Summer 2017 in the Canadian Maritimes

Adventures of David, Jelynne and Eva

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A Discovery on (Our!) Popular French Riviera Beach

Early this afternoon, as we were eating lunch, I felt our building shake and I saw the television and the plant beside it move. I assumed that it was an earthquake. I stepped outside onto the balcony and I saw people from other buildings doing the same, wondering what was going on. I didn’t feel any further trembling and soon thereafter we headed to the beach. However, the beach that we’ve recently been enjoying, Plage Neptune, was closed and had police tape around it. We also saw a video camera set up pointing towards the water and a police boat in the water. This is not normal to see on the beaches of Nice.

Photo Twitter / Ötsuchi

Photo: Twitter / Ötsuchi

After dinner this evening, we headed back to the beach and noticed that Plage Neptune was open again. It’s my favourite beach as it’s directly across the Promenade des Anglais from the Hotel Negresco – quite beautiful, especially in the evening.

After we returned home, I discovered online what the apparent “earthquake” was and it’s connection to the police activity on the beach. It wasn’t an earthquake at all. Actually, a WWII shell (undetonated) was found only 10 metres from the shore and in only 3 metres of water on the same beach that we’ve been swimming at, opposite the Hotel Negresco. It was spotted earlier today by a swimmer. A large security perimeter (100 meters from the sea to the floor) was then established.

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A Walk to the Beach

Unless we’re travelling outside of Nice, we enjoy going to the beach around 6:30 in the evening. Although the following video is rather lengthy (Eva likes to explore along the way), it’s only about a 5-minute walk and 350 metres. Here’s our walk on Thursday (August 6, 2015) evening.

Getting ready for the beach. Eva is very conscious of the dangerous effects of the sun :)

Getting ready for the beach. Eva is very conscious of the dangerous effects of the sun 🙂


Place Masséna and Vieux Nice

Today, we set off to Place Masséna for Eva to play in the water fountains located there. The water alternates between sending up a mist and spouts of water. It was a great place for a rest and people watching.

Next, we had lunch in Vieux Nice. I had the traditional dish, Salade Niçoise, which is a composed salad of tomatoes, tuna, hard-boiled eggs, Niçoise olives, and anchovies, dressed with a vinaigrette.

Check out this video from today’s journey through the Mediterranean heat!

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Place Masséna

Nice’s main square offers opportunities for shopping, delightful cafés dotted around the edge and some of the best people-watching in the city. Place Massena is the main square in Nice. The large plaza lies between the Old and New Towns, and is lined with shops and restaurants. It sits at a crossroads of several main boulevards, including the grand Avenue Jean Médecin. Locals flock here on their way to school and work. Stop for a coffee at one of the cafés dotted around the edge of the square and take in the action. The tramway runs through the centre of the plaza, but otherwise it’s pedestrian only. The old buildings surrounding the square have all been painted red with blue shutters, which are typical of the area. Large stone archways lead to shops and restaurants, including Galeries Lafayette.  A fountain in one corner of the square depicts several stories in Greek mythology, with a 7-metre statue of Apollo at the centre. Sit on the edge of the fountain for another prime people-watching spot.

Vieux Nice

Nice’s old town has scarcely changed since the 1700s, and getting lost in it is a highlight. Vieux Nice’s narrow lanes are crammed with delis, small food shops, boutiques and crammed bars. A fish market fills place St-François. Baroque aficionados will adore architectural gems Cathédrale Ste-Réparate, honouring the city’s patron saint; exuberant Chapelle de la Miséricorde (1740); and 17th-century Palais Lascaris , a frescoed orgy of Flemish tapestries, faience (tin-glazed earthenware), gloomy religious paintings and 18th-century pharmacy.