I was born in Morehead City, NC so you could say I was practically born on the beach and when I die, I want my ashes spread on a saltwater beach somewhere! Nice has a warm water beach but it is very rocky. Pebbles, the French like to call them but I am afraid they are just fooling themselves. It is so rocky that I resorted to swimming in my nevados! Hey, at least I had some clothes on!
Each morning , Angela would head off to school and I would walk with her for a ways with my towel and a couple of Euros so I could get an International Herald Tribune after I took my swim. Hardly anyone was there at the beach when I got there at 8:30 am but after swimming for an hour, the beach was crowded with sun worshippers.
If you are offended by nudity, then best to stay off the beaches of the Cote Azur! I of course went topless because I have the "devil may care" type of attitude. Now some people protested and one woman in particular swam right up to me thinking, I am sure, that she had found Moby Dick, the white whale of legend. Alas , when she saw that it was only me, she swam back to her expensive beach lounge chair to dream of other things.
Since I had no one to watch my stuff, I did not take a camera to the beach but I did find these pictures on the web which were exactly like my days at the beach, one even of the exact spot where I set my towel down every day! Such a popular spot.
Stories of the sights of the beaches of Nice will simply have to wait until you have liquored me up enough to regale you with my exploits. A comedy writer would have a field day in Nice!
I set my towel up just over there by the white fence. On the other side of the fence, one could rent a beach chair and an umbrella for a mere 10 euros a day. I was too cheap and since I was going topless, worried about my poor Seattle skin to hang out very long to make it worth the money.
The walk ways are right above the beach and folk promenade into the wee hours of the morning. I saw some backpackers sleeping on the beach and swimming the next day in their whitey-tighteys (technical term that spell checker obviously does not know). Oh, to be young again!
Some of you who live on a warm water beach or at least near one are so lucky! Get out there!