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An excursion to Nice

We took the train to Nice for an excursion – just a 15 minute ride from Villefranche. From the train station we walked south to the Place Massena – the jewel of Nice.IMG_20141022_112122

Built in the 1840’s, the north side of the square has elegant arcaded buildings that are painted with the famous Pompeian red and to the east there is a splendid view of the Tuscan-like hills. The square was renovated in 2007, along with the installation of the tramway, and a 7m white marble statue of Apollo now dominates the famous fountain.

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Overlooking the plaza are seven statues devised by the Spanish artist Jaume Plensa and titled “Conversation in Nice” representing the seven continents.

 

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In addition, there are beautiful gardens and a fun water vapour park – ideal for cooling off on a hot day (it was 24c on October 22).

 

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In Vieux Nice, we wandered through the colourful Cours Saleya marketplace and had lunch in the marketplace.

 

 

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After lunch, we strolled along the famous seaside Promenade des Anglais enjoying the sun and the incredibly blue sea of the Baie des Anges.

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