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Location - Western Europe; Capital - Paris; Population - 65 million; Currency - Euro MORE FRANCE

From San Marino it took 4 trains and 2 buses to reach Nice on the Cote d'Azur - May 2010.

 

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france288Climb up to Colline du Chateau (or if you want it easy take the lift) for views of the beach - Nice

 

 

france274Just before the Cannes film festival the French coast was hit by storms. The beachside bar in the bottom right was destroyed. You can just make out a bulldozer next to it - Nice

 

 

france302Fishing rods on the pebbly beach at Nice

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

france270Nice beach and the Colline du Chateau

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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france279The Mediterranean Sea from the top of the Tour Bellanda, on Colline du Chateau - Nice

 

 

france280You can see why it's called the blue coast (Cote d'Azur) - Nice

 

 

france237Properties on the Quai des Etats-Unis, overlooking the Mediterranean - Nice

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

france286You can see the whole of the old town from Colline des Chateau - Nice

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

france284An artificial waterfall on Colline du Chateau - Nice

 

 

france290The Vieux Port (Old Port) from the Colline du Chateau - Nice

 

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france292Vieux Port - Nice

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

france234Raising the French flag at the 'Monument aux Morts' to fallen war heroes - Nice

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

france236The Monument aux Morts - Nice

 

 

france297Darkness begins to fall on Place Garibaldi, Nice

 

 

france303The narrow streets of Nice's old town - Nice

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

france304I love the name of this Indian restaurant 'Delhi Belhi' - old town, Nice

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

france227Early morning sunshine in the old town - Nice

 

 

france240The Russian Orthodox Cathedral of St Nicolas - Nice

 

 

france242The onion domes of the Russian Orthodox Cathedral, Nice

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

france244The main square in Nice is Place Massena

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

france243Place Massena covers a fairly large area - Nice

 

 

france247Archways in the gardens of Place Massena - Nice

 

 

france248Also in Place Massena are figures which are illuminated at night - Nice

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

france250They represent the continents of the world - Nice

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

france250cI didn't notice them at all in the day but it's hard to miss them in the evening - Nice

 

 

france252Each figure changes colour after a few seconds - Nice

 

france257Place Massena, Nice

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

france245aNext to Place Massena is the huge bronze arc in the Jardin Albert I - Nice

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

france258Back in the old town is the 17th century Sainte-Reparate Cathedral. In the same square is Fenocchios, selling great ice-cream - Nice

 

 

france263More streets of the old town - Nice

 

 

france268Just one street back from the beach is Place Pierre Gautier and Cours Saleya.
There's a market and lots of good bars and restaurants here - Nice

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

france305In my hotel's reception were a few papier-maché figures used in the Nice carnival - Nice

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

france329A billboard poster near the train station - Cannes

 

 

france312Preparations were under way for the Cannes film festival - Cannes

 

 

france309At the beginning of May 2010 the beaches were off-limits due to a storm destroying the beachside bars and restaurants - Cannes

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

france307I think this is the Majestic Hotel, on Boulevard de la Croisette - Cannes

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

france315And this is where the Cannes Film Festival happens - the Palais des Festivals, Cannes

 

 

france318Walking along the La Pantiero pedestrian area - Cannes

 

 

france317One of the fancy hotels in Cannes

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

france320Lord Brougham Square, just off La Pantiero - Cannes

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

france321Part of a mural above Cannes bus station

 

 

france324Le Suquet is the old part of Cannes, rising above the Vieux Port. The 16th century church Notre Dame d'Esperance is on the right.

 

 

france327This former castle in Le Suquet is now home to the Musee de la Castre - Cannes

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

france328Great views of the port are afforded from Le Suquet - Cannes

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

france314Vieux Port with Le Suquet forming the backdrop - Cannes

 

 

france336'Ici pas de pizza au caviar' - a stall shutter in Antibes

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

france337An Antibes bakery

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

france335A small square in the old town - Antibes

 

 

france333Antibes is another resort on the French Cote d'Azur

 

 

france332The Vieux Port of Antibes with Fort Carre in the background

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

france201I can't remember where in Paris this is but I like the sculpture. Tell me if you know.

 

 

france203A bateaux-mouche turns in the river Seine - Paris

 

 

france206Having a picnic on the banks of the Seine - Paris

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

france213The 324 metre Eiffel Tower - Paris

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

france211Statues at the entrance to Pont Alexandre III, crossing the Seine - Paris

 

 

france218A window of the Notre Dame Cathedral on Ile de la Cité - Paris

 

 

france219A tree in bloom outside Notre Dame Cathedral, Paris

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

france221You hum it I'll play it - on the bridge linking Ile de la Cité to Ile St-Louis, Paris

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

france215Stalls selling art, antiques and second-hand books line the edge of the river Seine - Paris

 

 

france223Port de l'Arsenal marks the beginning of St Martin's Canal at its connection with the river Seine. The Place de la Bastille column is just visible in the distance - Paris

 

 

france224Local men playing pétanque, a form of boules - Paris

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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LINKS

http://uk.franceguide.com - French tourist office

www.francemonthly.com

www.eurostar.com - Eurostar train from London to Paris, Brussels and more

www.ratp.info - public transport in Paris

www.voyages-sncf.com

 

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