After Paris, we flew to Nice where we spent 4 days exploring the beautiful French Riviera.
In Nice we walked along the Promenade Des Englais, a car and pedestrian through-way along the beaches of Nice, with hotels on one side and the Mediterranean on the other. We walked around the main square called Place Massena, which separates the old and new town. Walking east along the Promenade, we reach Castle Hill, with its World War I memorial honoring some 4000 people of Nice who died fighting. From the top of Castle Hill, we get stunning views of Nice and the surrounding area, and we can see the remnants of the former chateau that once stood there in the 12th century. We visit the beautiful Russian Orthodox church, which was unfortunately closed for renovation when we were there, and we visit the 17th century Cathedral of Saint Reparate. Finally we explore several museums, including Musee Matisse devoted to the works of Matisse, and Musee Marc Chagall devoted to Chagall’s 17 Biblical Messages works from the 1960s.
While in Nice, we drive along the coast to the picturesque hill town of Eze perched 427 meters above the Mediterranean. Eze was first populated by Phoenicians in 2000 BC. Today Eze is home to the Fragonard Parfumerie, the 18th century Church of Our Lady of the Assumption, the 14th century Chapel of Saint Croix, and a cactus and succulents garden on the very top of the hill.
Another drive along the French Riviera we reach Antibes where we visit the 14th century Notre Dame de la Garoupe that has served as the local fisherman’s church for centuries. Across the street on this tiny hill top is the lighthouse, one of France’s most powerful lights and was originally built in 1837.
Then it’s on to Cannes, home of the international film festival, and playground of the rich and famous. We stroll along the beach front admiring the hotels and watching all the people. When we visited there was a big yachting convention in the port.