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hanging out in nice on the côte d’azure

Returning to southern France and to Antibes each year means repetition repetition repetition. I am only absent for a few months, but, as soon as possible, I want to recheck the neighborhood, to be reminded again where I am and why.

When I walked the dog, we would often go the same route; it would change sometimes, of course, but we would wander around the same neighborhood. I held the leash and he would sniff, run after squirrels and cats, and mark. The pooched looked forward to the walks.

When I am out and about, wandering here and there–étant un flâneur–I don’t mark, but I do take pictures. I spot.

I took a quick train to Nice after two days. If one chooses well, the ride is nearly fifteen minutes with no stops. I wanted to find the Beaux-Arts store and to buy some Arches watercolor paper. Nearby is Vieux Nice, the old part of the city and a major attraction.

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After lunch at Olive et Artichaut, a favorite restaurant of mine in the vieux quartier, I wandered about and spotted, trying to take advantage of the light before the mid-afternoon sun waned and the narrow streets blocked what remained of the day.

Outdoor wall space becomes art space.

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The outdoor market, le Marché aux Fleurs Cours Saleya, is well known in southern France, and a certain destination for anyone traveling to and beyond Nice. It has flowers, as the name implies, but fruit and vegetable stands abound and artists–painters and sculptors–display their work.

4 Comments Post a comment
  1. Jim O'Connell #

    Very nice photos Michael! Enjoy France…the weather here has been nasty and many snow days already 6 and it looks like more to come. We hope we are not teaching into July! Warm regards my friend!
    Jim

    12/01/2017
  2. L Welch #

    Your “spots” are cool. Thanks! Keep on keeping on.

    12/01/2017

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