Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Nice, France

I cannot begin to tell you how beautiful the French Rivera is! We spent a relaxing morning enjoying the waves of the Mediterranean Sea. The beach was entirely rock-round, smooth ones, but hard to walk on just the same with our tender feet. The locals, however, seemed to have no problem. The water was so many shades of blue and darkened as it went out to sea.

We spent the afternoon exploring St. Paul de Vence, a 14th century medieval villiage that was a favorite of the impressionist artists-Matisse, Renoir, Cezanne. Marc Chagall is burried there. Everywhere you looked in the interesting town there were breathtaking views of the Mediterranean, art embedded in the walls of the buildings, and tributes to various artists. The Village was named for St. Paul, who preached here in the church.

This was a neat statue of a horse made entirely of horseshoes!

A copy of Rodan's "The Thinker"
The bay here was named "The Bay of Angels" by Ernest Hemingway, who stayed in a castle overlooking the bay. Legend says he went to Cuba afterwards and wrote "The Old Man & The Sea". Is it true? I don't know, but it certainly is romantic to think it is!

The plane framed by the clouds reminds me that it will soon be time to leave Le Cote d'Azur for the amazing city of Avignon! And also that this journey is coming to an end. Thanks, once again, for coming along!

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