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Nice, Old town-7/31/2018

Antibes is a small town situated between Nice and Cannes. From around the middle of the 19th century the Antibes area regained its popularity, as wealthy people from around Europe discovered its natural environment and built luxurious homes there.  The harbor was again used for a "considerable" fishing industry and the area exported dried fruit, salt fish, and oil.

By the First World War, it had been connected by rail with Nice and most of its fortifications had been demolished to make way for new residential districts.

We are now at the border of the old town, on the other side of the street is Place Massena

 

This really cute- Little fun train transporting tourists.

 

 

We are now on the Palace of Justice Square.  The square got its name from the Palais de Justice (Law courts) see below.

 

 

 

 

The Palais de la Justice has a neoclassical architecture.  Not sure if you can in or not but it is well maintained.

 

We are now on Cours Saleva which is still in the middle of the old town.

 

Lots of people in this area.

 

We are now walking to the beach: promenade des Anglais

 

 

 

We are in the middle of a heat wave and the temperature is extremely even in the shade so I cannot see how people can sunbath.

 

We stopped by this restaurants next to the beach for ice cream.

 

Refreshment and ice cream but I was so so hot.

 

It so hot even under the shade.

 

From the restaurants you can also pay for a bench to lay around...

Lots of people for sure!

 

Neuf lignes obliques (Nine Oblique Lines) is a monument by French artist Bernar Venet. It was installed in 2010 in front of the promenade des Anglais to celebrate  the 150th anniversary of the annexation of the County of Nice by France. The sculpture is made of nine lines made of steel, 30m high which join at the top.

 

We are walking toward Place Massena, Niceís main square. Itís a short stroll from the Promenade des Anglais to the square.

 

Place Massena is a large plaza situated between the old and new town and it is lined with shops and restaurants.

The tramway runs trough the center of the plaza but otherwise it is for pedestrian only.

Galleries Lafayette (equivalent of Macy's in the U.S.) has a huge store there.

 

Tall poles along the tramline hold up statues of kneeling men, who represent the seven continents. A modern art installation by Catalan artist Jaume Plensa is most eye-catching at night, when the seven statues are lit up in bright colors.

 

The old buildings surrounding the square have all been painted red with blue shutters, which are typical of the area. Large stone archways lead to shops and restaurants.

 

There are 2 fountains in the square and this one is on the corner of the square depicting several stories in Greek mythology, with a 22-footstatue of Apollo at the center.

 

 

Promenade du Paillon is a large Urban park containing the famous Miroir D'eau (Mirror of water) which is a 3000m≤ paved section dotted with water jets; sometimes they puff out a gentle cooling mist that is pure relief on a hot day, sometimes they shoot fountains of water high into the air.

The water can switch at a momentís notice, sometimes huge jets will be flying out and children love running in and out of the jets and shrieking with laughter every time they change When the jets are off, the whole area is covered by a fine mist of water Ė a quite magical and enticing scene!

Very fun, especially for the kids.

 

Next... Dinner at Sardines

 

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