Archive for October, 2012

And, there is Bleu…Velo-Bleu by the Sea, Nice Cote d’Azur

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Thanks Yves Klein for Blue

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There’s Blue, and then there’s Bleu!

Never having lived by the sea, I’m not surprised by how important it has become to see, visit, even stare for long periods at this very blue body of water every chance of every day. The wind is fresh. The waves change daily, but landing on a rocky beach, they are always clean and white. It’s just beautiful and, apparently, lots of other people agree.

In Nice, the walkway along the sea serves as a major thoroughfare for walkers, runners, skaters and bicyclists (in their own separate lanes complete with traffic lights that are, of course, ignored), tourists, lovers and gawkers. No beach vendors save the one “Presse” kiosk. And, other than all the beach restaurants, most of which are now closed for the season, there are just the frequent benches and Velo-bleu bike share stands. And, always lots of people.

Nice runs down its many hills to the beach with convenient cafe, restaurant and shopping stops along the way. The bus network around and up and down those hills is extensive and efficient. The trams run quietly. Approaching late October, the city bustles. It works.

We’ve mailed our election ballots and the lady at La Poste assured us they will arrive in time. It is a rewarding experience to vote from foreign soil. (And, yes, we voted for the right people.) I still haven’t seen a Broncos jersey or sloppy Nuggets shorts. Just a couple of NY Yankee hats which should probably be disappearing now. Haven’t seen a television, either, for that matter. But, we sure have a nice sea to look at. It will have to do.

Denver by the Slice Opens “City Desk, Cote d’Azur”!

Why not? The WiFi is free and the view is priceless!

Lest you think we’re spending all of our time lugging around baguettes or ogling the works of Dufy, Miro, Chagall or Matisse…we are at work as well. Most of it is done on and off line where we are living. But, on occasion we choose to staff our new City Desk in the center of town.

Some Things We’ve Found about Nice Cote d’Azur…that are Different than Downtown Denver

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No trash on the streets and the plazas are spotless.
There’s fresh French bread everywhere!
Comfortable cafes abound and there’s not a Starbucks in sight!
Great selection of fine wines…at very low prices.
And, the food prices are low, too.
Nobody rides their bike on the sidewalk.
The bike sharing program here is at least as popular as the one in Denver…but the bikes are blue.

Light Rail…on Grass!

Fresh produce and flower markets on every block. And, out of downtown, lush green tropical growth full of birds and flowers.
The buses are clean. Quiet. Frequent. With courteous drivers that actually make change.
And, when they put in a tram, they found ways to create new green space!
Did I mention the sea breeze?

And, here is what we found!

Seaside. Everyone in Denver would like an Ocean! This blue!

 

 

 

 

After a timeout for orientation…not to mention working out few new technical bugs…we’re back to share our journey. Tout va bien!

Wait ’til You See What We Found At the End of the Street!

And you will as soon as we work out a few more technical issues.
Stay tuned to Denver by the Slice…Goes Abroad!