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Why We Love Bonaparte…

We offer a range of holiday rental in Nice, and here we discuss the beautiful Bonaparte area of Nice. The area around the Place du Pin/rue Bonaparte, referred to also as the ‘Petit Marais Niçois’, has become the trendy area of Nice with its collection of stylish bars, restaurants and boutiques nestled in amongst the local boulangeries and corner shops. Bonaparte is the centre of what Nice has to offer, with the Old Town only a few minutes walk away and also a cross over to Place Garibaldi. The port is also walking distance to have beautiful evening walks watching the sun go down. Beautiful!

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If you are looking at holiday rental in Nice, a beautiful place to visit is the Bonaparte area of Nice. Here the locals, young and old, rub shoulders with visitors and there truly is a sense of neighbourhood and camaraderie as you buy your morning baguette, sit in a café to contemplate life or take a stroll around the port. There are no end of eating establishments to try: from the local speciality socca at Chez Pipo, to the fine dining of Jan and the heavenly patisseries from Deli Bo. The tram in Place Garibaldi will take you conveniently into the centre of town and up to the railway station, although the beautiful 15-minute walk down the newly renovated Promenade de Paillon should not be missed.

There is plenty of bars and restaurants around the local area which offer beautiful dishes, amazing ice-cold drinks and cocktails to quench your thirst on the beautiful sunny days.
We have some personal favourites here at STAY YNA, See below;

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Stay YNA Superb Holiday Villas in Nice

Holidaymakers are now becoming more adventurous and ambitious. Many are moving away from being satisfied with a two-week package holiday in a hotel with a pool and a beach close by. More people are looking at their holiday time as a chance to explore and engage with all the cultural aspects of society in a different part of the world.

Today’s travellers are more like experience seekers rather than holidaymakers. They are now looking to engage with the locals and experience their natural wonders, language, local customs, food, drink and culture that is so very different to their life back home.

For millennials especially, their free time has now become a chance for adventure and to have a quality holiday experience. This is why the next generation of holidaymakers are shifting away from generic package deals in isolated hotels towards renting holiday villas in the heart of the community and using their accommodation as a gateway towards absorbing a truly local experience that has become highly prized for this generation.

Holiday villas in Nice

We think that this shift in desire for an immersive holiday experience is one of the reasons why our holiday villas in Nice have become so popular in recent years. Villas can be more suitable and practical holiday accommodation choice for independent travellers, families with young children and for friends seeking a fantastic reunion destination.

Our holiday villas in Nice offer a better level of privacy, freedom and flexibility that you simply cannot get with an overcrowded all-inclusive resort, which can often be impersonal and noisy. Our Nice holiday villas offer you a great mix of peace and relaxation as well as the chance to immerse yourself in the amazing local culture that Nice has to offer!

We passionately embrace travellers who love to Stay Unique, Stay Safely and Stay Smart with Stay YNA. Get in touch with us for more information, or visit our website to check availability in our range of holiday villas in Nice.

 


Top 7 Things to Do While Staying in Nice

Nice is one of the most famous spots on the French Riviera, the area of the south coast of France along the Mediterranean.  Close to the principality of Monaco, the city is a tourist centre with a gentle Mediterranean climate.  There are many stunning luxury apartments in Nice that you can book through Stay YNA that are ideal to use as a base for your stay. Stay YNA offer luxury apartments that have a real home-from-home feel so you can completely relax and enjoy your visit  – but what are the top things to see and do while staying in Nice?

Areas of the city

Nice is a city which has evolved and grown over time, different areas have their own character as well as different features and things to see.

Vieux Nice

Vieux Nice is the old town, an area of the city which is largely unchanged for the last 300 years.  The centrepiece is the Cours Saleya, the market square that is home to a hive of shopping activity throughout the summer.  If you are a foodie, this is a must-see spot with many stalls selling local fresh foods and food souvenirs.  The flower market is also a stunning experience and there is a flea market every Monday.

Promenade des Anglais

The name of this famous area of the seafront of Nice comes from the English ex-pat patrons who paid for it in the early 1800s.  The 4km long promenade is home to several of the city’s landmarks including the Calais de la Mediterranean.  You can hire scooters or bikes to travel the length or hop on an electric Segway for a modern way to tour it.

