Today we hit Nice. The Place de Massena is a must see, looked over from one side by Apollo on the Fontaine de Soleil. His statue was removed fairly recently in case it caused ‘moral disruption’ but was daringly reinstated in 2007.
But, to begin at the beginning, we left Mavis at about 10 am, having done the washing the night before.
We cycled 10 miles along the seafront cycle path which meets the impressive Promenade des Anglais just outside Nice. The promenade is a lovely seafront walk/ride/rollerblade etc track.
The promenade is to the right of the bike track.
You cycle in past impressive architecture on your left and the sea on your right.
We locked the bikes to a lamppost close to the Municipal theatre and set off on foot to explore.
The Place de Massena sits between old and new Nice and is flanked by water features alternating between fountain displays and the creation of clouds of water vapour.
When the fountains stop the terraces become water mirrors.
From time to time smart trams criss cross the square.
The town council has thoughtfully provided bird perches, dotted about the square.
Stately old buildings, all clean and shiny, abound.
After lunch overlooking the gardens extending away from Place de Massena, we walked through old Nice to this square by the cathedral where we refuelled with ice cream, for the journey home.
Tomorrow we leave the Côte d’Azur and will head inland for a change of scenery.