Gardens of the French Riviera part 1
May 12, 2011Public
Photo: Based in the lovely city of Nice, we set out to explore the gardens of the French Riviera with a group of British plant enthusiasts.
Photo: Our fearless leader Anne Heads (center right) has never been here before, but guides us expertly with precision and humor.
Photo: First we visit the Sunday market for picnic supplies ...
Photo: "Coeur de boeuf" tomatoes
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Photo: more kinds of salt than I knew existed. Note the red Hawaiian "natural and volcanic" salt in center.
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Photo: Suitably stocked, we're off on our first ramble ...
Photo: ... climbing the Coline du Chateau for views of the city, including old Nice and its harbor.
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Photo: "Those Ramblers have hit town again."
"Pas de problem, cherie -- they are harmless"
Photo: Nice views ...
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Photo: Looking inland, snowy alps!
Photo: And on the other side, old Nice, the harbor, and some big yachts.
Photo: relaxing in the park
Photo: In the afternoon, we visit the Musee National Marc Chagall. Photos are allowed!
Photo: Abraham and Isaac.
Many of the paintings depict biblical themes.
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Photo: Expulsion from Paradise
Photo: Abraham and the Three Angels
Photo: Moses Receives the Tablets
Photo: Temptation in the Garden
Photo: The next day, Monday, we cross over into Ventimiglia, Italy, to visit the Villa Hanbury garden at La Mortola.