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From San Marino it took 4 trains and 2 buses to reach Nice on the Cote d'Azur - May 2010.


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france288Climb up to Colline du Chateau (or if you want it easy take the lift) for views of the beach - Nice



france274Just before the Cannes film festival the French coast was hit by storms. The beachside bar in the bottom right was destroyed. You can just make out a bulldozer next to it - Nice



france302Fishing rods on the pebbly beach at Nice














france270Nice beach and the Colline du Chateau














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france279The Mediterranean Sea from the top of the Tour Bellanda, on Colline du Chateau - Nice



france280You can see why it's called the blue coast (Cote d'Azur) - Nice



france237Properties on the Quai des Etats-Unis, overlooking the Mediterranean - Nice














france286You can see the whole of the old town from Colline des Chateau - Nice















france284An artificial waterfall on Colline du Chateau - Nice



france290The Vieux Port (Old Port) from the Colline du Chateau - Nice $600 Bonus


france292Vieux Port - Nice















france234Raising the French flag at the 'Monument aux Morts' to fallen war heroes - Nice



















france236The Monument aux Morts - Nice



france297Darkness begins to fall on Place Garibaldi, Nice



france303The narrow streets of Nice's old town - Nice




















france304I love the name of this Indian restaurant 'Delhi Belhi' - old town, Nice













france227Early morning sunshine in the old town - Nice



france240The Russian Orthodox Cathedral of St Nicolas - Nice



france242The onion domes of the Russian Orthodox Cathedral, Nice
















france244The main square in Nice is Place Massena















france243Place Massena covers a fairly large area - Nice



france247Archways in the gardens of Place Massena - Nice



france248Also in Place Massena are figures which are illuminated at night - Nice















france250They represent the continents of the world - Nice
















france250cI didn't notice them at all in the day but it's hard to miss them in the evening - Nice



france252Each figure changes colour after a few seconds - Nice


france257Place Massena, Nice
















france245aNext to Place Massena is the huge bronze arc in the Jardin Albert I - Nice














france258Back in the old town is the 17th century Sainte-Reparate Cathedral. In the same square is Fenocchios, selling great ice-cream - Nice



france263More streets of the old town - Nice



france268Just one street back from the beach is Place Pierre Gautier and Cours Saleya.
There's a market and lots of good bars and restaurants here - Nice















france305In my hotel's reception were a few papier-maché figures used in the Nice carnival - Nice



















france329A billboard poster near the train station - Cannes



france312Preparations were under way for the Cannes film festival - Cannes



france309At the beginning of May 2010 the beaches were off-limits due to a storm destroying the beachside bars and restaurants - Cannes














france307I think this is the Majestic Hotel, on Boulevard de la Croisette - Cannes















france315And this is where the Cannes Film Festival happens - the Palais des Festivals, Cannes



france318Walking along the La Pantiero pedestrian area - Cannes



france317One of the fancy hotels in Cannes















france320Lord Brougham Square, just off La Pantiero - Cannes















france321Part of a mural above Cannes bus station



france324Le Suquet is the old part of Cannes, rising above the Vieux Port. The 16th century church Notre Dame d'Esperance is on the right.



france327This former castle in Le Suquet is now home to the Musee de la Castre - Cannes













france328Great views of the port are afforded from Le Suquet - Cannes
















france314Vieux Port with Le Suquet forming the backdrop - Cannes



france336'Ici pas de pizza au caviar' - a stall shutter in Antibes














france337An Antibes bakery















france335A small square in the old town - Antibes



france333Antibes is another resort on the French Cote d'Azur



france332The Vieux Port of Antibes with Fort Carre in the background















france201I can't remember where in Paris this is but I like the sculpture. Tell me if you know.



france203A bateaux-mouche turns in the river Seine - Paris



france206Having a picnic on the banks of the Seine - Paris















france213The 324 metre Eiffel Tower - Paris



















france211Statues at the entrance to Pont Alexandre III, crossing the Seine - Paris



france218A window of the Notre Dame Cathedral on Ile de la Cité - Paris



france219A tree in bloom outside Notre Dame Cathedral, Paris















france221You hum it I'll play it - on the bridge linking Ile de la Cité to Ile St-Louis, Paris















france215Stalls selling art, antiques and second-hand books line the edge of the river Seine - Paris



france223Port de l'Arsenal marks the beginning of St Martin's Canal at its connection with the river Seine. The Place de la Bastille column is just visible in the distance - Paris



france224Local men playing pétanque, a form of boules - Paris















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