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The face of Nice is changing so quickly it’s hard to keep up! The Promenade du Paillon is being extended far to the east. The TNN (Theatre National de Nice) I referred to on page 179 has been torn down. In its place is a new garden promenade, La Bourgada. Instead of climbing to the top of TNN as I suggested, you can climb up to a balcony overlooking the garden for this view.

And, as if that wasn’t enough, the Couvent de la Visitation I mentioned on page 59 as part of the Old Town walk, is now a five-star hotel, the Hotel du Couvent.I noted that the hotel was planned and now it’s completed. Although the facade extends to the Place Sainte Claire, the entrance is on 1 rue Honoré Ugo. At least for now, that’s the only entrance and it’s best accessed at the top of rue Rossetti. The hotel courtyards, lounge areas and gardens are open to the public and I highly recommend a visit to this unique place.

 

 

Postcard of Casino de la Jetée Promenade
Casino de la Jetée Promenade

Hello fans of Nice Uncovered! I’m so grateful for your support I’d like to offer you the opportunity to take a self-guided audio tour of Unesco Nice FOR FREE! I put together this audio tour for voicemap.me because I think more people should know about Nice’s remarkable urban and architectural heritage. From the edges of Cours Saleya along the Promenade des Anglais and through the prestigious Carre d’Or neighborhood I’ll take you through the seascapes, parks, villas, churches and architectural landmarks that made Nice the pride of the Riviera. (More info here)

How to do it? Leave me a message in the Chat on the bottom of this page and I will send you the code for a free voucher which you will enter here: https://voicemap.me/tour/nice/navigating-nice-s-belle-epoque-a-guide-to-the-unesco-heritage-city. Just download the voicemap.me app and instead of paying for the tour you enter the voucher code. It’s easy! And you’ll have fun exploring a part of Nice that deserves its place in the sun.

And here’s another idea for free fun. Although it’s not been well publicized the Massena Museum in Nice has mounted a virtual reality experience of the disappeared Casino de la Jetée Promenade. This outstanding pleasure palace on the sea was destroyed by German occupiers in 1944 but now you can see what all the fuss was about on this virtual reality reconstruction. It’s free but you do need to reserve a spot which you can do here 

The reservation page is in French but the experience is in French or English.

You’re welcome!

Now if you could do me a small favor. . .Have you left a rating for Nice Uncovered: Walks Through the Secret Heart of a Historic City on Amazon? It would REALLY help me a lot if you could do so! You can leave your rating (and review if you like) on Amazon.com or Amazon.fr depending on where you bought the book.

Thanks so much!

Why did Unesco designate Nice a World Heritage Site? You’ll find out on this brand new immersive audio tour I produced through voicemap.me: Navigating Nice’s Belle Epoque: A Guide to the Unesco Heritage City. On this unique 75-minute tour we’ll trace the development of Nice as a winter resort from the mid-19th century onwards. Did you know that nearly every inch of central Nice outside the Old Town was designed to maximize the comfort and pleasure of holiday-makers?

From the edges of Cours Saleya along the Promenade des Anglais and through the prestigious Carre d’Or neighborhood I’ll show you the seascapes, parks, villas, churches and architectural landmarks that made Nice the pride of the Riviera. You’ll see how Nice blossomed from a medieval town to a glamorous resort city. And, you’ll marvel at the finest examples of  Nice’s wondrous architectural heritage from neo-Gothic to neo-Classical, Belle Epoque and Art Deco buildings.

It’s so easy to follow a self-guided audio tour at your own pace.

  • Download the FREE audio tour VoiceMap app for iPhones or Android devices. via Apple AppStore or Google Play’s store.
  • Install it on your smartphone 
  • Once you’ve downloaded the app, set up an account
  • Look for the tour, Navigating Nice’s Belle Epoque: A Guide to the Unesco Heritage City
  • Pay for the tour ($6.99)
  • Download the tour to your fully charged smartphone. The audio will be available offline along with an offline map.
  • The tour is location aware, so you will hear directions and stories as you move.
  • You can put your phone away; the audio triggers automatically
  • Pause anytime and take as many pictures as you please!

SPECIAL OFFER FOR THOSE WHO PURCHASED NICE UNCOVERED! You can do this tour FOR FREE! Contact me for details.

Follow me as we

• Walk in the footsteps of the first vacationing Brits who built the Promenade des Anglais
• Find out how British, American, and even Russian visitors helped shape Nice’s urban landscape
• Discover the earliest seaside strolls that inspired the Promenade
• See where famous folks like Matisse, Chekhov and Nietzsche lived and worked
• Learn about the classic hotels where the town’s earliest aristocratic visitors stayed
• Hear the stories that all locals know including Nice’s most famous murder mystery
• Gaze upon the Protestant church built by the Vanderbilt family and the Orthodox church built by a Russian Tsarina
• Admire the Defly building’s ‘trompe l’oeil facade’

You’ll discover the city’s quirky side including why palm trees made their appearance, the story of the Roman martyr who gave the Baie des Anges its name, the real reason the Monument du Centenaire was built, and the spot where the glorious Casino de la Jetée once was.

Whether you’re a first-time visitor, repeat visitor or a curious local, the story of 19th-20th-century Nice will come alive. 

 

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