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::: nice – the promenade des anglais

Posted in vivez on November 1, 2010 by kochy

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

[o] flat sky drill bit (nice, fr)

Posted in vivez with tags , , , , , , , on October 29, 2010 by kochy

‘flat sky drill bit’, nice, fr

originally uploaded by james koch

[o] last tide (nice, fr)

Posted in vivez with tags , , , , , , , , on October 28, 2010 by kochy

‘last tide’, nice, fr

originally uploaded by james koch

[o] five flags fly (nice, fr)

Posted in vivez with tags , , , , , , , on October 27, 2010 by kochy

‘five flags fly’, nice, fr

originally uploaded by james koch

taken in the reflection of a momentarily stationary bus

::: nice – a potted history

Posted in vivez with tags , , , on October 26, 2010 by kochy

the name traces back to the greek ‘nikaia’ (city of victory)

nice has been created and shaped by successive waves of foreigners who occupied the eastern end of the bay of angels facing antibes

the romans had their time in nice (as they did in most of europe)

after their decline and fall, the city became part of provence until 1388

then the savoies of switzerland and northern italy took over

in 1860 a long debated deal was finally struck: napolean III repatriated nice to france in exchange for military help for italy in it’s own creation (vs austria)

mussolini’s italians occupied nice from november 1942

they were replaced by german troops in september 1943

allied forces liberated the city on august 28 1944

[o] the bends (nice, fr)

Posted in vivez with tags , , , , , , , , on October 25, 2010 by kochy

‘the bends’, nice, fr

originally uploaded by james koch

[o] up! (nice, fr)

Posted in vivez with tags , , , , , , , , , on October 24, 2010 by kochy

‘up!’, nice, fr

originally uploaded by james koch