Metz, a city in the Grand Est region near the border of France, Luxembourg, and Germany.

Brief History

With its long and rich history, Metz has been submitted its name on France’s UNESCO World Heritage Tentative List (2014). You can feel its history once you arrive at Metz. Used to be a palace, the train station welcomes you with its antique and unique feature. The windows and the doors are preserved very well, thus you can see how the architect style was in the past. Metz used to be German territory and and reverted to France. The city went through this process repeatedly, and this complex history made Metz be more culturally rich.

Where to visit?

There are many places to visit in Metz such as the Metz Cathedral (Gothic Saint-Stephen Cathedral), Basilica of Saint-Pierre-aux-Nonnains, Centre Pompidou, Opera House, etc. Also during the summer, Metz Plage is going on (which is an equivalent of Paris Plages), so you can enjoy the summer with more activities near the river. This time, I visited Pompidou center and Metz Cathedral including old city. The city seemed to have a good public transport system, but since most tourist attractions are accessible by foot, I didn’t use any transport.

Pompidou Center

Like Paris’ Pompidou center, the center has very outstanding architect. Located next to the train station, this white mushroom-like building holds many cultural events of the town. The entrance fee is based on the number of the exhibition spaces open on the day of your visit (very unique but reasonable), so I paid €10 for three exhibitions.

It took me about three hours to look around the exhibitions, on average one hour per space. Depending on your speed, you can spend less or more time here. The receptionists said, it usually takes 2-3 hours to look around the center. Even if you don’t have a map, you can see the sign on the street telling you the direction to the Pompidou center and the Cathedral. Or since it’s one of the landmarks of the city, anyone in the street would know how to get there unless they’re tourists.

Metz Cathedral

The Metz Cathedral is a must visit place in Metz. Well-known for its architect, the cathedral has larger stained glass than any other cathedrals in the world. Three of them are designed by Marc Chagall, a famous painter with his genius understanding to colors. Those three are distinguished from other stained glass, so you won’t have difficulties to find them.

Metz City Pass

The city also has a city pass for €13,50. With the pass, you can access to Pompidou Center, Cour d’Or Museum, and one audio tour within a day. For €16, you can also unlimited access to the public transport. I didn’t have enough time in Metz, thus I didn’t purchase the pass, but it’s a good option if you’re thinking of visiting Pompidou and Cour d’Or Museum. The official website of the city pass is as following : Metz City Pass

I visited Metz because it was on the way to my trip to Luxembourg. I spent only one whole afternoon (about 7 hours) there, but I feel like I should’ve spent more time in Metz. The city has more things to do and enjoy. I loved the the peaceful atmosphere of the city with classy architects. They’re very distinct from those of Paris. I am pretty sure you would love this city. One thing I regret is that I couldn’t try local food since most of the local restaurants were closed due to the summer vacation and Assumption day. I’d like to go back and check out other places that I missed this time in the near future.

Hope you enjoy the Metz with Marimonda! See you soon 🙂

Practical Info.

Pompidou Centre Metz website

Address : 1 Parvis des Droits de l’Homme, 57020 Metz

Hours : 10a.m. – 6p.m. (Mon/Wed), -7p.m. (Thu.-Sun.) , Closed on Tuesday

Metz Cathedral website

Address : Place d’Armes, 57000 Metz

Hours : 8 a.m. – 6 p.m. everyday

France, Travel

Auvers-sur-Oise 오베르 쉬르 우와즈

Hello, it’s me Marimonda.

In the last article, I wrote a review after visiting Giverny. Today, I’d like to guide you to Auvers-sur-Oise, a town located about 30 km away from Paris. This village became famous because Vincent Van Gogh spent his last 70 days and drew 80 paintings here.

Van Gogh described this town as ” Auvers is for really gravely beautiful, it’s the heart of the countryside, distinctive and picturesque.” in a letter to his brother Theo. As he described, the village is very peaceful and full of nature. Including Van Gogh, this small town inspired many artists like Camille Pissarro, Paul Cézanne, or Charles François Dauvigny etc.

The easiest way to get to Auvers-sur-Oise using public transportation is taking a train. With navigo pass covering zone 5, you can visit Auvers-sur-Oise without paying extra penny on train.

At Gare de Saint-Lazare or Gare du Nord, you can take RER C, Transilien line J(Saint-Lazare) or H (Gare du Nord) to pontoise, then transfer the train toward Persan-Beaumont. Then take off at Auvers-sur-Oise.

