::: nice – the promenade des anglais

before it was urbanized, the coast at nice was just bordered by a deserted band of beach

starting in the second half of the 18th century, the english took to spending the winter in nice, enjoying the panorama along the coast

when a particularly harsh winter up north brought an influx of beggars to nice, some of the rich englishmen proposed a useful project for them: the construction of a walkway (chemin de promenade) along the sea

the city of nice, intrigued by the prospect of a pleasant promenade, greatly increased the scope of the work

the promenade was first called the camin deis anglés (the english way) by the niçois in their native dialect nissart

after the annexation of nice by France in 1860 it was rechristened a promenade des anglais, replacing the former nissart name with its french translation


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