|Beach Scenes in Nice|
Nisa La Belle, meaning Nice, the Beautiful, enjoys the mild Meditteranean climate, with the high 80s in summer and mid-50s in winter, and hardly any rainfall in spring or fall. Aristocrats from Britain have come to enjoy this weather since the 18th century. The city’s main coastal road is called the Promenade des Anglais, Walkway of the English. It is second only to Paris in terms of tourism and is the second largest city in the French Riviera, with a million in the urban area, just behind Marseille.
|part of Coeurs Saleya|
A few steps away stood the Place du Palais, often the site for concerts, films and major public events. The Palais de Justice is located there. On the steps of the buildings around the Place are youths hanging out. Towards the other direction, we were led through an alley of colorful buildings to the Place Massena, Nice’s vast central square that lies between the Old and New Towns.
|Fontaine du Soleil in Place Massena|
|Esplanade Georges Pompidou and the landmark sculpture|
Plage Beau Rivage
|Plage Beau Rivage|
Monuments Aux Morts
|Monuments aux Morts|
And then I made a mad dash to the souvenir shops around where we were going to meet our driver. After almost giving up, I found my go-to memento, a tank top that said I “heart” Nice. I was looking for one that said, ”I am a NICE girl!” That would have been apropos! I only ran out of time. Then, just as we were leaving the city, the driver pointed to a War Memorial dedicated to the 4,000 residents of the city who perished in World War I and others who died in later wars. That was our sixth quick-see of our brief rendezvous with Nice, the epitome of the French Riviera!