On the weekend, it’s easier to go there. There’s direct train from Gare du Nord to Auvers-sur-Oise (Transilien Line H, departs at 9:38 a.m.) and from Auvers-sur-Oise to Paris (Transilien Line H, departs at 6:32 p.m.).

Once you take off the train station, there’s a tourist information center across the street. You can stroll around the town or take recommended courses, Chemin des Peintres. Following the path, you will be able to see printed pictures with real scenery that inspired the paintings. I went there last Saturday (8th June), yet the field was too green. I may visit there again in a month to see yellow wheatfield.

Auberge Ravoux by Marimonda World

Next to the tourist information center, you will find Auberge Ravoux, which Van Gogh stayed in 1890. His room was quite small (7 sq.m) and empty. Entering Auberge Ravoux is strictly regulated. Hence, you should ask the time you can enter the building when you purchase the ticket. You can enter the building with a guide who will explain about the place and Van Gogh. Taking pictures inside the place is prohibited.

Van Gogh moved to this town to continue his treatment with Dr. Gachet. In the middle of the town you might see a direction saying Dr. Gachet’s house. The doctor not only consulted artists such as Cézanne, Pissarro and Renoir including Van Gogh, but also provided his place as a meeting point to them. As a result, many artists stayed or visited this small town and were inspired by the town’s view.

Tombs – Marimonda World

Don’t forget to the check out the town’s graveyard. There, you can find where the great painter and his brother is resting. The tombs are located at the end of the graveyard near wheatfield.

After visiting Giverny and Auvers-sur-Oise, now I’d like to visit Rouen soon. It’s time to organize the next trip!

Enjoy your trip with Marimonda! See you soon:)

Travel Info.

Auverge Ravoux : Admission €6. Wed to Sun 10:00 a.m. to 6:00p.m

Musée Daubigny : Admission €5, check the opening hours on the web.

France, Travel

Giverny 지베르니

Hello, it’s me Marimonda!

Today I’d like to guide you to Giverny, a suburb city of Paris. Aka a town of Claude Monet, one of the most famous french impressionists.

The journey begins at Saint Lazare station in Paris. Get a ticket to Vernon, and it takes about 50 mins by train. I took one at 8:19 a.m. which arrives at Giverny around 9 a.m. Since Vernon is a tiny station and most of them are going to Monet’s house and its garden, you can just follow the others to get out.

There are two ways to go to Giverny; taking a mini-train which cost € 8 (for a round trip), or a bus € 7 (for a round trip). When you get out the station, you will see the white mini-train right in front of the station, and a bus stop a bit away (1-2 mins by foot). I took a train to enjoy the air on the way to town. On the way to the town, it passes Le Vieux Moulin, Le Château des Tourelles, and La Tour des Archives. The first mini-train leaves at 9:10. It says the time table can be slightly different every day, therefore it is recommended to take a picture of the time table on the mini-train.

Monet’s House

When you buy the entrance ticket online, you can choose the time either 9:30 a.m. or 1:30 p.m. In my case, I reserved for 9:30 a.m. but I was late about 20 mins due to the traffic problem. It seemed like they already share the issues and there were not many people on the queue yet, thus it wasn’t a big issue for me to get in. At the entrance there were two lines, one for with ticket and the other one without ticket. You can show your ticket to any agent and they will let you know where to go.

The house is full of his art pieces and collections. Especially he collected many Japanese printings. In his bedroom, there are two big windows which might allow him to nature and light. Seeing the garden in his bedroom, I was impressed by divers natural colors and sunshine. Claude Monet is also known as a gourmet. As if proving it, the last part of the house is a kitchen that is big and well-equipped.

After looking around the house, you can continue the trip to wild garden (Water Lilies). Monet drew a lot of series of Water Lilies and you can see them all around the world. It is about 250 oil painting series. You can see his some representative Water Lilies collections in Orangerie museum. The atelier where he drew the series are now a souvenir shop.

Unfortunately, I made a huge mistake in this trip. I thought a half day would be sufficient to look around the town. Since I reserved the train ticket returning to Paris, I had to leave after visiting the house and the garden (The time management can be different from person to person). I might visit there again in July to look around the town. If you visit the place by yourself, allow you enough time to walk around and grab a cup of coffee (even a meal) in the town. Most of organized trips are visiting Giverny and Auvers-sur-Oise in a day (sometimes they also visit Rouen, three places in a day).

