Monaco And Nice (Photo Blog)

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Monaco

Monaco is a tiny independent nation, tucked into the southern French coast. Its national defense is the responsibility of France, but it is a constitutional monarchy, ruled by the Grimaldi family since 1297, and a full member of the United Nations. The vast majority of its population is wealthy foreigners, who live there because it is a tax haven. Its chief industry is tourism, and its botanic gardens and casino are world famous.

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Though, we stopped in for just a couple of hours, on a drive from Torino to Nice, we did not opt to play casinos. Unluckily, the gardens also were were closed.

(Photo-intensive after the jump…

Beneath this long garden and series of fountains is an enormous garage.

The casino has a strict dress code. Shorts and tee-shirts don’t cut it. We didn’t go inside.



The royal palace is behind the marina, just before the hill begins rising, on the right.

Either side of the casino.

Nice

The Promenade des Anglais, at night and in the morning.

We didn’t stay here, but it’s a good example of the grand architecture.

Roman ruins, near the Musée Matisse.

The Musée Matisse does not allow photography.

Matisse spent many years in Nice, and although the museum doesn’t have many of his major works, it does have a fascinating collection of drawings, paintings, sculptures, and personal artifacts. His fascination with Japanese culture, and the powerful simplicity of his genius are everywhere apparent.

This was the real reason we stopped in Nice. The Musée Chagall.

Back on the streets.

The 17th Century Baroque Cathédrale Sainte-Réparate de Nice.

A last view of the beach.

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    • Turkana on June 24, 2009 at 11:27 pm
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    from the southern france series i put together for a relative…

    Pont du Gard

    Three Small Towns In Provence (Carpentras, Chateauneuf-du-Papes, Les Baux-de-Provence)

    Avignon

    In The Footsteps Of Cezanne (Aix-en-Provence)

    Van Gogh’s Ear (Arles and St-Remy)

  1. We drove all over the south of France 2 years ago, and took a side trip over to Barolo in Italy, not far from Torino. We schlepped up that long climb to the top of the hill in Monaco to see the changing of the guard, only to be rained out by a fast-moving thunderstorm. On our way back to Nice, we went up to Eze. I’m a philosopher/writer, and the man who lured me in originally was Nietzsche. I got to walk the “Nietzsche Trail” from Eze down to the beach, the same path that Nietzsche walked when he was writing “Zarathustra”. I had always hoped I’d walk in the footsteps of Nietzsche some day, but somehow I didn’t imagine it would be so literal.

    I miss it a lot. More after seeing your pix. “Ohhhhh honeyyyyy? How much to we have in the vacation fund?” 😉

    • TMC on June 25, 2009 at 12:47 am

    are truly a treasure. I sent them to a friend who is contemplating a fall vacation in France. He sends his thanks and appreciation for your beautiful pictures. I will forward this one as well.

     My husband & I have been inside the Casino and had dinner, more for curiosity. The dinner was very elegant. Our main interest in Monaco, was as yours, the Musée Chagall.

    Tres bien, mon ami, et merci.

  2. Wonderful! Beautiful!

    Il a été mon rêve d’être dans le sud de la France un de ces jours!

    Merci encore, Turkana!  🙂

  3. Wonderful as usual.

    One of the images of pieces in blue that seem to be hanging.

    Is that a mobile?

  4. One more question.

    Is the second to last pic, the interior of the cathedral right above it, but to the left of the bell tower?

    That is amazing & 500 years old. Wow

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