Once again, I've taken pictures like my life depends on it. I took 90!! But I weeded a lot of them out and have, insanely enough still, 52 to post. And again, I'm going to do it in the single column cause I'm just not willing to spend the time trying to get everything arranged just so. And, Chris - be amazed - I offered to take a picture of a couple today and his camera was an SLR or whatever you call it. Doing that made me realize that I'll always be a point and shoot gal. :)
So, let's get right to it. I pretty much slept like a log last night, had a friendly little breakfast visit with Chantal, then a lovely shower, and then out and about. My first destination was the tourist information office back down on the Promenade des Anglais that runs along the sea coast. I was fairly close to it on my walk yesterday but didn't know it. I picked up a very nice book all about what to do and see in Nice along with a map that I can feel free to mark up as much as I want to. And what a nice girl waited on me! I was walking down the street after I left and kept hearing "Madame, Madame" behind me. Finally turned around and there she came with my camera that I had left laying on the counter. As I keep telling the kids, I need a keeper!
So the first bunch of pictures will be of my walk to the Promenade...
And I kept walking through the park and kept taking pictures too, so here are some more.
HERE. And here's a couple shots up close to see some of the wonderful decoration.
This was the pretty fountain in the pool the dog enjoyed.
So that pretty much takes care of the park. Next I headed back through the lower section of Old Nice because I had decided that such a beautiful day was the perfect time to go up to Castle Hill. I'm still not real sure what Castle Hill is all about - I think there are several things going on there. It's called Castle Hill Park and it's the site of the first town founded by the ancient Greeks, and then the first medieval town. Some of the original foundations have been excavated so there's that, and the whole hilltop is one giant, gorgeous garden with incredible views of all of Nice and beyond, the remains of a former 11th century cathedral and the Bellonda Tower which was built during King Louis XIV's reign whenever that was. So I didn't worry too much abut all that - just enjoyed the incredible views, the lovely plantings, all the kids having fun, and a classical guitarist playing some really beautiful music. Here are the pictures and, really, I did weed out lots of them! The first several are getting to the hill. Oh, and by the way, there are steps going up but sad to say I opted to take the elevator (which apparently goes up inside the hill). I did walk down the stairs though.
I'm pretty sure this is the opera house, but I won't swear to it. And it turned out I was in time to see the street market that they have on this street apparently every day except for Monday when it's an antiques market. Today was beautiful flowers, fruits and vegetables, lots of olives and olive oil, spices, breads, fish(!), meats, etc. It must be wonderful to have something like this always available.
I just liked the pink and yellow together. And the next one is the side of the yellow building that stood all alone that I posted yesterday. I hadn't really paid attention to the bas relief over each window but all these have it also.
The first three pictures are of the only signage they had up there. Which looking at the "ruins" and I guess maybe some of the walls, I really couldn't equate it to the pictures, but that was okay.
That's about all the edification I can give you. But I can give you the link to another video. :) I decided after wanting to take a picture, move my camera an inch, take another picture and so on, that I should take a video so if you want to see that one, just click HERE. Not that it took away the need for posting photos!
These two above and below are where I sat eating an absolutely way too big ham, cheese and I think homemade mayo on a delicious French baguette. I had to bring half of it home with me but oh, my it was good. The man putting new stucco on that storefront sure was good at it and quite fast. And the picture below is of the tatoo and body piercing shop next to where he was working and I love the sign.
And I'm getting to bed way later than I should and I sure am warm!!