Travel Info.

A round trip train ticket from Paris to Giverny : around € 20-30, about 50 mins(one way)

A round trip mini-train or bus : € 7-8, about 10-15 mins (one way)

An entrance ticket : adult ( € 10.50), student and a person aged 7~18 ( €7.5)

France, Travel

Saint Paul de Vence

Hello, everyone! It’s me Marimonda! Today, let’s go to #Saint Paul de Vence, a lovely village where you can go for a day trip from Nice.

Saint Paul de Vence is a commune in the Alpes-Maritimes department near Nice. It’s one of the oldest medieval towns like èze. The village is famous for art galleries all around the alleys. With its breathtaking view and peaceful atmosphere, the town was loved by many artists, such as Marc Chagall and Henri Révy.

Riding in the bus 400 from Nice, it takes about 1 hour to get to Saint Paul. The bus passes by other small villages where you can access to the beaches in Alpes-Maritimes area ( e.g. Cagnes-sur-Mer, Saint-Laurent-du-Var, La Colle-sur-Loup). If you wish, you could hop off the bus and enjoy the beach. When you take the bus, try to get a right side of the bus (not the driver’s side, but the door side) to enjoy the best scenery of Saint Paul de Vence when the bus goes up a hill later. You’ll see a village far away on the hill, you’re almost arrived. Even if you missed the scene, don’t worry. You’ll have another opportunity when you come back to Nice. Most passengers in the bus will take off at Saint Paul stop like you. At the bus stop, walk toward an alley where L’occitane and a pharmacy are or just follow the others like I did. Then you’ll see the entrance of the village.

The Village Entrance

When I visited there like three weeks ago, it seemed to be more tourists than local residents. The village is quite small, so you can look around it within 2-3 hours. Everything seemed very slow and tranquil as if the time stopped in Saint Paul de Vence. In the beginning, the town looked nothing in particular and I didn’t get any significant impression. After seeing the view from the observatory in the town, however, I understood why Chagall felt in love with this small commune. I couldn’t take my eyes off from the scene , a mixture of colors of nature. Believe me, it looks much better in real.

Saint Paul de Vence
Saint Paul de Vence
Saint Paul de Vence
Saint Paul de Vence
What a view!

Walking around the town, you might lose track of the time. But it’s okay, you can forget about the time here. The village’s cemetery is also one of the tourist spots. It is located at the end of the town. You would be able to find the Marc Chagall’s tomb and the one of Maeght who was a rich art collector. A map is provided at the entrance, so it wouldn’t be that difficult to find them. Even if you don’t see the map, you could find the tomb of Marc Chagall easily since there are many name rocks on it.

Marc Chagall’s Tomb

Don’t miss out the Maeght Foundation where you can enjoy contemporary art pieces. It’s 20 mins away by foot from Saint Paul de Vence. Or you can use a ticket azur which allows one correspondence within 2 and half hour to drop by the Maeght Foundation or vice versa.

The Only thing to be careful in this village is the timetable of the bus #400. A bus runs every 30 to 50 minutes, and the last bus departs around 7 p.m.(mon-fri. 7.15 p.m. from Vence, weekend and holidays 7:30 p.m.) which is relatively early especially during the Summer. It would be better to check the time for the bus before and be on time at the bus stop.

Happy Travel and see you again 🙂

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Menton, Lemon Festival

Hello, everyone. It’s me Marimonda! Today, let’s go to Menton with me.

Menton is one of the Côte d’Azur towns near the border between France and Italy. Thanks to its location, even though Menton is a French village, it has some Italian features. Menton is a hilly town alongside the coastline of the Mediterranean Sea like cinque terre villages in Italy. Also, there are plenty of Italian restaurants in Menton and they are goooooood! The temperature of Menton is a bit higher than most french cities by 3 celsius. Exotic plants all around the town make this place more attractive. You can find orange and lemon trees on the street, too. With the picturesque view and fantastic weather, it is also called <Pearl of France>.

In Menton, you can enjoy Italian seafood dish with reasonable price compared to Paris. In front of the beach, you can find a flea market. It may be a flea market with the best view in the world. Contrast to the blue sea, the white mini train tours Menton. Even though Menton is a small town, it has hills thus it might be a good idea to take a mini train( €9) to enjoy the scenery.

