Tag Archives: Nice

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.




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




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).




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





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