At the very far end of the Promenade des Anglais you’ll find this hotel, and just to the left is a staircase that leads to a wonderful platform where you can get a great look at the old city of Nice (Ville Vieux):
Here’s a plaque that describes the history a bit:
Continuing the series, I took these snaps in the sleepy French Provence town of L’Isle-sur-la-Sorge. I have no idea what they are! I assume they are remnants of a long-gone mill, but it is on my bucket list to one day return and find out!
Here is the first snap:
And here is the same strange thing, but from a different perspective:
Not exactly overflowing with people, which actually is a good thing because at the time of this writing, the Omicron variant of “Covid dixneuf” was exploding in France:
Continuing the series, this garbage receptacle located on the Promenade des Anglais is really a mixture of low-tech (opened by a foot pedal) and high-tech (a light shows whether or not the container is full):
Continuing the series, this is a completely different socca that I ordered in Nice,
It was firmer and less goupy than the first socca that I had, but I have to say: I much prefer the goopier and less firm socca, which I found to be much more flavourful.
Continuing the series, here is another snap but this one showing more of the city of Nice in the early morning sun,
Continuing the series, I am not knocking all these paddlewheels, don’t get me wrong. It’s just that it would be nice if they actually turned instead of just sitting there idly,
Continuing the series, here is another snap of that unusual fog phenomena,
Continuing the series, this is farcis niçois, a speciality in Nice,
It was essentially capsicum stuff with some type of meat. It tasted an awful lot like lamb, even though most of the recipes I’ve subsequently found online say that it is typically Italian sausage. And the meat was really chunky, which I would not expect from a sausage. So it is on my bucket list to return one day and find out more about the stuffing!
At the main market in Nice I spotted this stand,
I took this snap one morning late in December while in the Southern French city of Nice. I took the snap from a lookout high above the city that you need to climb. It was early in the morning, and there was only one person there – a man with a big fancy camera on a tripod.
As you can imagine, it blew my mind when I saw exactly my snap shown on 03. January on CNN in Switzerland! According to the caption shown on CNN, this is some type of fog phenomena that is very rare in Nice. Is it true? Is it not true? At any rate, it is clear that the man with the big camera on the tripod was either working for CNN or else sold his photograph to them!
Continuing the series, this statue of Alphonse Benoit (1809-1872) is not a trivial little adornment; no sirree, this is a monster obelisk that sits in a very prominent position in the sleepy French Provence town of L’Isle-sur-la-Sorgue:
Not only that, but this man has an entire school in L’Isle-sur-la-Sorgue named after him!
What did he do? Why is he so famous? Good question – I don’t know! The only reference to him that I could easily find was this one, and it doesn’t say very much.
Here’s part of a snap at the bottom of the obelisk:
Continuing the series, what really appeals to me in this snap are the plants, which are some of the most famous horticultural hallmarks of South France,
This is a snap showing the famous Promenade des anglais, a pedestrian area in the Southern French city of Nice that was sadly the place of a terror attack in 2016. As you can see, the Promenade is today fully protected with barriers that keep out unwanted vehicles.
I find it fascinating: the medieval villages and cities erected walls to keep bad things at bay – today, centuries later, we do the same! And centuries from now? Well, the Enterprise does have its shields!
Actually a color snap, even though it does look black and white. That lighthouse is the Phare de Nice,
Continuing the series, the sleepy French Provence village of L’Isle-sur-la-Sorgue is host to the largest antique market in France, every Sunday starting at 5 AM. Here’s a snap from the market:
Doesn’t look like a lot of people? At this time, no. It was 7 AM on Sunday, December 26th. But . . . about an hour later the market was absolutely full, and even the food vendors were selling pizza and sausages.
I like this snap, which I took just at the entrance to a famous Messéna square in the South French city of Nice,
Dating back to around 1912 as a gift from a Russian Tzar, this is a rather famous Russian church in the southern French city of Nice,
It’s pretty impressive, to be sure, but what’s even more impressive is that they’ve stolen an idea from Monte Python, and in fact this church is guarded by a troupe of vicious killer rabbits. I’ll show them in a forthcoming snap.
Continuing the series, this is a view from the back,
Continuing the series, it is literally no exaggeration when you hear that the sleepy French Provence town of L’Isle-sur-la-Sorgue has France’s largest antique market, on Sundays. I got there at around 7 AM on Sunday on a cold December, and already the market was more or less in full swing:
Continuing the series, this Roman arch dating from the first century adorns the end of a park in the sleepy French Provence village of Cavaillon,
Well, actually what I mean is Facade in Nice, although to be honest, it is anyway a very nice facade, whether in Nice or somewhere else:
You need to have good peepers, but those who have them will immediately spot there are no balconies of any kind on this building – everything you see here is just painted onto the surface.