In the mid-February, this small town becomes busier with visitors all around the world. Menton is also known for its Lemon Festival which takes place for about two weeks like Nice Carnival. The festival consists of the Parade and the Garden. The Parade takes place five times throughout the festival period, thus it is recommended to check out the schedule before visiting Menton otherwise you might not be able to participate. Even though you visit Menton on the day of no Parade, don’t worry. You can enjoy thematic garden decorated with oranges and lemons with its annual theme.

Theme. The event changes its theme every year like Nice Carnival. To celebrate its 86th anniversary, the festival was held from 16th February to 3rd March with the theme of <Fantastic World- Des Mondes Fantastiques>.

The garden was full of citrus scent. You could find imaginary features such as dragon or pheonix, or even a Persian prince in a story made of oranges and lemons. It’s not big so 2-3 hours will be enough to look around the place.

Ticketing. Tickets for reserved seats cost €25 and standing seats cost €12 (online €10 ). The ticket to the Garden cost €12 onsite and €10 online. Two combos are available depending on the parade. The combo I was €32 (online €30 ) and the combo II was €20 (online €17 ). You can save few euros if you purchase the tickets in advance. The price may differ next year.

Transportation. From Nice to Menton, you can take a train it cost €5.5 and it takes about 40 minutes. You can also take a bus #100 at the port of Nice. Uber costs €45-60 and takes 40 mins depending on the traffic situation. Menton itself is a somewhat small town, thus you may not need any transportation ticket in Menton.

Before you leave, don’t forget to go to old town of Menton and go up the hill to see the town view. The village has many eye-catching places to take pictures and wonder around.

I attach some useful websites to travel Menton including Lemon Festival.

Lemon Festival. This is an official website of the Lemon Festival. You can check the schedule and reserve tickets here.

Menton. The official website where you can check the recent news in menton.

Happy travel and see you again. 🙂

France, Travel

Nice Carnival

Hello Everyone, it’s me #Marimonda!

Today, I’d like to share my first carnival experience in Nice. Nice Carnival is one of the best world carnival festivals in the world with the one in Venice and Rio. I heard of Nice Carnival about seven years ago for the first time, since then I’ve wanted to participate the event. Luckily, now I am staying in France so I had the opportunity to visit Nice during the festival period.

Nice Carnival, Place Masséna

This year, Nice Carnival was held from16th February to 2nd March. Even though the Carnival lasts for about two weeks, the parade doesn’t take place every single day during the festival. Therefore, I would recommend you to check the parade schedule and check out what event you would like to participate in.

Nice Carnival consists of two parts: the Parade and the Battles of Flowers. Both Parades begin at Place Masséna, then they continue to promenade des anglais. By coming back to the place, the Parades are over. It takes about one and half hour to two hours. With music and dance, the atmosphere of the Place Masséna is full of laugh and energy. You could hear audiences chattering, pointing, oohing and aahing, and laughing, and clicking their camera shutter. While clicking your camera shutters, two hours would be gone like a second.

The Battles of Flowers

At the Place Masséna, the parade does some performances and at the Battles of Flowers, they distribute flowers when they arrive at the Place Masséna after touring the city. You can get some flowers for free! Stay closer to the front if you like to catch some flowers.

Theme. The Carnival has different theme every single year to attract more visitors. The theme of this year was Roi du cinéma (King of the Cinema in English). You could enjoy the parade of movie heroes like Charlie Chaplin, Avengers, also funny props of Trump, Macron etc. There was a Korean traditional fan dance parade, too.

Ticketing. Usually, tickets are on sale from the mid-December, you can get them online, too. Purchasing tickets on the Internet would be a better option since you can choose the seat you want (If you’re buying a seat in Tribune section). Prices for adults start at 5 euros in the standing area and 26 euros for reserved seats. There’s a combo package for the two events (the Carnival Parade and the Battles of Flowers) for 40 euros. The combo offer helps you save some euros. Watch out, you cannot choose Saturday spectacular with the combo tickets.

Tips for ticketing. The Tribune Jean Jaurès offers the best spot to enjoy the show because you can see the parade entering into the Place Masséna. Also, performers dance and do some performs at the stage in front of the Tribune Jean Jaurès and Phocéens. If you prefer sitting in sunny side get tickets in the Jean Jaurès section. If you like avoid Sun and stay in shade area, purchase tickets in the Phocéens section.

