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A reader commented on the Expat Report Living in Nice, France
What activities, clubs and organizations would you recommend to newcomers to help them meet others?
French Classes at the Alliance Francaise, Fitness Club. There is also a center for visitors to Nice called the AVF but the one in Nice, caters mostly to older people. The website, is also a good resource for English-speaking people living in the Cote d'Azur region. (Continue)
A reader replied most recently with:
I am an expat living in Nice (blog: 24/7 in France) and find the city offers a wide range of activities for everyone! You don't really need a car, as public transportation is easy and accessible. It just takes making an effort to find what you like! Bienvenue!
A reader replied recently with:
Hello, I am new to Nice. I have been here for about a year. I am originally from New York. I worked in Paris for three years before I started working in Nice. Both New York and Paris are exceptioal cities in that it is very easy to find interesting and exciting events, readily available, often for very little money --- if you know where to go. Nice is a bit more daunting in that respect. You need to look for events and as always, it con be difficult to make new contacts. You also need a car! That can be a struggle, if you were used to public transportation, as I was in New York and Paris.
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Expat Report Review of EBICA (Ecole Bilingue Internationale Côte d'Azur) in Nice, France by kajay was published
Review-of-EBICA (Ecole Bilingue Internationale Côte d'Azur)
How would you describe the facilities at this school? What extra-curricular activities are available?
Good facilites. Nice friendly atmosphere. In a wooeded area so very nice surroundings. Small class sizes which helps learning. Varied extra-curricular acitivites such as the history of music, hip hop, archery, and first aid training. (Continue)
KatherineD commented on the Expat Report Having a Baby in Nice, France
Describe your experience giving birth there. What type of facility did you go to? What (if any) type of pain management did you use? How long did you stay in the hospital? Was it a positive experience? Etc...
I gave birth to my twin boys at L'Arche Hospital in Nice. This is a large, teaching hospital affiliated with the University of Nice. I moved to France 1 week after finding out I was pregnant, needless to say my husband and I had not anticipated this when we accepted the expat position. I was given an epidural during my labor (which I was required to have a consultation with the anesthesiologist during my prenatal care). I was induced appropriately at 35 weeks due to cholestasis, and labored till I was 9 cm. Then I had a c-section secondary to a sudden onset of fetal distress. My sons did very well and did not need to be in the NICU and roomed in with me the entire stay. Although the nurses would offer to take them at night so I could sleep. My only complaint was the pain management after my delivery. Because I was breastfeeding I only received paracetamol (essentially tylenol) for pain. It was terrible. I had my husband bringing in Advil for me since it worked better. I stayed in the hospital for 6 days after the delivery--quite a bit longer than normal in the US. However since we had no family to help us I took advantage of the assistance from the nurses with the babies.

I feel that L'Arche is an excellent facility for medical care, but don't expect much from the decor (or lack of) or the food which was borderline horrible. My French is mediocore, and I was never offered assistance with translation. Lucky for me I am a nurse-midwife in the states and understood the majority of the medical jargon since it is all similar. (Continue)

KatherineD replied most recently with:
Im glad it went well for you. I too had my lovely daughter in Nice, 4 months after we arrived but at Nice Lanval. Very medicalised but amazingly professional. Like Angelina Jollie, we chose Michel Sussman, who also speaks perfect English. His sage Femme, (midwife) Odille, always works with him and is very experienced and amazing. We too saw Dr Bessier at first, who is very professional, if not very warm. There are many fabulous paediatricians in this area to choose from,. We had 3 1/2 wonderful years in the south of France. I wish you all the joy that we had!
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