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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. 

 

Big changes are afoot east of Avenue Jean Médecin. The Promenade du Paillon is being extended, the Acropolis and the Nice National Theatre are being torn down and the Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art (MAMAC) will be given a dramatic facelift. (TBH, it needed it) The museum will be closed for four years to complete the basement to rooftop renovation.

The result will be  new exhibition areas, a redesigned entrance as part of the extension of the Promenade du Paillon (to be completed in 2025),  and a roof much more open to the public. The structure will expand by 400 m², will be brighter and more open, and  also greener. The idea is to make the place inviting enough for a stroll. Place Yves Klein will be transformed with large windows that will highlight the MAMAC. “It will no longer be a kind of balcony with cars passing underneath,” explains Mayor Christian Estrosi. It should be exciting. 

And what will happen to the museum’s art collection?

Mid-June 2024 , go to the Fernand-Léger museum in Biot, for the exhibition “Fernand Léger and the new realisms”. Around sixty works from the Nice MAMAC collection will be showcased there.

Mid-October 2024 , head towards the Matisse Museum, “for an unprecedented face to face between Henri Matisse and Yves Klein. Two of the greatest artistic signatures of Nice will finally dialogue. The majestic Stabile-Mobile (1970) by Alexander Calder , a monumental abstract work in steel 8 meters high and more than 7 meters wide, has already taken up residence on the north square of the Villa des Arènes.

At the end of April 2024 , Niki de Saint-Phalle will be featured at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City, Missouri — while Americans have been particularly fond of the Nice-Côte d’Azur destination in recent years. “More than 80 works from the Riviera collection will be loaned”.

See more about art museums on the French Riviera 

and museums in Nice

 

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