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Friday, April 13, 2007

In old Nice with borrowed Feather – due to square headed bodies

I have been to Nice a couple of times before. First time in 1966. What has changed the most in downtown Nice, is the traffic. They are now building a new tramway (Street Car) system to help up the situation – but no park and ride system (sic). And all the small villages in the neighbourhood, have grown into a more or less part of urban Nice. Expect traffic jam. Even out of season. If you go there by car.

Hakon I went up the Promenade des Anglais, and found a parking house.
Then walked into Old Nice. The narrow streets with all the shops and small market places with outdoor cafes and restaurants, churches and galleries are really charming. All streets have a French name and a Provencial Name (the old local language in Provence).

We had lunch at the Flower Market, close to the sea. Fish of course. And some white wine.

Just East of the old town is the hill with the old Citadels (Fortified Castle) and old cemeteries (Graveyards – The Catholic, The Protestant and The Israeli an). It is very steep to climb – even with stairs. But it’s worth climbing (If you do not want to walk up, it’s a lift on the south (sea) side.). On the top, it’s a wonderful view over Nice, the city, Baie des Anges, the mountains (Alpes Maritime) and the Ocean.

I could do this wonderful excursion
thanks to borrowed feather – from Hakon. Since my luggage was left at Oslo Airport – due to the new security regulations. Yes, I was 10 minutes late for regular luggage check-in. I admit that. That’s my fault. But before, it was no problem to send checked luggage with the next plane. Now, you and your luggage have to be on the same plane. BUT, if the air-port does a mistake, and your luggage do not “reach” your connecting flight, then your luggage travel “alone”. This is politics and have nothing to do with reality.

Just check the luggage as usual, and put on the next flight. It’s still allowed to be reasonable and service minded and at the same time maintain security. Only square headed bodies sticks to this kind of misunderstood “solutions”.

You can read about our “French” Cyber Cruise Ball(ade) here.


RennyBA said...

Glad you are there safe and sound after all this trouble with your check in at Oslo airport!
Thanks for taking us with to this wonderful place and give Håkon a big hug from me:-)

Lifecruiser said...

Oh, my... those security check problems....*sigh*

Glad you're having a nice Nice time anyway with your friend!!!!

I so want to go every where - even to Nice, I've never been there.

Do everything that I would do ;-)

TorAa said...

@RennyBA: Thanks for sweet words. Håkon will read it and have a hug from you.

btw. We will visit Gunnar Saturday

@Lifecruiser: Sure I'll do every thing you would do. Though it's a secret.

btw. Suddenly, we were on net again.
Hope it would be stable. Feel so "rotten".

Mother of Invention said...

What a fiasco with your luggage! I'm assuming you speak French quite well.

OldOldLady Of The Hills said...

I love your pictures of Nice....The only time I was there was in 1969 when I was on that fabulous trip where I stayed in C'Ap D.Antibes...BUT, I had to go to the dentist in Nice because of an Emergency situation...What I saw at that time---was beautiful--I thought it a very beautiful city, though I only saw a small section of it...and admitedly, I was in pain at the time....But going back for my second visit to the Nice dentist, I was able to see more of what I was actually 'seeing', if you know what I mean. (lol)

I loved The South Of France...But never have been back, I'm sorry to say....And now with my health issues, that won't be possible, so I am so very grateful I got there back in 1969!

Thanks for your "heads up" about your freind Hakon's Blog...I went to visit him and left a comment...!
And thank you for your very kind and caring words about my blog. I appreciate it more than I can say.