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The Mediterranean- First Day: Nice, France. A Winery and more

The first full day in Nice, recovering nicely (snicker) from 13 hours on airplanes the day before. A full day of activities: tour of and a tasting at a local winery, lunch at an outstanding small restaurant, an afternoon Rose tasting, a walk through the old town, and dinner at the hotel restaurant. The day was a Bank Holiday in France; everything shuts down and everyone goes partying. For us, the evening ended with a beautiful fireworks display over the water that we watched from the roof of the hotel.

Obligatory scenic's of Nice:

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View from our hotel room balcony

 

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A busy day at the beach.

Sidenote: there is no sand on the beaches. They are comprised entirely of small smooth rocks. It doesn't look very comfortable, but obviously that didn't bother anyone. 

 

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Yes, the water was almost that blue. I shoot through a polarizer but did not push contrast or saturation.

 

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Up the street past our hotel


          The Winery

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Waiting for the mini buses

 

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On the road through Nice

 

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Path to the vines. The vineyard was at the top of a very narrow, winding road.

 

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Kelly and the winemaker, Gio, explaining the vines on the hill behind them. Wilson, for once, paying attention.

 

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Looking out over vines. Brangelina's winery is out there someplace.


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The Wines

 

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The Wines, the Winemaker and our Leader
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Remnants

 


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Tools of the trade

 

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Waiting for wine
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Wine Baskets
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Hot sunny morning. The sun zeroed in on my Lensball and started lighting a barrel on fire. Moved everything before the winery burned down.


Touring old town Nice

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A very orange building


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Pastries and...

 

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... Pizza

 

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I liked this image but couldn't decide how to finish it. So, two visions.


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Umbrella overhead shade

 

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Wilson, of course, required police protection.

 

50 Shades of Rose,
A Tasting

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! !

 

And, lastly, an homage to my ongoing addiction to images of doors.

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Very small shrine. There is a little statue of the Virgin Mary in the alcove.


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Door Humor

 

August 15, 2019

Next: A morning in Nice and on to Monaco.

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