If it’s Friday, it must be France …
Have you ever lived somewhere for quite a while and then had someone mention a very special place in that town, to which you respond, “Huh? Never heard of it!” And then you feel really quite … well …
stupid … uninformed? That was my experience this summer when I first heard about Palais Lascaris in the heart of the vieille ville in Nice.
Not only that, but I realized I had walked right past it many times. I guess I was always so busy pointing my camera in other directions, I simply missed its rather austere exterior. I’ve since visited several times, often just to sit and absorb the atmosphere that exists almost four hundred years later.
I hope you will do the same the next time you visit Nice. I’ll take you there now, so you’ll know the way. On y va!
First, we’ll stop at the popular Place Rossetti. This small square is surrounded by the typical Italianesque, colourful architecture of the old town with the stunning baroque Cathédrale Sainte-Réparate front and centre. The scene demands you take photos … lots of photos! In fact, it’s hard to stop taking them!
With an atmosphere always full of vibrant conversation and energy … order an espresso, a beer, or an exotic fruit concoction … sit by the fountain and let yourself feel Niçoise … go on, do it!
… and then succumb to one (or two) of Fenocchio’s mind-boggling choices of ice cream and gelato. I must have taken the first photo very early in the day, because …
… this second one is a better example of how the crowd normally tends to be. But it’s worth it!
Amble up Rue Rossetti toward the Colline du Chateau and make a left at Rue Droite (hehe, small chuckle) to #15. I’m telling you the specific address so you don’t walk right by … as others, ahem, have been known to do.
Et voilà! Here we are! Begun in 1645 by an aristocratic Genoese family, restoration took place in the 1960’s. The second floor contains a collection of historical musical instruments. No photos are allowed there but the detail of the craftsmanship can bring tears to the eyes. Really! Don’t miss that exhibit before you explore the rest of this breathtaking little gem … hidden in plain sight.
There should be a slideshow of Palais Lascaris inserted here in my post. Sometimes it takes a minute to appear … thanks for your patience …
It’s amazing what surprises are out there for us to uncover. Once I recovered from my embarrassment at not knowing about Palais Lascaris, now I share it with everyone … and have been relieved to find a few as astounded to hear about it as I was. What hidden treasures have you discovered in your part of the world?
Ah Nice! Look at that beautiful blue sky. Looking forward to more hidden gems that you might find. We’re going to France next year, and maybe we’ll find ourselves in Nice. Your website might well come in handy. Cheers.
Patricia Sands says
Bonjour, Julia! I’m sure you are looking forward to your trip to France and if there’s any information I can help with, just let me know. There’s nothing I love to talk about more than France … especially the south! Thanks for stopping by!
niamh clune says
I signed up again for email notification, as I missed you when you moved. I looked for somewhere to LIKE, but I can’t find it. I love these picture stories.
Patricia Sands says
Thanks, Niamh. I’m happy to see you here! For some reason, WordPress does not have a “Like” option here. I’m disappointed because I know that many friends drop by and would let me know by “liking” the page although they don’t have time to comment. I understand that completely and often do it myself. I’m going to check into whether this might be an option.
Sheri de Grom says
Patricia – I love the look of your new blog. I had a bit of a problem getting signed in but all seems taken care of and here I am!
Considering the number of times I was in and out of the countries where we’ve had American troops fighting for the freedom of European countries (especially during WWII) I had no idea these countries maintained beautiful cemeteries for our men and women that didn’t make it home after the war. Tom also spent many years in Europe (we simply didn’t know each other then) and we were both amazed by the introduction of the cemeteries on a PBS television special. The people of France and Germany have kept a time honored tradition of honoring the troops who made it possible for them to gain their freedom. Tom and I will visit these sites one day along with other travel plans.
Patricia Sands says
I’m glad you persevered, Sheri! You must let me know what the problem was getting in so we can see about fixing it.
You are so right about the care the Europeans take of the Allied cemeteries. It is most touching. We went on a journey to discover my uncle’s WW2 grave a few years ago in Normandy as it is a tiny cemetery rather than one of the large ones. Nevertheless the care and attention paid to it was deeply touching. Visiting these sites is something everyone should do if they opportunity arises. I will look forward to hearing about the trip you and Tom plan.