Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Le Chateau

With Le Chateau being close to where I am staying in Vieux Nice, I took another walk. This walk took me to The Israelite cemetery with some views overlooking Nice and a few sunsets. 

The images below are ceramic on one of the walls

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

A little off the beaten path-Cimiez

Cimiez is about. 35 minute walk from Centre Nice. You must be in good physical condition. An alternative is to take the bus from Centre Nice. Along the walk you will pass beautiful residences in the Belle Epoch architecture and some very nice views over the city. 
Cimiez is a very pleasant area with breathtaking views across Nice toward the sea.

Matisse Museum is located here and is devoted to Matisse's work. It is known to have one of the largest collections of his work. Open daily except Tuesday and the entry is free. 
The museum is surrounded by Olive Gardens.

On the grounds, is located the archeological museum and roman ruins. The roman ruins are from 3rd and 4th centuries BC and subsequently chosen by Augustus as the site for the Capital City of the ALPS Maritimes province.

About a 5 minute walk to the Franciscan monastery and Cimiez cemetery where Matisse is buried. The grounds contain a magnificent Rose Garden.

View over Nice walking toward Cimiez

A house along the walk

Roman Ruins

Franciscan Monastery

Friday, January 17, 2014

Beaulieu Sur Mer

The sun is shining brightly! The aqua blue water of the Mediterranean is sparkling. The day started with a trip to Cap Ferret however that is to wait for another day. I took the train to Beaulieu, a short. 15 minute ride from Nice. Decided to explore a bit before the walk to Cap Ferret. Two choices, go to Centre VIlle or choose the other trail and what a delight. Breathtaking views over the Mediterranean, private elegant Villas and cliffs. All the Villas have a view of the Mediterranean. There were a few bikers and a few cars but otherwise I was alone to enjoy! I walked the entire Moyenne Corniche. The walk was about 3 hours including the return to the VIlle for a delicious Caprese salad with Jambon. I continued to a paved pedestrian path along the water with tropical gardens.
I ended at Villa Keryles which according to the guidebooks is the main attraction before reaching Villa and Jardind Eohrusdi de Rothschild and Cap Ferret but will save for another day.

This is a stunning home and garden. 

Saturday, January 11, 2014

Vieux Nice

Nice is France' s fifth largest city's and United with France since 1860. I has it's own history and atmosphere with a stark contrast between the Promenade des Anglais and the narrow, ochre-tinted streets of the Old Town.

Many of NIce's delightful attractions are on or close to the waterfront. I am renting an apartment in OLd Town about a 5 minute walk from the waterfront and the Cours Selaya market. There are also restaurants, small grocery stores and everything you need within a short walk. 

Framed by the Chateau, the Old Town of NIce is the best place to capture the city's historic feeling. 
It is easy to get lost in the narrow streets. I began my walk at the Cours Selaya in the morning when the market is in full swing 

Today I was on a photographic adventure to capture the essence of Old Nice.