Transportation. I took a flight from Charle de Gaulle (AF7710) Terminal 2, and it took me one and half hour to arrive at Nice airport 2. My flight was delayed for 40 mins but arrived about 20 mins later than it was scheduled. Thus, real flight time would be like an hour and 10 minutes. From the airport, you can take an express bus(Bus #98 to City Center, #99 to Gare SNCF) which costs 6 euros. You can purchase the ticket on board or at the ticket booth in the airport. If you want to save money, you can go to Terminal 1 using the free Airport shuttle bus then take any local bus (1.5 euro) to the center of Nice.

You can also check out La Fête du Citron (Lemon Festival) in Menton, or La Fête du Mimosa in Mandelieu la Napoule. They are also celebrating local events in the similar period and the two cities are not that far away from Nice. Since Nice is a hub city of Côte d’Azur area in terms of transportation, you can go visit other famous cities such as Menton (bus #100), Monaco (bus #100) Cannes (bus #200), Grasse (bus #500), Saint Paul de Vence (bus #400), Èze (bus #82)., etc. by bus or train easily.

I attach some useful websites to travel Nice. Hopefully, it helps you out.

French Riviera Pass. It is a city pass which allows you free (or with reduced price) access to the most important touristic destinations in Nice and other Côte d’Azur cities such as Eze, Monaco, Cagnes sur Mer, etc.

Lignes d’Azur. This is a bus company which operates the service between cities in Côte d’Azur area, and airport express busses.

See you again 🙂

France, Travel

Nice Airport Terminal 2, The Infinity Lounge Review

Hello Everyone, it’s me Marimonda! Today, I’d like to share my experience at The Infinity Lounge (Nice Airport). Hopefully, my review helps you plan your trip!

Nice Airport has two terminals. Each terminal has two lounges :one is for Schenguen Area travellers and the other one is for non-Schenguen Area travellers. I was travelling from Nice to Paris in Terminal 2, so I could access The Infinity Lounge.

Located in near gate A14 after Security Check Point and Duty Free Shops, this lounge hosts travellers whose destination is in Schenguen Area excluding flights to Belgium, Greece, and Netherlands. If you’re travelling outside of Schenguen Area, you can go to The Levity Lounge in the international flights zone.

On the opposite side of gate A 14 near escalator, there’s an elevator which allows you to access the Lounge. Once you get into the Lounge, you will see a reception desk with receptionist. S.He will ask you to present your passport and flight ticket. After checking your documents, the receptionist will ask you how are you going to pay.

There’re three ways to pay : Priority Pass Card (PP card) / Voucher / Instant Access. If you have a PP card, just present it then it’s done. In case of purchasing a voucher or instant access it costs 30 euros. For the voucher, you should buy it on the Internet in advance. The official website is as following. The Infinity Lounge

I found out if you buy a travel pack which involves Nice access(a.k.a. fast track) + 1 VIP Lounge with 26 euros. However, when I put it in my cart it was 22 euros, but at the final payment stage it was 24 euros. Very weird. Since I used my PP card, I am not sure which price is the correct one but it’s worth to compare the price with Travel Pack and a simple Lounge Voucher to save 4-8 euros(plus, you could access the fast track at the security check point). You will see what I meant if you look at the following pictures.

Image Source : Nice Airport Lounge Reservation Page

At the entrance, there’s a newspaper stand. French and English newspapers were prepared. You can pick any newspaper you want and read it, but you should put it back when you leave the lounge.

Surprisingly, there was a pocket ball pool. This is the first time I’ve seen the pocket ball pool in a lounge. I thought it was a good idea to kill time actively while you’re waiting for your flight.

The lounge seemed to be very stylish with its unique chair in the center. It also offers sofas for people who wants to relax and normal chairs that you can see at a cafe for ones working.

The atmosphere was amazing. The Lounge was big enough and very clean. It divided its sections into many segments with different chair styles. View was good and not that busy nor noisy.

On the other hand, the food seems to be needed more options. There were some ham and cheese, bread, chips, and cookies, but those are like snacks not like meal. Meanwhile, from alcohol to non-alcohol drinks, there were plenty of options for drinks.

Even though its limited food options, if you’d like to relax it will be worth it to stay in the lounge. Plus, if you have a PP card, why not? Personally, if I don’t have the card, I wouldn’t go back since I could eat something better and find a cafe to wait my flight with 30 euros.

For those who wants to make a reservation for the lounge, click Here then it will lead you to travel pack reservation page.

I will come back with other travelling stories. See you soon 🙂