Friday, May 09, 2014

Nice, Antibes etc......

We took two other day trips, besides going to St. Paul de Vence. On Tuesday, we went to Nice and Thursday, Antibes. Nice is the fifth largest city in France, so it is quite big with an impressive main street lined with lovely shops. At the bottom of this street is a wonderful square and beyond the square is the beach.

Small streets lead down to the old town and the famous market area bordered by delicious restaurants. Although the beach is more pebbles than sand, it is quite wide and very long, encompassing the entire arc of the bay, which is also edged with a wide promenade and a substantial city wall.

Unfortunately, it was overcast and windy, on the day we visited, so we didn't spend much time on the promenade. Once inside the city wall, though, it seemed warmer and we could sit outside for drinks and snacks.

Some people really love Nice!! I think that I have to go back on a sunny day!!

Antibes is much smaller with a really pretty old town, a large marina and a good beach. It is much quieter than Cannes, with elevated walkways along the ramparts of the stone walls and lots of narrow, winding streets.

The predominant language is British, though, with several "pubs" for those tourists, who may be feeling a little homesick! In Cannes, the language you hear most often is French.

Above is a church in Antibes painted in the colours of the Mediterranean. It will be difficult to leave!!

Have a colourful day!!

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