Places to visit

Nice has plenty of museums and other interesting spots to visit while you are staying in the city.  Here are a few ideas to help you plan your itinerary.

Fusee Massenet

The Fusee Massenet is housed in a building created for Prince Victor d’Estaing, grandson of Napoleon’s general Matriarchal Massenet.  The building is a cultural landmark and is also a museum that documents the history of the city and the larger French Riviera.  It is a classic belle toque style building that is worth seeing for its architecture alone.

Muse d’art Modern et d’art Contemporariness

If you are a fan of modern art rather than the classics, then this is your kind of museum. Featuring pieces by Andy Warhol and Roy Lichtenstein as well as newer artists such as Yves Klein, the museum is three stories complete with a rooftop exhibition area that has amazing views out across the city.

Fusee Matisse

The Fusee Matisse is a little outside the centre of Nice in the Commie area.  It is home to a range of works by the artist Henri Matisse including oil painting, tapestries and even some of the paper cut-outs that he was famous for creating.  Matisse himself is buried in the Monastery Notre Dame de Commie, the cemetery opposite the museum.

Russian Cathedral

Nice’s Russian Cathedral is the most beautiful orthodox church outside Russia and is the city’s most visited monument.  The cathedral has an amazing array of cupolas, turrets and polychrome tiles on its roofs that make viewing it a pleasure.  You can also pay the small charge and tour the inside of it with its very ornate and opulent style of design.  There are some 300 icons within the cathedral!

See the city

One of the best ways to see the city is via the open top bus tours called Le Open Tour. While many cities have these, and some can be of questionable quality, the one in Nice is very impressive.  It is a hop-on, hop-off service so you can use it to get around the city and see some of the most important sites in between.

You can find out more about our luxury apartments in Nice here. If you are looking for a French holiday that is a little different to the bustling city of Nice, we also have beautiful accommodation in Villefranche Sur Mer and Antibes.


Dime On Festival, Nice 2018.

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Now in it's fourth year, Dime on Fest was started in 2015 by Producer and Co founder of Dime On Records, Medi.

DIME ON FEST is a unique musical experience.

During a non-stop show, the singers join each other on stage, one after the other, and are all backed up by the one and only house band.

Here's a round up of this year's headliners!

Charlie Winston

Charlie Winston (born September 14, 1978) is an English indie and folk singer, songwriter and musician.

Charlie Winston played bass guitar for his brother Tom Baxter, appearing on Baxter’s Feather and Stone album. As well as touring with Tom, much of Charlie’s early career saw him composing music for, and performing in, London-based contemporary theatre productions. Charlie then moved to France where he had come to the attention of record label Atmosphériques who introduced him to Mark Plati (David Bowie, The Cure, Louise Attaque) with whom Charlie recorded his second album ‘Hobo’.

The first single from Charlie's upcoming fifth album was released on 8 June 2018. It's called The Weekend. The album, entitled Square 1, is set for release on 28 September 2018.

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Madame Monsieur

Madame Monsieur, husband-and-wife vocalist Émilie Satt and producer Jean-Karl Lucas, were selected to represent France in Euorvision 2018 following their national selection process “Destination Eurovision”.
In April 2018 their released their debut studio album ”Vu d’ici” a French pop album that borders on urban music. The album features 14 tracks, including the full version of their Eurovision song “Mercy”. Madame Monsieur are currently touring France.

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Joyce Jonathan

Singer Songwriter, Joyce Jonathan, was one of France's first major internet successes. In 2007, at the age of just 16 she began posting her songs on MySpace. After being launched on the website, My Major Company, Joyce Jonathan was able to fund her first album, "Sur mes gardes". Less than a year after, the album was certified platinum. On 23 January 2011 she received the NRJ Music Awards of the Francophone Breakthrough of the Year. On 4 May 2018, Joyce Jonathan released her single On, which will be a track of an album set to be released soon in 2018.

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Dime On Fest is held on Aug 04th in the exceptional setting of the Théâtre de Verdure in Nice. If you're thinking of joining the party take a look at the properties we have available.

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Jazz Festival Nice 2018 – STAYYNA Interview Singer Julie Follis

Here at [email protected] we’re Jazz hands at the ready for the Nice Jazz Festival, 16th - 21st July 2018.
 

