Promenade Nice France about 1892

PROMENADE NICE FRANCE — Nice is the Winter Paradise for invalids and a lovely pleasure-resort for the robust. With a full exposure to the south, and with an amphitheatre of mountains behind to shelter it from the northern winds, we can easily understand the mildness of its climate. In fact its delightful situation led Greek colonists more than 2,000 years ago to choose this for a residence; and from the victory gained here by them over its barbarian defenders, the place was called Nikaia, from which is derived the modern name, Nice. Here many fine hotels, charming villas, and a great number of “Pensions,” which in the summer time are dark and utterly deserted, become in winter radiant with gas and crowded with humanity. Before the promenade gay parties of excursionists are constantly sailing out in pleasure-boats upon the mirror-like expanse. It is perhaps from the number and the beauty of these fair mariners that this Gulf of Nice is called the “Bay of Angels!” Here also the gay world of fashion displays its brilliant panorama, each winter more bewildering than the last; for while northern climes are shivering in snow and ice, Nice forms a favorite rendezvous not merely for the delicate who come hereto beg of Death the respite of a few more months, but also for pleasure-seekers from all portions of the world, especially for subjects of the Czar, who, when they can, are glad to escape the rigor of their northern winters. One of the quays of Nice is named after Napoleon’s famous marshal, Massena, who was born here. Here also the immortal patriot, Garibaldi, first saw the light; here the world-renowned violinist, Paganini, breathed his last, and now upon a sunny hillside just above the town is the grave of the illustrious French leader, Gambetta. (from John L. Stoddard, Glimpses of the world; a portfolio of photographs of the marvelous works of God and man – 1892)


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