Monday, May 9, 2011

Promenade des Anglais, Nice

This wide, palm-lined pathway runs along the Mediterranean for several miles 
between inviting Nice beaches  and a busy boulevard.
Turn one way and you see a hypnotic expanse of blue sea,
turn the other and you are dazzled by the bright lights of a large city.

Beginning in the late eighteenth century, many members of the British upper classes began to spend their winters in Nice, drawn by the pleasant climate and beautiful beaches.
The original Promenade des Anglais was financed by Lewis Way, an English minister.
Completed in the 1820s, the palm-fringed Promenade des Anglais provided the perfect path
for a leisurely stroll along the Mediterranean.
Before long this quiet walkway was dotted with hotels and apartments.

Pictures were taken on May 7, 2011

Hotel Negresco

Hotel Negresco is one of the oldest and most revered historic hotels in France.
Hotel Negresco edges Baie des Anges (Bay of Angels) in Nice and was constructed in 1912.
Today, it is not only one of the most famous Nice hotels, but also an important historical landmark.
Often described as a living museum, it is perhaps one of the most interesting of all historical buildings in Nice. It is filled with everything from Renaissance paintings to modern works of art,
exhibiting owner Jeanne Augier's great love the art world.

Bikini: Victoria's Secret

Like many other French Riviera beaches,
the Nice beaches are covered with galets, hard round marble-like pebbles.
The rocks have been worn smooth by the sea, but I wished I brought some padded mat. 

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