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Enjoy Your Vacation on a Whole Different Level

Everyone travels for different reasons.  It may be for history, sightseeing, or even the food.  They are all valid opportunities to enjoy your destination adequately.  However, I have found over the years, even when doing the stereotypical see the Eiffel Tour in Paris, you do not have to do it in a stereotypical way.  So, here is how you can enjoy your vacation destination on a whole different level.

Nice is Nice: A Day Trip to Seaside Paris

Nice, France

Nice, France

The French Riviera; it springs to mind visions of St. Tropez tans, Gucci and yachts the size of small homes. One of the wonderful Côte d’Azur cities is Nice. Nice is a sprawling Mediterranean city in southern France and it is also the fifth most populous city after Paris, Marseille, Lyon, and Toulouse. After Marseille, it’s the second largest city on the Mediterranean coast. The city is actually called Nice la Belle; Nice the Beautiful, and that it is.

Arriving at its modern airport, l’Aéroport Nice Côte d’Azur, as a visitor, I found exiting to be quite a breeze. Once you retrieve your bags at the carousel, you exit to either the cab stand or public bus transport. We opted for the public bus as it was dramatically cheaper than a cab and dropped us off a couple of blocks from our hotel.

SIM Rental from iPhoneTrip – A Great Way to Keep Your Smartphone Connected While Abroad

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**Update- see update info at the end.

When traveling to Europe, I’ve used pay-as-you-go SIM cards before.  It is so much better than paying those horrible inflated roaming fees the US carriers charge.  The pay-as-you-go SIMs work very nicely and are easy and affordable when you are in just one country.  And, when traveling, it is added fun if you can upload photos to share with family and friends as you go.  However, the question goes, “What do you do when you are visiting multiple countries?”  I ran across an online article on Engadget, just at I was preparing for a multiple city European trip, about a company that rents SIM cards for just that purpose.

A Two Day Paris Tour “a la Chocolat” – Finding the Best Chocolate In Paris

Eiffle-Tower

Many times when you go on vacation you want to do something a bit different than the standard sightseeing.  Anyone can grab one of the run-of-the-mill sightseeing tour groups but you are at the mercy of the tour operator for what you see and do.  Many times you miss out on the authenticity of a city because the tours gloss over the city so that you only see the major sights.