Turquoise Jewels of the Côte d’Azur – Nice

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A few days sampling the delights of the Côte d’Azur.

First stop Nice.

I love a wander around a market and Nice has plenty on offer

Marché Aux Fleurs (flowers, food and antiques)

Puces de Nice (antiques)

Place Saint-François (fish)

Place Garibaldi (antiques)

Place du Palais de Justice (second-hand books and antiques/arts and crafts)

Quai de la Douane (antiques)

I can understand why the French are so passionate about food, Tesco just pales into insignificance compared to the array of local produce on offer

 

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This was just a bit scary, dead cat anyone??? or horror film dolls head…

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Finally the correct sized bottle of Fizz for me, extra extra large

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During my visit I loved the Promenade Du Paillon. You’ll first see the 3000m2 “water mirror” comprising of water fountains that launch randomly, in-between steamy periods.  Fabulous for cooling off on warm days.

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Promenade du Paillon
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Promenade du Paillon

Lots of public art on display round the city to feast your eyes on, never a dull moment

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Visiting Place Massena, in the very centre of Nice, you will come across “Fontaine du Soleil”, the Sun Fountain. Pride of place is an impressive marble Apollo.  At 7 meters tall you can’t miss him and someone forgot the fig leaf! Apparently it was too much for some of the residents and he was removed for a period, but now back in full glory

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Apollo in all his glory
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The Seven Statues of The Massena Square

I really liked this installation of buddha type figures in the sky. At night they twinkle different colours representing the seven continents. Each colourful figure represents communication between societies across the globe.

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“Conversation à Nice” by Spanish artist Jaume Plensa

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Neuf Lignes Obliques

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The beautiful Negresco hotel standing proud on the The Promenade des Anglais

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Oeuvre de SAB inspirée de la Chaise bleue de la Promenade des Anglais
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Petanque
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Petanque

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Accessible beach

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Its the perfect place for a bit of Martin Parr-esque people watching.  My favourite thing to do

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‘Tribute to French North Africa of all faiths’, memorial on the Promenade des Anglais in Nice, southern France

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There are amazing buildings from renaissance to brutalism all within walking distance

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La Tête au Carré de Sosno in Nice France

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Always time to sample the finer things in life, and when in France, it would be rude not to do some wine tasting

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“Conversation à Nice” by Spanish artist Jaume Plensa
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Promenade du Paillon
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Promenade du Paillon
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Promenade du Paillon
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Promenade du Paillon
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Promenade du Paillon

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