This was my first glimpse of Nice as we came in on an excursion with our cruise line. The plan was to do a sight seeing drive thru the city and then get off the bus and tour a french flower market on foot.
As we drove thru the city, I was surprised to see this Russian Orthodox Cathedral in the middle of Nice. Turns out, it was built in honor of a Russian Czar's son who died there.
The bus dropped us off on the boardwalk right next to the pebble beach of the French Riviera. I was imagining something a little more glamorous. I try not to have expectations about a place, but sometimes I can't help it.
Did you know that Thomas Jefferson has ties to France? He was minister to France from 1785-89.
Turns out we were late for the flower market, so they were already setting up for the evening outdoor dining. Our tour guide decided to do a walk around the old town for all those interested and we thought that sounded like a good idea.
The outdoor cafe was lovely with all the fresh seafood and adorable little dogs.
This area looked like the perfect place to spend the evening with friends, family, food and French wine.
Off we went to explore the old town with all of its beautiful buildings and history.
I have a fascination with old doors and Nice provided several. This one in the middle with the marker over it has been there since 1623. The owners initials, religion and the year are all marked in it.
We passed a few stores with their goodies on display, like these bath salts and colorful soaps. I could have stood there and smelled them for hours, picking just the right one.
Couldn't resist this picture of someones laundry hanging out to dry. When you live in the middle of these old cities, you must be prepared for all the tourists constantly wondering around. I guess you just get used to it and hang your laundry for everyone to see.
We didn't have long in Nice, France. But it was a "nice" day none the less. Sorry, couldn't resist.