20 Years From Now...

"20 YEARS FROM NOW," Mark Twain said, “you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than the ones you did.”THIS online journal is dedicated to our next 20 years!

Sunday, 7 February 2016

Old Nice

Most of the clay rooftops visible in the header photograph above are part of the old town proper and this section of Nice is a must see for anyone visiting the area. The wonderful thing is it's not just a tourist destination all dolled up like a Disney set. It's home sweet home for a great many Nicois.

There is always something new to discover in this vibrant community and as it is just a stone's throw from our port side apartment we count ourselves fortunate to be able to return whenever the mood strikes. 

Some of the streets are wide enough to accommodate vehicles and most allow motorcycle access. Thankfully, most drivers are considerate of pedestrians and rarely spoil the mood of this magical place.

Narrow alleyways wind and curve, going up and down hill in a maze like fashion. At the beginning we made sure to carry a map with us (see middle photo below), but now we can pretty much find our way.

Because this is an actual community and has been for hundreds of years everything one could ever need or want can be found a few yards from one's doorstep. Below are just a few of what's on offer...

Fish Monger
Spices & Salt
The round loaf is our current favourite!
Leather goods
Lavender & Handmade Soaps
More soaps
Jackets and Coats
Hair salon with a great little 'waiting room'
Takeaway Snacks
Candied Fruits
Designer Clothing
Original art work 

Toys & Knicknacks 
Art Gallery
Paperweights & Lamps
Middle Eastern Desserts & Delicacies
Boots & Shoes
We also spotted numerous antique, furniture and perfume shops as well as a pharmacy, real estate office, cinema and other essential services. 

It's a safe guess to mention there are so many cafes, bistros and restaurants in old town that even after visiting a different one every day for the next three months there would still be many more to try. The possibilities really are endless!

The next post will focus on the daily flower market, the Saturday morning farmer's market as well as the spiritual side of old town. As they say here in France, "bonne journee" - "have a good day!"

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