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The first festival back in 1948, was the first Jazz festival of its kind in the world and it started right here in Nice! The inaugural festival was headlined by Louis Armstrong along with other big names, Claude Lutter, Stéphane Grappelli, Django Reinhardt.

 

The Nice jazz Festival continues attracts big names with this year’s line up including Kimberose, Aloe Blacc, Gregory Porter and the Kyle Eastwood Quintet. The festival is held in the Theatre De Verdure in Place Massena where there are two stages. Last year’s festival attracted around 43,000 people over the duration, an all time high.

 

Ahead of the festival [email protected] interviewed jazz singer and Nice resident, Julie Follis.

Tell us about your musical career? How did it all start?

I came to Nice in my mid twenties working on boats. I started singing with a street band, Contreband and soon after gave up my day job! I then got involved with The Lost Wandering Blues and Jazz Band. Danny Fitzgerald became my mentor and I spent a long time travelling around the States and Paris with them. It was through Danny that I struck up a relationship with Madeleine Peyroux - she’d joined The Lost Wandering as a run away teenager. I joined Madeleine on her UK tour as her support act.

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How did you get involved with the Jazz festival

 

While I was singing with Contreband we were invited by the Mayor of Nice to participate in the Jazz Off. The Jazz Off is held in conjunction with The Nice Jazz Festival and aims to showcase the best of local bands.

 

How did it feel to be part of such a historic festival?

 

It was a huge honour to be asked by the Mayor and to be a part of what is an amazing event. It was also absolutely crazy - we did 15 gigs in 9 days!

Who are you most looking forward to seeing at the festival?

On Monday 16th Gregory Porter is performing a tribute to Nat King Cole accompanied by the Orchestre Philharmonique of the Opéra Nice Côte d’Azur, which will be amazing. I’m also really looking forward to seeing Kyle Eastwood, son of Clint Eastwood, who is an incredible Bass player.

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IRONMAN Triathlon, Nice!

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It’s that time of the year again where Nice becomes host to the IRONMAN Triathlon! The athletes begin on the beach with a two loop 3.8km swim in the glorious blue waters of the Mediterranean sea. This is followed by a 180km bike ride through villages and mountains. Finally the athletes set off for a 42.2km marathon supported by the thousands of spectators who line the course.

We spoke with athlete and IRONMAN competitor Robert Desbarbieux ahead of this years competition

I decided to enter the Ironman competition a few years ago. Biking is my former sport, since I was 30 years old. I changed my job and wasn't able to ride my bike as often as I should. So I started running and entered the marathon competition in 2004. Swimming is my last sport, I started it by chance. One, plus one, plus one got me turned into a triathlete. As anyone, I started by short and long distance triathlons. Then, I joined my club Nice Cavigal Triathlon 10 years ago, and with a bunch of friends, we decided to participate to our first Ironman in Nice, as a challenge. We are all from Nice and love our city and the French Riviera area. Nice is such a great place for Ironman ! The bike course is amazing, within a few miles from the seaside you join the beautiful surrounding mountains. The landscape is breathtaking and the route is a real hard challenge.

 

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How long before the event do you start to train and what’s your training routine like?

In fact, I never start training for Ironman. I'm used to train all year long. For Ironman I only increase my training in matter of time and make it harder. In winter my average training time is 08 hours per week and it turns into 15 to 20 hours weekly within 4 months before the race. Nothing specific, my main goal is to be ready for the D day and be able to suffer and enjoy my Ironman competition at the same time.

Which part of the competition do you find the most difficult and why?

The most difficult for me is the marathon. I'm not such a great runner. When the bike is over, it's hard to find the mental and physical strength to run. The Promenade des Anglais is beautiful, but the weather is so hot ! Thankfully all my friends and family will be there to cheer me up ! And I'll hope for a few clouds in the afternoon!

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How many times have you competed in IRONMAN?

This year will my fourth distance Ironman . My second in Nice. The two others were in Vichy France and in Vitoria Gasteiz Spain.

What’s your most memorable memory of IRONMAN?

The most memorable memory is when I became an Ironman for the first time in Nice, my hometown where I'm born and where I live. It was incredible for me. The year before I was in the audience wishing to be one of the athlete and it was my turn ! Amazing !

 

How does it feel when you get to the finish?

