Nice: not only the sea azure ...

France
Summer. Nice. Cote d'Azur. These words are already beginning to emerge in the imagination of the foaming waves sky blue, bright sun, beach, warm breeze, airplanes and utter bliss.

But Nice is interesting not only by sea, which is soooo hard to break away, but its attractions. I can not say that I learned, came a city completely, there is still a decent unvisited, but previously planned locations. Yes, yes, for the reason that the sea is almost impossible to break away :) But here I definitely will be back! And today, I suggest a walk in the streets of Nice.
The city's main square - the Place Massena. In the southern part of the Sun is the fountain. At its center is a seven-meter marble Apollo. Surprisingly, in 1970. statue out of here, was considered too obscene, but in 2011. it was returned back.
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At the head of Apollo, set the whole chariot.
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Surrounded by his bronze statues representing the main deities of classical mythology: Earth, Mars, Venus, Mercury and Saturn.
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Massena appeared in 1820-1830h years. It received its name in honor of a native of Nice, Marshal Andre Massena, which occurred under the leadership of the occupation of Nice, France in 1792.
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In 2007. in the square there were elements of contemporary art, which gave her a certain cockiness. Seven poles are installed (or rather, seated) rubber men, the installation is called "Conversation in Nice".
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The author is a Catalan sculptor Jaume Plensa, which interprets the data pieces as a symbol of the seven continents of the Earth. Particularly impressive and even somehow alien, they look in the evening with illumination.
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Near the area of Massena is a beautiful garden of Albert I, which appeared in 1892. It is named in honor of Belgian King Albert I, who showed heroism in the fight against the Germans during the First World War.
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One of the main attractions of the garden is the Arch Venet. It is a decent size - 19m, as a six-storey house.! In fact, no this is not the arch, and the arch, repeating shape of the coastline along the Côte d'Azur in Nice. And its name "Arc 115 ° 5 de Venet" is due to the description of the coastline itself the equation of the ellipse, the length of the coast of the arc corresponds to a given value in degrees.
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Garden Albert I is located at 2-16 Avenue de Verdun. You can get there by bus: №52,59,70,94, before reaching the stop Albert 1er.
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Century monument dedicated to the centennial anniversary of the voluntary accession of Nice to France in 1793., Established in 1896.
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Fountain, near which is so cool freshen summer day and just sit and read a book like this woman.
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Dove abruptly :)
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Interesting mosaic on the garden fence.
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Speaking of buses. In Cannes you not want to? We are in this time of Nice went for one day in Monaco, but next time I will punish the opposite side of the coast up to Marseilles, very much I liked it here!
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Nice City buses are very comfortable, run frequently, all air-conditioned. There is also a night routes, which is very convenient.
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For lovers hop on hop off buses, they are also available. Nice copy of caught in the collection :)
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From seen on the streets. Some vintage cars driven.
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Retro Citroen azure, how it fits into the local scenery.
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And even more in the area fit Lamborghini and other pricey cars. Although, frankly, in their rather nice even a little, so warming up. Here in Monaco, they pass by all the time. And you know, accustomed eye. Surprisingly, for example, the Lexus and Infinity, after his return from this trip is not perceived as cool cars! :))))
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Next to the famous "Negresco" (Le Negresco) is Massena Museum.
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The villa was built in 1901. commissioned by Victor d'Esslina, grandson of the legendary marshal in Napoleon's army Andre Massena. Originally it housed the winter residence of the prince. After the death of Victor Villa was inherited by his son, Andrew, who in 1919. I gave it to the city with one condition: the building should become a public museum.
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In 1921. the museum opened its doors to the first visitors. Everybody can see an extensive collection of paintings, weapons, uniforms, furniture, porcelain XI-HIHvv., Napoleon's personal belongings I, the family belongings and documents Massena, etc. The museum is open daily, except Tuesdays, from 10 am to 6 pm.
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But the hotel itself with over a century of history, business card, and a symbol of Nice - Le Negresco! Opened it in 1913.
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Metal frame "Negresco" pink dome was forged in the workshop of Gustave Eiffel, and, according to legend, it served as a model for the bust of his beloved.
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The hotel is really luxurious, and guests stayed in it and continue to do so relevant. For example, at one time there were resting Coco Chanel, Ernest Hemingway, Marlene Dietrich, Pablo Picasso, Salvador Dali, the Duke and Duchess of Windsor, Michael Jackson, Catherine Deneuve, Charles Aznavour, Yves Montand, Gina Lollobrigida and others.
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Funny external decor of the hotel. Inside, I, unfortunately, have not been. But whether there will be :))) And see there clearly is something to. Under the dome, for example, installed four-meter chandelier made in French glassworks Baccarat. It would seem, and so what? A chandelier of such manufactured two - one for the Emperor Nicholas II, who placed it in the Grand Kremlin Palace, and the second for Henri Negresco. Not bad, huh?
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Yet Nice Nice is not without trees ..
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... and the azure sea. As it was cool to look at the Côte d'Azur from the window of an airplane, it is one of the best views from the window as long as I have!
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Nice is wonderful! She got me to fall in love, I want to come back, I want to see the other cities of Côte d'Azur. This is a place that relaxes and inspires.