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Nice  and Cote d'Azur 1

Nice is a highlight of the Cote d'Azur with its Alps-to-Mediterranean vistas, seafront promenade and interesting museums. We made it our hub for visits to other areas of the French Riviera.



The view from Castle Hill highlights Nice's location on the Baie des Anges and shows the Italian influence on its architecture.

The Place Massena is a grand central square uniting the old town and modern Nice. It is a main centre for events and festivals.



The French Riviera beach is pebbly, but has attracted European sun-seekers for decades.

We stayed at a hostel in a restored monastery. This was the view from our window.



Place Rosetti in  the heart of the Old Town is enclosed and pedestrianised,  with the cathédrale Sainte-Réparate and the fountain in the centre, and filled with buskers and gelato stands.

Laundry hangs from the balconies of the typical pink, cream and yellow ochre buildings lining the streets.




 When Marc Chagall lived in Vence, near Nice, he donated his works to a custom-built museum.


Several other art galleries including The Matisse Museum, the Picasso Museum and the Renoir Museum are imporant art sights in the Riviera.



The Promenade des Anglais was built in 1822 for British aristocrats to walk along the Nice waterfront. It is lined with belle epoque hotels and Victorian gardens.

The Promenade is a gathering place for dancers and performers of all kinds.


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