Le Miroir d'Eau by boxplayer

Le Miroir d'Eau

Rather aptly, this fountain (caught momentarily while the fountain jets were off) in the Promenade du Paillon is called the Mirror of Water.

We meant to get up early to go swimming on the beach but it was so nice to have a quiet night's sleep with no mopeds or bottle banks, so we lay in a bit.

The only thing I didn't like about the apartment was the electric toilet - brought back horrible memories of an overflowing one we encountered in a Brightlingsea B&B and I was neurotically careful about it the 2 nights we were there. We made a picnic breakfast in the kitchenette of bread, tomatoes, cheese and fruit, plus Lipton's tea of course.

Meandered down to the promenade via side streets. Lots of fantastic art deco and art nouveau facades, mainly residential flats. On the Avenue de Verdun we found all the luxury shops - I never knew Rolex and Cartier watches actually cost THAT MUCH. Jesus.

Arrived at the Parc Albert I to start our walking itinerary but unfortunately it was closed for preparations for the evening festivities. A bank holiday today because of the Assumption of Mary.
So lots of the small local shops were also closed.

We walked around to the Place Massena and the Promenade du Paillon on the other side to start the itinerary there. The walk listed various interesting monuments and also remarkable trees. There were lovely spurting fountains where children and adults were cavorting merrily.

Saw gingkos, eucalyptus, some interesting pines and some southern desert type trees we'd never heard of including one with ferocious thorns all up the trunk. There was also a great playground with a sea creatures theme - with swings, slides, roundabouts in the shape of stingrays, dolphins, octopuses etc.

Eventually ended up in the old town (old Nice before they built the newer fancier mansions in the 19th century to house people outside the insalubrious old city) to find lunch. It was all very picturesque narrow old streets but also very busy with people. All the restaurants seemed to be concentrated in the main tourist streets and though we walked up to get away from these, we couldn't find anything apart from a couple of closed places.

I was getting increasingly fractious, until we finally came into Place Rossetti by the Cathedrale Sainte-Reparate and found Le Romarin. Had a nice roomy terrace, a friendly waitress and a good value menu. I went for pissaladiere and mixed salad - very nice with an Aperol spritz and a bit of Dave's rose wine, Dave had moules frites.

Looked inside the cathedral, a very Catholic bling church with lots of gold and painted ceilings. Found a gelateria round the corner, Gelateria Azzuro. Dave had a cone with rose and lavender flavours (they made him taste it first as its very sweet) and I had a cup with lime and raspberry. Nice tourist shops around here too and we bought place mats. A woman next door embroidered my name rather prettily on a bit of card to try and entice me to buy a personalised apron or oven glove.

Starting to walk up the hill towards the castle, we found hipster chap shop Mister Canne where Dave admired espadrilles and Coat d'Azur with lots of handmade hats, bags and coats. I was suitably tempted and bought a winter hat.

We winded our way up steep roads to Castle Hill, site of the old 12th century castle and the original site of Nice. The paths continued winding up and we started getting great views over Nice, its port and the sea.

At the top, there was a nice big park with playgrounds, cafés, some ruins and more viewpoints. Right at the top the big view spread out over the bay and the promenade with a cascading fountain below it.

We stopped for juice and beer at one of the cafés, then walked down loads of steps to the promenade. Found Castell plage for a swim as the sun started setting. The beach was even more stony than yesterday's with a big dipping incline into the sea and we wished we'd bought those swim shoes. I went in first again. Very lovely but I had to come out on all fours because of the incline then Dave went in and he had to do the same.

We sunbathed drying off then went to look for food in the street we'd seen yesterday. Rina's that we'd quite liked the look of was rather pricey so we walked back to Le Tono. This was shut so walked back and had a buckwheat galette in a Breton creperie, Fleur Cafe, with cider and beer. Tuna and olives for me, salmon for Dave.

Rather oddly in this busy street, the restaurant next door had no one sitting outside - perhaps people were scared off with the proprietor hanging around outside trying to entice people in.

Walked to the Miroir d'Eau which was all lit up in blue and red and spouting jets of water in time to popular music. Some people were getting heavily into it dancing in the water - all very entertaining.
The Plensa statues looked lovely all lit up and changing colour.

Walked back to the apartment, stopping by Confiserie Mimosa which we'd seen the day before to buy chocolate raspberry almond things and candied peel for work and some chocolate shapes for J.

Got back and finished off the bottle of wine we'd opened yesterday while getting ready for bed.

Castel plage https://365project.org/boxplayer/extras/2017-08-15

15 August 2017
Nice, France
August 23rd, 2017  
Stunning! Fav!
August 23rd, 2017  
What a fantastic reflection! Great shot.
August 23rd, 2017  
Looks a great holiday, lovely photos!
August 23rd, 2017  
That looks fab.....
August 23rd, 2017  
great capture
August 24th, 2017  
that is pretty cool
August 24th, 2017  
Fantastic reflections.
September 2nd, 2017  
@busylady @cutekitty @ahleena @june thanks for the faves!
September 7th, 2017  
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