Every race is different, but it's always such a relief to be a finisher. And try to enjoy this particular moment . I'm each time overwhelmed by so many feelings, suddenly my brain and my body reconnect. I can feel joy and pain. The very first minutes after the finish line I've no more energy, even for walking!

What do you do straight after the event?

I kiss my wife waiting for me right after the line with my medal. Stay with my friends and family. Join and/or wait for other competitors I know. And when I'm able to walk again, take my bags and bike and go home to rest.

How do you prepare yourself mentally?

I do not prepare me mentally precisely. I'm not stressed before, this is my wife's part. Lucky me! Living in Nice, I try to run and ride the courses as many times as I can. Knowing them perfectly makes me feel more relax and ready mentally.

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We'd like to wish Robert and all of this year's competitors a fantastic race!

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The Fete de la Musique

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The Fete de la Musique is a a free music event which spans the whole of France. Every year on Summer Solstice French towns are transformed into festivals, with bands and singers performing in concerts, town Squares on even on the pavements. The festival is one of France’s favourites and government figures say that 10 million people have been taking to the streets to celebrate in recent years.

In Nice the main event takes place in Place Massena, where there is a huge, free star studded concert. Tickets for this usually sell out very quickly but many people crowd into the surrounding locals parks to hear the music and dance the night away.

The Fete de la Musique is one of the few nights of the year where the government relaxes the licensing laws so the party really can go on until late!

If your music tastes are a little more eclectic, why not head down to Vieux Nice (The Old Town) where you’ll find a huge range of performers singing and dancing in the narrow streets. Vieux Nice does get very busy so if you’d prefer to enjoy the Fete de la Musique in quieter surroundings head out into the surrounding neighbourhoods.

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Riviera Ready with Annina!

Its nearly that time of the year, The French Riviera rolls out the red carpet once again and welcomes the industry’s hottest celebrities. The annual Cannes Film Festival is set it return May the 9th – May 18th, where show stopping dresses, red bottom shoes and glitzy jewels will take over the carpet.

To get this year’s fashion inside, we Interviewed Annina Kraft, a model and Cannes Boutique dress shop owner of Annika Dress

1.What is the inspiration behind Annika? 

Annika is a clothing boutique that offers fashionable, sexy and luxurious party and evening dresses without the hefty price tag most other fashion stores charge their clients. It offers the opportunity to buy a stunning dress without breaking the bank.

2. What kind of style epitomises Annika? 

 Our dresses are all glam with a hint of sexy...or a lot of sexy

3.Can you describe the kind of woman wears Annika? 

Our clientele are women from all ages and backgrounds, locals and tourists alike, who love to be on trend and enjoy dressing up.

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4. Why did you choose the French Riviera to start Annika Dresses? 

I chose the French Riviera as I have been based here for the past 14 years and I saw a gap in the market for what we offer.

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5. What is the atmosphere like while Cannes Film Festival is here?

The atmosphere is electric. Everything and everyone is just ready to be fab and party away....it’s truly unique and a must on every bodies bucket list.

6. What trends can we expect to see on the Cannes red carpet this year? 

The past years the gowns were "barely there dresses" with ultra-high side splits and see through materials. I think this trend will continue.

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7.What's your best celebrity moment at the Cannes film festival? 

A few years ago, I went to some high-profile parties during the Festival, that was before I was busy with the boutique. I got to party with some A list celebs till the early morning hours. Of course, I cannot mention their names...that would not be professional!

8.Do you have any advice for tourists hoping to spot some celebrities? 

Best celeb spotting points are the exclusive parties that are hosted during the festival such as Elton John’s amfar gala at Eden Rock, the Chopard party or the Vanity Fair party. That said, its pricey to get tickets to those events but not impossible. Everyone who has the necessary cash can go. And I have in the past years helped many of my tourist clients and local clients to get their hands on those rare and exclusive tickets. Apart from that, the red carpet is a great spotting place, or any of the hotel bars and lobbies, and the beach clubs.

9.Where are the best places to hang out during the Cannes film festival? 

The private parties are the best. But it’s also fab just to walk around and enjoy a coffee or a drink anywhere in the centre of Cannes especially alongside the Croisette. People watching is just amazing during this time of the year.

