S: France 2011 Volume 1
FC: France 2011 | Volume 1 | France 2011
1: Life brings simple pleasures to us every day. It is up to us to make them wonderful memories. CathyAllen | The adventure begins flying over the Italian Alps into Nice - Our first glimpse of the shoreline below
2: The keys to our castle!! Above right - note the little doorway right in the centre and first floor windows above. The hanging legs are directly across the street. | 7 Rue de Collette
3: Our little home away from home in Old Town Nice
4: The colors of Cours Saleya | Built on the ramparts dismantled in the early 18th century, Cours Saleya is a pedestrian area in the heart of Old Nice. In this baroque ocre setting the flower and vegetable markets are held.
8: Chateau Hill | Panorama from Bellanda Tower overlooking the Promenade des Anglais
11: Castle (or Chateau) Hill is built on the foundations of a defensive structure razed to the ground during the French occupation under King Louis XIV. The terraces of Tour Bellanda offer splendid panoramas over the city and its surroundings.
13: Sailboats on Baie des Anges
21: A 1905 carousel and snack food stand in the Albert 1st garden located off Promenade des Anglais
22: The Streets of Old Town Nice
24: Picasso Museum
26: When I was a child, my mother said to me, 'If you become a soldier, you will become a general. If you become a monk, then you will end up as Pope.' Instead, I became a painter, and wound up as Picasso. -Pablo Picasso
27: Antibes Windows
29: Museum of Archaeology and site of Nice-Cemenelum Cemenelum was proclaimed the capital of Alpes Maritimae, and ancient Roman Province, in 14 BC by the Emperor Augustus. The ruins include the amphitheatre and baths (3rd century AD), as well as paved streets and a Palaeo-Christian complex (5th century AD). The museum, inaugurated in January 1989, displays collections ranging from the Bronze Age (1100 BC) to the Middle Ages.
34: Franciscan Church and Monastery of Cimiez
36: Saint Nicolas Russian Orthodox Cathedral Built by Tsar Nicolas in 1912 in a small suburb a half mile west of Nice Ville railway station, the Cathedral offers an impressive architectural sight, and houses treasures of icons, woodwork, and frescos. It was the first church to be designated a Russian Orthodox Cathedral outside Russia, and is a reminder of the long established pre-revolutionary Russian presence on the Riviera at the end of the 19th century
38: Commemorative chapel to Grand Duke Nicholas Alexandrovitch who died in Nice in 1865
39: Matissse Henri | Henri Matisse Henri Matisse | Henri Matisse
40: Back at our little apartment Steve is cooking up a storm!!
41: Next stop - Monte Carlo
42: Casino Gardens on Place du Casino
43: Would the REAL Adam and Eve please stand up?
46: Views of Port Hercule walking
47: towards Monaco-Ville
50: Gardens of Saint-Martin and Sainte-Barbe
51: Oh for heavens sake! Clearly you have to keep an eye on that boy every minute, or . . .
52: Hall of JUstie | Cathedrale de Monaco built in 1875, is the final resting place of Princess Grace and Prince Rainer of Monaco
53: The Prince's Palace
54: Monaco-Ville ramparts Overlooking Port Hercule
59: We climbed 423 steps in the rain to this garden. It was worth every step!
60: Monaco-Ville and Port De Fontvieille from the exotic garden
61: Next stop - a visit to the Prince of Monaco's collection of vintage cars
62: The door is in front! | The collection includes around a hundred vehicles from racers to horse drawn buggies
63: Note the wicker seats!
64: More Cours Saleya
65: Shoe shopping on Rue Massena
66: Betcha you've never seen Seguay cops before!
67: Guess which ones I bought?
69: Views of Nice from the ferris wheel
71: The Promenade des Anglais stretches about 7km around the Baie des Anges Of course we walked it all!
72: One of our favorite dinners (duck confit) was at Snug - a little Irish Pub(!) in old town. Here a young girl entertained us with her story of Valentine's day bouquets received from her husband, her lover(!) and her friend.
73: Next on the agenda: the Nice Carnival We attended the opening festivities where the "King of the Mediterranean" arrives and the party begins
76: The King and Queen arrive!
77: The Bataille de Fleurs | Can you imagine parading for miles in THOSE shoes?
78: Oops! This pic. is for Steve! | During the parade branches of mimosa are thrown from the floats into the crowd. When they run out they begin dismantling the floats and throw those flowers to the crowd as well!
79: The ‘Battle’ in the Bataille de Fleurs originated in the 19th century, when Nice was the carnation-growing capital of France. The 1876 festival featured young ladies dressed in their finest with copious florals, parading down the Promenade and pelting each other and the audience with flowers.
81: Our flower parade bouquet
82: Below - hobo and his dog Rex, whom we visited many times with our spare change.
83: Wayne's Bar and Internet Cafe - We tested out the hamburgers and the internet services! Both great. A quote on the wall at Wayne's "If music be the food of love play on" Shakespere, 12th Night
84: Menton holds an annual Lemon Festival and parade. The sculptures are quite amazing!
88: If these tourists look cold it's because we waited over an hour in pouring rain for this parade!
89: Some extremely brave parade participants
90: The area of today’s Nice is believed to be among the oldest human settlements in Europe. One of the archaeological sites, Terra Amata, displays evidence of a very early usage of fire. Around 350 BCE, Greeks of Marseille founded a permanent settlement and called it Nikaia, after Nike, the goddess of victory. Throughout the ages the town changed hands many times. Its strategic location significantly contributed to its maritime strength. For years, it was an Italian dominion, then became part of France in 1860. Culturally and architecturally enriched over time, today Nice has become a truly cosmopolitan tourist destination. The spectacular natural beauty of the Nice area and its mild Mediterranean climate came to the attention of the English upper classes in the second half of the 18th century, when an increasing number of aristocratic families took to spending their winter there. The city’s main seaside promenade, the Promenade des Anglais (‘the Walkway of the English’) owes its name to the earliest visitors to the resort. For decades now, the picturesque Nicean surroundings have attracted not only those in search of relaxation, but also those seeking inspiration. The clear air and soft light has been of particular appeal to some of Western culture’s most outstanding painters, such as Marc Chagall, Henri Matisse, Niki de Saint Phalle and Arman. Their work is commemorated in many of the city’s museums, including Musée Marc Chagall, Musée Matisse and Musée des Beaux-Arts Jules Chéret. The climate and landscape are still what attracts most visitors today. It has the second largest hotel capacity in the country and is the second-most visited place in France after Paris, receiving 4 million tourists every year. It also has the second busiest airport in France after Paris and two convention centres dedicated to business tourism. The city also has a university, several business districts and some major cultural facilities, such as museums, a national theatre, an opera house with a regional library and several concert halls and casinos. It is the historical capital city of the County of Nice (Comté de Nice).