Nice, France, French Riveria Photos
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Nice is the fifth most populous city in France, after Paris, Marseille, Lyon and Toulouse, and it is the capital of the Alpes Maritimes department. The city’s original site, the Castle Hill once boasted a reputedly impregnable citadel that was entirely dismantled by the soldiers of the French King Louis XIV in 1706. It offers a wonderful viewpoint over Baie des Anges, Old Nice and the Port
Promenade des Anglais
The Promenade des Anglais is a long seaside walkway that stretches along the Mediterranean coast in Nice. The length is about 5 miles. The British Community funded part of the promenade which explains the name. Built in the 1830s, visitors to Nice can enjoy a leisurely walk along the Baie des Anges and enjoy sun bathers, yachts, hotels and casinos , some of which have art deco styles.
One prominent hotel pictured at night is Hotel Le Negresco which is located at 37 Promenade des Anglais in Nice. Built on the famous Baie des Anges in 1912 by the Romanian Niermans Henri Negresco, this palace of the Belle Epoque palace houses collections retracing five centuries of art history. The 121 rooms and 24 suites each have their own decoration. The styles of the most brilliant periods of French art are represented from Louis XIII to modern art.
Images of two Casinos are included in this gallery.
Ruhl Casino Barrière de Nice has two halls of slot machines, a sumptuous lounge table games and the largest poker room in the region.
Casino Of The Palace Of The Mediterranean features an exterior art deco design. This historic monument was in operation during the roaring twenties. The facility includes a theater that seats approximately 1000.
A number of beaches are found along the Promenade. Le Castel is a beautiful private beach that also has a restaurant. At night, the view is amazing and you can enjoy a delicious Provencal cuisine.
Blue Beach includes Water games such as a small slide and float for fun. Volleyball and ping-pong are also featured. This beach also includes a restaurant.
Just behind the promenade is the Vieille Ville (Old Town), the historic part of Nice. This part of the city feels like a medieval village with narrow streets curving between old buildings with red-tile roofs, small restaurants and open-markets.
A top of Castle Hill, one can visit two cemmetaries. Cimetière du Château boasts 2800 graves, where some of Nice’s finest sons and daughters find eternal peace: Louis Feuillade, Emil Jellinek-Mercedes, Gaston Leroux, Carolina Otero, Renée Saint-Cyr and many others. The graveyard was founded in 1783. Next to it, is a Jewish Cemmetery, Cimetiere Israelite which includes a Holocaust Memorial.
Castle Hill offers excellent views of Lympia Port and areas just north of the city. Nice-Ville franche port is the first port of Mediterranean cruises. It is located at the foot of buildings which date to the eighteenth century featuring Genoese architecture. Just north of the port, one can view English Castle. This building is featured in this gallery and has a very distinctive pink color and a castle like appearence. Its construction began in 1856 , when the purchase of a plot of 22,000 m 2, by Robert Smith (1787-1873), colonel of the English genius in India. It was built in three years and was inspired by the eclectic architecture of the Red Fort of Delhi that Colonel Smith had restored. After World War II , the castle was converted into condominiums . The botanical garden is a historical monument. Next to the Castle lie other large villas with unusual appearences. One is featured in this gallery that has a wedding cake like structure.
Useful Nice, France and French Riveria websites:
Nice Tourism Office
Côte d'Azur Tourism Web site