Nice France – Nice la Belle

On November 19, 2011

We docked and boarded a motor coach for about a 30-35 minute ride to Nice.  There, our guide took us to the Flower Market where we had time to browse and shop.  I also headed down a few streets and out to the ocean front to grab a few photos.  We had about 2 hours in Nice before the group gathered back up and headed to Eze.

In addition to the markets, I walked out to the ocean along Quai des Etats-Unis,  headed down Rue Saint-Francois de Paule, and walked up to the Place Massena – fountain. I then returned to the Nice Cathedral (Cathédrale Sainte-Réparate de Nice) to meet the rest of the tour group.

Nice is the fifth most populous city in France, after Paris, Marseille, Lyon and Toulouse, with a population of 348,721 within its administrative limits on a land area of 71.92 km2 (28 sq mi). The urban area of Nice extends beyond the administrative city limits with a population of more than 955,000 on an area of 721 km2 (278 sq mi). Located on the south east coast of France on the Mediterranean Sea, Nice is the second-largest French city on the Mediterranean coast.

The city is called Nice la Belle (Nissa La Bella in Niçard), which means Nice the Beautiful, which is also the title of the unofficial anthem of Nice, written by Menica Rondelly in 1912. Nice is the capital of the Alpes Maritimes département and the second biggest city of the Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur region after Marseille.

The area of today’s Nice is believed to be among the oldest human settlements in Europe. One of the archaeological sites, Terra Amata, displays evidence of a very early use of fire. Around 350 BC, Greeks of Marseille founded a permanent settlement and called it Nikaia, after Nike, the goddess of victory.

Nice Cathedral (Cathédrale Sainte-Réparate de Nice) is a Roman Catholic cathedral in the city of Nice, France. It is the seat of the Bishop of Nice. It is dedicated to Saint Reparata, the patron saint of Nice.