Susan's sketchbook log: Nice and the Cote d'Azur


"This week in Nice..."


Paris-Nice arrivee Paris-Nice Final Stage

I made sure to buy a copy of Nice-Matin, the local newspaper, each Wednesday because it has the weekly calendar of events.

One highlight was the final stage of the famous Paris-Nice professional cycling race. It's called "'the race to the sun," which was pretty ironic on a cold, windy, rainy Sunday in March.

Despite the weather, I couldn't miss the chance to go see the departure and arrival back on the Quai Etats-Unis about four hours later. It was kind of hard to balance the umbrella and sketchbook.; Almost dropped both when Team Radio Shack's Levi Leipheimer and Andreas Kloden (who would finish 2nd) lined up right next to me.

concert at Notre Dame du PortThe Harmony Orchestra

Another event I found listed was a free weekly concert at the Church of the Immaculate Conception, aka Our Lady of the Port, three blocks from the apartment, so a natural on a rainy Sunday afternoon.

Loved that the group was called the "Harmony Orchestra."







Centre Universitaire Mediterranee, Nice, FranceAging Rhymes with Pleasure

The highlight of local events, though, was attending a lecture at the Mediterranean University Center (CUM) by a Nicoise psychologist. Couldn't resist, as the title of the talk was how aging (vieillir) should rhyme with pleasure (plaisir). Claudine asked us to say 'bonjour' to our neighbors, and though I ably followed that instruction, kept my head down, fearing I'd get busted for not good enough French. It was SRO, but I got a good seat as I monitored arrivals while sketched the building from across La Prom. | sklog home | previous | next

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