Why not discovering the French riviera at the same time? The following short movie presents some of the most interesting activities and sites located near Sophia Antipolis, Nice, Antibes and Cannes.
The French Riviera benefits from a Mediterranean-type climate, characterised by exceptional sunshine almost 300 days a year and mild temperatures for most of the year. It rains heavily but infrequently mostly in March/April and October/November. In winter, freezing temperatures are rare, but sweaters are advised.
Shops are usually open from 9 am to 7 pm from Monday to Saturday. Department stores may stay open until 9 pm. Banks are open from 8.30 to 12 noon and 2 to 4.30 pm, Monday to Friday, with some branches opening on Saturday mornings.
The 1st of January, Easter Monday, May 1st (May Day), May 8th (VE Day), Ascension Day (Thursday), Whit Monday, July 14th (Bastille Day), August 15th, November 1st (All Saints), November 11th (Armistice Day) and December 25th (Christmas). On legal holidays, banks, government offices, shops, the majority of businesses and also many museums and tourist attractions are closed
Credit cards are accepted in many shops, hotels and restaurants (there is usually a minimum amount of between €7 and €15). For cash, you will find cash-points on just about every street corner (24 hours a day). Bank branches, exchange bureaux and some post offices handle currency exchange transactions and traveller's cheques. Whatever you are buying, listed prices include all taxes. A gratuity is however the custom in restaurants and for certain specific services (taxi cabs.).
Dial the following numbers (toll-free) SAMU (medical emergencies): 15 Police emergency: 17 Fire-brigade: 18 European emergency call: 112
To call France in France: 0 + area number + number To call France from abroad: 00 + 33 + number To call abroad: 00 + country exchange number + number.
220 Volts - 380 Volts / 50 Hertz.
You are strongly recommended to respect smoking/no smoking signs in public places.
It is always useful to have a little cash on you at all times for little out-of-pocket expenses like taxi fares to the airport, drinks, etc.
A service charge is included in the price of each item on the menu in any cafe or restaurant as required by French law. In theory, no further tipping is expected. However, it is pretty common to leave something after a bite to eat or drink. But it's never expected and is only given for good or attentive service, or at a place you habituate frequently. Extra generosity will never hurt.
If you are driving, park only where authorised and respect speed limits on highways and motorways.