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Thursday, February 2, 2012

One day in Nice

Touring with railway from Cannes to Nice-Ville. Walking down to Promenade des Anglais, British have constructed this boulevard named after them. I pictured the famous hotel Negresco. Same classic style since 1913. Facade is being renovated. Looks like Nice is under construction at all. Construction works with high cranes everywhere, which tower above the houses like giraffes in the savanna. Maybe they accept working now intense with all the dust and noise to have finished when this city will welcome tourists in summer.
Then I found a building I remember from 2001. This building on the let's say beach boulevard now is a casino hotel. In 2001 there was only a facade.

I found the hotel we had holidays in May 2001. It is the Mercury hotel opposite the Notre Dame on Avenue Jean Medicin. It was more warm at that time ;-)

Great visit to old town between Boulevard Jean Jaures, Quai des Estats Unis Capeu and Colline du Chapeau. Small lanes with even smaller shops in there. And everywhere food. Brasserie, Crepes. Small boutiques offer T-shirts, shoes and bijou besides tourist smash like T-shirts "I love Nice". Although houses in this part of town are 4 floors high I don't think that there ever will be sunlight on the streets. I purchased a great tie, a tie that rocks me.

Here I can imagine Nice 200 years ago:
Fat women with aprons and frill decorated blouses carry braided baskets filled with fruits and bread. Banker, noble lords, peasants, beggars and sailors walk in the streets. Singsang and sometimes noise of quarrel from taverns. But late at night romantic glorification is removed by gloomy mood of diffuse violence. Dark lanes between poorly candle-lighted houses, sinister lonesome people with laterns and long knifes under their skirts sneak nearly soundless over the rounded bonebreaking pavingstones. Mediterrenean lifestyle in 19th century.
No fakers in the streets, the one with the coin- or ring-scheme ("Monsieur, is this yours?" and you should not take it).

Via Boulevard Jean Jaures, where a ferry wheel is, back to Avenue Jean Medicin. I do not remember how it was in 2001, but now it is a walking zone without cars and in the middle of the street the tramway goes. Left and right a lot of shops and shopping centers. Very sunny.