10. Which celebrity do you feel epitomises Annika style and you would love to dress? 

I think J.Lo represents our style well. Always classy yet always sexy but sophisticated.

11.Where is the best place you have spotted someone wearing an Annika dress? 

On the red carpet. I had a Russian model purchase a few of our dresses last year during her stay in Cannes and she posted the most glam Video of her walking down the red carpet in her ANNIKA dress while paparazzi went crazy to get a picture of her.

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Made in…Nice | Stay YNA

It’s nearly Easter and chocolate is at the forefront of our mind at the STAY YNA Head office. Marjorie Maissa, our Nice Area Manager told us about a unique artisan chocolate maker in Nice that is really pushing the boundaries. Here’s Marjorie’s interview  (in her own French style) with the very talented creator/ designer Jean Patrice of Chocolate Degustation Paci in Avenue Notre Dame. If you’re staying with us in Nice then make a visit and pick up a unique momento of your trip! You’ll find Jean Patrice’s shop on the STAY YNA App Eat section.

Marjorie… Today was a lovely meeting with a local chocolate maker and creator(designer), JP PACI. 

Jean Patrice "played the game" happily and answered to our mini interview. I had also the chance to taste his nice chocolate that he can spend hours to create/produce/accomplish and keep creating new items depending on the request of his customers.

All his chocolates are 100% natural and made from 100% cocoa butter. I met him in his lovely little shop in the city centre of Nice on the Avenue Notre Dame where you can ask for anything you wish for him to make and personalised depending on your "envy”.

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What inspires your creativity? 

I studied the "Beaux Art" (Fine Art) and my dad was a chocolate maker. All my creations are a mix of these two aspects, the Art on one side and the familial influence.

What is your most interesting customer request? 

There are two that come to mind...

A "doudou" which is the teddy bear of a little child. The parents asked me to represent the teddy bear of their little one. I had to create the mould to approach as much as possible to the real one and it was a cute thing to do and very satisfying to please this young customer.

I was also recently asked by a neurologist to create a skull. It was an open skull showing the brain....

What is your favourite chocolate to make?   

I like to do is trying to imitate as close as possible an object, (doing an ersatz) like the bag "haute couture" that I do, the "Louboutin" shoe or the Nicois specialities that I have created like the chocolate Raviolis and also the french cheeses. I like following the latest trends. Last year it was the mojito, so I made some nice mojito in chocolate then the "spritz" this year!

How would you spend you perfect day in Nice?

In the sun, somewhere in front of the sea, as we need the sea every day, with a cocktail in my hand, at the terrace of a nice Coffee shop and "letting my brain escape" (s'evader : which means almost dreaming awake and letting the thoughts goes).

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If you were recommending a holiday to Nice what would be you top 2 things to do in Nice?

Walk with your head up anywhere in Nice and watch for the beautiful architecture. Don't follow the big "arteria"(streets) and discover the little streets and all the nicois cultural heritage.  

Visit the archeologic crypt of Nice near the place Garibaldi. for more info visit the STAY YNA App.

 

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Why we love February!

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February has been universally voted the worst month. It’s cold, bleak, and serves very little purpose in the yearly scheme of events. Valentines Day is cruelly placed slap bang in the middle of it, making lonely people feel lonelier and people in relationships scramble to prove their love and book overpriced menus in mediocre restaurants when they’d rather be cosied up on the sofa with a hot cuppa in front of the tv. February’s only saving grace is that it only has 28 days, but even that is 28 too many for some!
So at STAY YNA we’re turning February’s negative image on its head. Here’s how to love the most hated month of the year…

1.Book your holiday during the worst months of the year – not the best!

2. Grab a flight for as little as Euros 30 from major airports across Euro book a long weekend to Nice where it’s currently sunny and locals are dining on terraces for lunch.

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3. Enjoy the Nice carnival held from the 11th to 25th February. It’s one of the biggest in the world and it’s loud and colourful. This year the theme is King of Energy. Book tickets for seating or just join in the fun on the street. Here’s the website for more info. http://www.nicecarnaval.com/en

 

 

 

 

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4. Book the gorgeous Le Grand Hotel for less than £84 per night for the best balcony view overlooking the carnival route!

5. If you’re a romantic then Nice is made for lovers and perfect for Valentines Day.

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