Saturday, November 23, 2013

Shadow Shot Sunday 199 - Nice

Where can you find this rather lovely lacy shadow and architectural detail?

At the beautiful Russian Orthodox Church in the centre of Nice  - St Nicholas Cathedral which happens to be the largest Russian Cathedral outside of Russia itself - see the previous post for more shots of this beautiful building. In the meantime check out Shadow Shot Sunday by clicking HERE. Enjoy!

Monday, November 18, 2013

November in Nice - St Nicholas Cathedral

Most towns and cities on the French and Italian Riviera are home to a beautiful Russian Orthodox church harking back to the history of the coastline when Russian royalty and dignitaries would winter on the Riviera to escape the harsh climate of the homeland...

One of the most beautiful examples is the St Nicholas Orthodox Cathedral right in the centre of Nice, and although these stunning blue skies set off the ornate tiled onion domes perfectly, I was particularly enchanted by this muted, golden Autumnal light from the back of the Cathedral....

Isn't it truly magical??

Sunday, November 10, 2013

Proceed Pronto to Procida.........

Most seeking a day trip out from the hectic city of Naples will hop a ferry to the famed island of Capri or the well-known resort of Sorrento…My advice?? Skip both of these and catch a ferry instead to the smallest island in the Bay of Naples…and its best-kept secret.
Only 4m sq and just 50 minutes from Naples itself, Procida is a charming blend of pastel-hued houses lining the stone quays of fishing villages, picturesque harbours with colourful boats bobbing up and down, and tiny piazzas with grand baroque yellow churches.

Be sure to walk from the main Piazza dei Martiri over the hill to the tiny village of Corricella, and here on the quay are a few quiet cafes and restaurants in the most idyllic of settings with the most stunning of views across to the castle. 

Choose either “Il Postino” or “Gorgonia”, both open all year round, and enjoy the generous servings of fresh calamares and grilled swordfish. The only thing which moves during this perfect postcard lunch is the local ginger cat prowling for any leftovers…

Film-makers have long appreciated the scenic beauty of Procida, and it is often known as the “cinema island” having been the setting location for such films as “Arturo’s Island”, “Il Postino” and “The Talented Mr Ripley”, but fortunately hordes of tourists have always bypassed the island on their way to Capri.

Procida can be easily reached in 50 minutes by ferry from the Calata port in Naples and costs 21 euros return with Caremar Ferries. Naples is also easily reached from Nice by the relatively new direct flight offered by Easyjet at approximately 80 euros return. Enjoy! 

Saturday, November 9, 2013

Shadow Shot Sunday 198 - November in Nice!

November in Nice is a time of sharp winter light and clear blue skies...and a bonus today of 22 degrees!! These shots were taken in Nice's newly opened public park in the heart of the city, namely La Promenade de Paillon...

Tracing the course of the original River Paillon running through the centre of Nice, this "Coulee Verte" is a most welcome addition to the amenities of the city providing a wonderful green mile for strolling, meandering, and loitering....

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Friday, November 8, 2013

Weekend Reflections 38 - Nice

Sharp winter light and clear blue skies created these reflection shots along Nice's new "green mile" - a newly opened public park which acts as a green corridor or "la Coulee verte" through the city centre linking the Promenade Anglais and the National Theatre. On sunday afternoon children were loving the fun and excitement of running through the fountains and dodging the showers, whilst adults marched more briskly through. For more reflection shots this week, click HERE for WEEKEND REFLECTIONS. Enjoy!

Saturday, November 2, 2013

Shadow Shot Sunday 197 - Nice

I have just arrived back home today  in Nice after a glorious week exploring Naples and the Amalfi Coast, and these shadows were found in .a little corner of my balcony. The plants seem to have faded and died in my absence, but the shadows are alive and well!! I like them equally in sepia and monochrome - it's good to be home!!

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