Things are warming up on the French Riviera. We moved a bit east of Saint-Tropez to some of the other resort cities.
Nice has a large, beautiful pedestrian plaza named Place Massena. It is, however, cut through with an electric train. (They can be quiet and sneak up on you!) The plaza has a beautiful fountain with a statue fittingly known as Fontaine Du Soleil, Fountain of the Sun.
The large naked Apollo was removed from the square for many years for “moral disruption” and just returned in 2007. We wondered why he wore a crown.
On a lovely spring day we saw fellow tourists, school groups, a bevy of middle-aged women artists sketching, and some buskers. One in particular impressed us: Aaron Lordson. He’s from Togo and sings in English with a rich, deep, beautiful voice, albeit a few unusual pronunciations. We’ve been listening to one of his CDs as we drive around.
We visited the modern art museum MAMAC (Musée d’Art Moderne et d’Art Contemporain), partly for the art inside (a separate post) and partly for the views.
On our way out of Nice we passed the Hotel Le Negresco, displaying a colorful piece of art by Niki de Saint Phalle.
We stopped for the evening in Cannes. The city is getting ready for the big film festival in May. Actually there is a digital festival underway already. No celebrity sightings…not live at least. We did see handprints, just like Hollywood. Angelina Jolie and Dennis Hopper have prime spots. We’re speculating that someone else was moved out to make room for Angelina. The prints are quite distinctive, showing individual personality.
Like the Academy Award has its Oscar statuette, the Cannes film competition has a highly desired prize, the Palme d’Or, the Golden Palm.
These areas will be hopping soon when the celebs hit the town. Some will stay in hotels…
and lots will stay on their private boats.
It’s easy to get carried away with the whole “Azur” idea. It’s such a lovely color. This was “la toilette” in our airbnb back in Grasse.