A Travel Post:
Nice, the seaside resort in the South of France, is a special place. This town has a lot to offer the traveller and the resident.
The wide seafront promenade which stretches nearly four and a half miles from the Harbour to the Airport at the tip of the bay is the shop front of the town so to speak. The Palm trees, interspersed with Oleander bushes in the middle of a dual carriage way that runs parallel to the promenade give it a well-designed and colourful look, especially at this time of year, June, when the bushes are in bloom with their pink and white flowers. The Promenade itself, a wide pavement of concrete, is such a treat for leisurely strolling, cycling, roller skating or jogging with intermittent benches or individual chairs situated along the way, offering a chance to admire the sea view or just taking a rest.
This picture does not do justice to the beautiful Promenade but just to show a little of the scene, the buildings behind, and the beach. This day, it was overcast hence the somewhat dull picture. Better luck next time.
Below the Promenade is a glorious wide, pebbled beach, where thousands of people gather each day to enjoy the sun and the water from May to September.
The beautiful architecture of the buildings that are largely hotels now line this Promenade des Anglais, (Promenade of the English), named in honour of the British Tourists, mainly the Aristocracy and the wealthy, who stopped over during their Grand Tour of Europe in the late 19th and early 20th century and often made Nice and other towns along the coast, their residence for the winter months to escape the cold of Britain.
Evidence of how the sun changes the colour of the buildings. They are all a warm red of those on the left of the square. Easy to see the tramlines here which run up through the middle of the square.
These buildings which are of Baroque Architecture had their façades painted in warm reds and yellows. This is particularly evident in the main square, the Place Massena where the colour is warm red. The square is named after André Masséna, who was born in Nice and became a Commander in the Napoleonic Wars.
Entrance to the Park with its water feature; it is a place and a source of great amusement for young and old especially on hot days when people like to cool off under the fountains.
The recently installed Tram System means that the centre of Nice is largely pedestrian apart from this tramway running through the square and up the main avenue, which adds to the attraction. Just off the Place Masséna is a massive park, which is the hub of the town where friends and families congregate in the evenings and at weekends during the summer.
Here is another look at Place Masséna. This time, from the opposite side of the square. The trees on the left in the near distance mark the entrance to the Park. The passage between the buildings at the far end leads to the beach.
Cleanliness in Nice is noticeable, pavements are hosed down early every morning on the main avenue and bins are strategically placed every few yards along the pavement.
A wander to the old town is a must, the dark alleys full of little shops remind of an Arab Souk. These alleys lead to more squares of which Nice has many.
Nice has much more to offer the tourist with Museums, Art Galleries and Casinos and of course the easy access along the coast by car or train to either Monaco or Italy or in the other direction to Cannes and on to Marseilles or Avignon.
Amazing to think that Nice has existed for 400.000 years.
This jewel on the Mediterranean, offers the tourist a great holiday or stopover.
Sources: Wikipedia & Attika International