A full day exploring Nice

August 31, 2014  •  11 Comments

Today was the official start of our Photo Workshop Adventure Tour in Provence.  This morning at 11 AM, we were to meet the rest of our group in the hotel lobby.  First thing in the morning I went with Chris, Sam and Gretchen for our  walk and to find some breakfast.  Nice is located on the south east coast of France on the Mediterranean Sea.  It is the second-largest French city on the Mediterranean coast and the second-largest city in the Provence-Alpes-Cote D'Azur region after Marseille.  The city is called Nice la Belle which means Nice the Beautiful.  The natural beauty of the Nice area and its mild Mediterranean climate attracted the English upper classes in the second half of the 18th century.  Nice has the second largest hotel capacity in the country and it is one of the most visited cities, receiving 4 million tourists every year.  After spending time in this city, I could easily understand why it is so popular.  

20140622_France_000120140622_France_0001 Early morning on the beach.  The beaches in Nice are very rocky.

20140622_France_000320140622_France_0003 More friendly dog people.

20140622_France_000420140622_France_0004 The baguette (and French bread in general) is a staple food and the baguette is a genuine symbol of France.  French bread is taken very seriously in France.  

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20140622_France_000820140622_France_0008 Even though it was early on a Sunday morning, people were already sunbathing on the beach.  The rocky beach never looked very comfortable to me but obviously people didn't mind it.  This photo was taken from the Promenade des Anglais.  Nice has been a popular tourist destination for royalty and the wealthy since the second half of the 18th century.  During this time the English built a walkway along the sea front which stretches for 8km along the pebbled beach seafront.  

20140622_France_000720140622_France_0007 This cutie reminded me so much of a whiter version of Maggie and Katie.  

20140622_France_000920140622_France_0009 We found out that Paris  is the capital of pre-wedding photography.  Paris is the number one destination for Asian couples from Hong Kong, Indonesia, Singapore and Japan to come and have wedding shots taken.  We saw this in several instances in Paris.   Obviously the South of France is also popular.  

20140622_France_001020140622_France_0010 After meeting the group, we got into the two vans and drove to the old section of Nice.  When we got out of the car we stopped to watch the kids on the Merry  go Round.   20140622_France_001120140622_France_0011

 

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The Promenade de Paillon, covering 12 hectares and 1.2 kilometres through the heart of Nice was  completed in October, 2013.  The opening marked the end of around ten years of building work undertaken by successive mayors to improve the quality of life and infrastructure in Nice.  This area is a great place for locals to go out for a stroll and for the kids to play.  I thought it was a stunning setting and I enjoyed watching the kids play in the fountains and the mist.  The "water mirror" attraction which you can walk through ( I didn't) is full of fountains that launch in random patterns soaking everyone in the process.  There are also lots of smaller "soaking fountains" for kids elsewhere on the promenade.  

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Pictured above is the bell tower in the old section of Nice.  

20140622_France_002120140622_France_0021 There were lots of colourful buildings in the old section of Nice.  

Walking in the streets of the historical section of Nice.  This old town seemed to have a very Italian atmosphere.  This is because Nice was once part of Italy.  

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20140622_France_002520140622_France_0025 Stephanie and Lisa posing.  These women were  are from Southern USA and we had a great time together on the tour.

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After being in Paris, I really enjoyed finding so much colour in the streets. 20140622_France_003520140622_France_0035

 

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20140622_France_003120140622_France_0031 20140622_France_003320140622_France_0033 I have to say that I found the people much friendlier  in the south of France than in Paris.

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20140622_France_003820140622_France_0038 Walking back to the hotel, we passed  through the park again.

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20140622_France_004020140622_France_0040 We drove to a suburb of Nice for our welcome dinner.  Before dinner I stopped to take a few photos of the water while there was still light.

20140622_France_004220140622_France_0042 Fish anyone?  I opted for some delicious pasta.  It was so good that I could have been in Italy.

20140622_France_004420140622_France_0044 An after dinner shot ended a perfect day and evening.

 


Comments

Sandy D(non-registered)
Oh, Marsha, those shots of Nice took me back. I was there Nov, 2013. I recognized several locations. In Nov there were no swimsuited bodies or umbrellas on the pebble beach. I LOVE your shots. What's next for you?
Hetty Preece(non-registered)
I too loved the little boy with his scooter in the water. Awesome pics!
Mary Ellen McQuay(non-registered)
Marsha, Some very special images in this group. The 3 images of the children in the 'soaking fountain' are atmospheric and create a mood of stillness, solitude and rare freedom for children in these days of vigilant parental watchfulness. Makes one want to be a kid again without a care in the world.The image of the two women in the cafe with the bulldog is excellent. Your choice of positioning the bulldog front and centre makes this image strong. Also the young girl with the baguette is good - the inclusion of the father and child holding hands in the top right corner of the image gives the image context and a sense of belonging, especially since the child has a look of uncertainty in her eyes. Well Done! Mary Ellen
Lynn Muller(non-registered)
Absolutely beautiful shots, Marsha! I especially enjoyed the clearness of the pic with the blue umbrella's! Nice is a beautiful place and you captured it very well.
Gretchen Taylor(non-registered)
Nice shots! Love all of the water park pictures...especially the kid with the scooter and the little girl's head "emerging" out of the mist. Black and white pictures are wonderful. Water park reflections are terrific! Good to see Stephanie and Lisa!
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