The summer holiday 2002 went to Le Lavandou, South of France. A beautiful area with sun, lavander and cicadas. Le Lavandou is located at the foot of the Massif des Maures in the Var Var area of Côte d´Azur, in the heart of the Mediterranean coastal region of the south of France. Over 12 km coastline with long, sandy beaches with small, wild inlets, coastal pathway between some of the 12 beaches:
The summer of ’99 we drove 2000 km south, to the capital of the Riviera, Nice.
With a population around 400.000, makes
Nice the fifth largest town in France.
Nice has many pleasant places for walks.
The most famous is the palm-lined, Promenade des Anglais, that follows the beachfront from the city centre to the airport, six km to the west, provides a fine stage for a stroll along the beach.
The promenade was established by Nice’s English colony in 1822 as a shoreside walking path.
Other walks include: Jardin Albert 1er, Espace Masséna, a public square enlivened by fountains. Place Masséna whose early 19th-century, neoclassical arcaded buildings are painted in various shades of ochre and red. Ave Jean Médecin, Nice’s main commercial street.
Viex Nice is an area of narrow, winding streets between Blvd Jean Jaurès, Quai des Ètats-Unis and to the east – the hill known as Le Château.
Located at the north-eastern tip of
Viex Nice is the arcade-lined Place Garibaldi is named after Giuseppe Garibaldi, one of the heroes of Italian unification, who was born in Nice, was
built in the end of the 18th century.
Interesting churches in Vieux Nice
include Chathédrale Saine Réparate,
Elise Saint Jacques le Majeur,
Chapelle de la Miséricorde.
At Cours Saleya there is a Flower market 6.00-17.30 except Monday and Sunday afternoon, and an Antique
and Flea market Monday from 7.30-18.00, except on public holidays.
On top of the 92-metre-high hill, at the eastern end of Quai des États-Unis, is the shady public park, Parc Château. It’s a great place to escape the heat on a summer afternoon.
The beach in Nice is covered with smooth little rocks. Private and public sections alternate. At the private beaches you can rent chairs, beach umbrellas and mattress. They also offer showers and changing rooms. Along the beach you can hire paddleboats, jetskis, take a parachute ride, go waterskiing or parasailing.
Museums in Nice:
Musée d’Art et d’Histoire History of Nice and its surroundings from the 6th to the 19th century: Religious art, weapons, jewellery…
Musée des Beaux-Arts Large collection of Italian painting 17th and 18th C. along with 19th C. Impressionist and Romantic works: Degas, Boudin, Sisley…
Musée d’Art moderne
et d’Art Contemporain More than 100 works of European and American avant-garde art, from the sixties to the present.
Musée Matisse In a17th C., Genoese-style villa, the personal collection of the artist who lived in Nice 1917-1954: paintings, drawings and engravings.