July 14th 2016

This year in Nice July 14th was different.

Many people, including children, were killed or injured by a man who drove his lorry deliberately into the crowds along the Promenade des Anglais where people were gathered following the firework display to celebrate the 14 July.

The man was eventually killed by the police.

The suffering and grief of those who were injured or lost their loved ones will continue.

Our hearts go out to all of them and to the people of Nice at this time.

 

 

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Jardin Alsace-Lorraine

When we were searching for the apartment we eventually bought we stayed in Nice on many occasions and in a large number of holiday rentals. On looking through the various descriptions we kept coming across the words “close to the Alsace-Lorraine Gardens” and we wondered what could be so special about these gardens. Eventually we went to have a look and discovered a friendly oasis on Boulevard Gambetta, which people who live nearby obviously love. There are plenty of benches but many of the locals bring their own folding chairs and book or newspaper to enjoy while they relax in the beautiful surroundings of the gardens.

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As most of the inhabitants of Nice live in flats and have little outside space the gardens provide a welcome place to meet up and chat with friends or have a rest in the middle of a shopping trip. Some bring their dog (there is a special doggy loo tucked away by one of the entrances) or take their children to the play area.

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le 14 juillet!

14 July! lots of celebrations in Nice including fireworks this evening. Take a look at the link below to find out more.

http://www.recreanice.fr/prom-party-feu-dartifice-14-juillet-nice-vacances-concerts

Have a great time!

La Nuit des Etoiles!

On 3rd August the anual event of La Nuit des Etoiles – or Astronomy Festival – is taking place in various venues across France. In Nice the location is the beautiful gardens of the Marc Chagall Musée from 6-11pm.

This is a free event and astronomers will be on hand to help you locate the planets and constellations. From 6pm you will be able to use the special protective telescopes to view the sun and, once the sun has set, astronomers will help you identify the planets and constellations. What an opportunity and in such a lovely setting!

Right now I’m in Brighton in the UK so please share your photos if you go to this lovely event!

 

Along the coast to Cros de Cagnes

Exploring along the coast from Nice is fun, you don’t need a car as public transport is easy and cheap.

Going west from Nice one of my favourite destinations is Cros de Cagnes as it combines a beach, lovely restaurants and pétanque all in one place! I usually go by bus (ligne d’azur 200) and get off at Les Oliviers as it’s a short walk from there down towards the sea and the promenade. Best of all this route takes you along Avenue Général Leclerc where you’ll be able to stop off to watch the locals playing pétanque on the terrain. You’ll find a game in progress most afternoons.

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You can get a train from Nice to Cros de Cagnes and take a slightly longer walk down the Avenue de la Station (closest bus stop Les Tritons) leading you to the lovely beach and Promenade de la Plage nearer to the little port.

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I’d love to hear what you think of Cros de Cagnes!

 

Clouds in la Promenade du Paillon

When I was in Nice recently I spent a lot of time wandering in the beautiful “coulée verte” which the Paillon has become.

It just makes you smile to be there and everyone, young and old, seems to be relaxed and enjoying the space. There are lots of fun things to experience, such as the clouds which suddenly arise from one of the paved areas in the grass…

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children and adults alike run into it and disappear for a moment!

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Nice 031I’d love to know if you’ve been there and what you thought of it!

 

 

the green river

Nice is well known for its excellent transport system. It’s easy and cheap to get around the city by bus or tram. Going east along the coast many people choose the bus as you have the benefit of the wonderful views of the sea and coastline. Travelling west the train can be the best option for speed, yet also travels close to the sea for quite a stretch.

The bus station (Gare Routière) was the best place to pick up the ligne d’azur buses which took passengers out of Nice. However in the middle of 2012 plans for the improvement of Nice’s centre began and the ugly but useful building was pulled down amidst much rubble and dust. What would come in its place?

Well take a look at this film on youtube and watch the history of the Paillon and the new and beautiful green space, la coulèe verte, which has appeared … the chaos and dust were well worth it as you will see