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Promenade des Anglais: photo description (Promenade des Anglais)

Promenade - a symbol of nice, the main and most glamorous artery of the city, the famous French Boulevard outside of Paris.

Six-kilometer promenade stretching from the airport to the waterfront This-Uni, following the bend of the Bay with the charming name of "Bay of Angels". According to one legend, the Bay was named for the "sea angels" - plastelin sharks with fins like wings. At the other angels pointed out expelled from Paradise, Adam and eve were the local Bank, so similar to Eden.

In the eighteenth century this Paradise especially fell in love with a wealthy British - they were here for the winter. One particularly harsh winter drove in warm nice variety of beggars from the North, and the British gave them jobs to build along the sea road for walking. So there was the waterfront, which the city has expanded and increased. After the annexation of nice by France in 1860, the waterfront received the name English.

Locals call it "the Boardwalk" or short - "the Prom". The Prom walk by day and night, by the light of lanterns, which also serves as a landmark for planes flying to the airport of nice. You can drive along the waterfront on the little white tourist train, you can rent a bike, but on the main street of the resort city is best to walk slowly I walk were once here, the members of the Russian Imperial family, Anton Chekhov, F. Scott Fitzgerald or Friedrich Nietzsche. Past the Mediterranean Palace in art Deco style (newly restored former casino now in this building the hotel, but the casino there, too); by the Historical Museum in the Palace Massena; past the pinkish dome of the luxury hotel Negresco (among many celebrities who have stayed in it, Ernest Hemingway, Marlene Dietrich, Coco Chanel)...

If the tourist wants to swim, make it easy: a narrow pebble beach starts right behind the quay. However, its free sites no facilities are there - no changing cubicles, no shower, no toilet. All sunbeds, umbrellas, waiters with snacks and drinks and sometimes even sand instead of rocks you can get on a paid (expensive) parts of the beach.

However, the most enjoyable time at the promenade des Anglais is to sit and stare at the glittering Bay. Henri Matisse said that the sea in nice is incredible, fantastic colors. For admiring the sea here, in addition to the traditional white benches are the famous blue chair. The tradition to put blue chairs began in 1950, and since then locals and tourists are so used to them that when in 2003 the chair had tried to remove, the public was outraged. They take pictures or just relax after lunch, as it once did Somerset Maugham and Graham Greene. True, chairs were different then, now used for the third model. But the sea fantastic colors all the same.