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Date: Tuesday, August 12, 1958
Place: Nice
Weather: Just Wonderful

Just returned from five hours on the French Riviera – 9:30 – 2:30 and have the most lovely red sun-burn you ever saw! Just a tiny bit sore though but it will be worth it I’m sure! The scenery was just beautiful and I’m even getting used to the stony beaches. At least you don’t have sand blowing in your face! I did got in the water and wade around, but I didn’t go swimming although it almost broke my heart. (Dr. Stallone would be proud of me.)

Judy S. and I rented those silly paddle deal boats for an hour and really had a ball. Flirted with the life-guards too and talked to them in French. Had a wonderful picnic lunch right on the beach. Patty, Jan, Judy S. and I were just starved so the chicken, ham, tomato, cheese, hard rolls, orange, and pear really tasted good. Had fun watching a darling little French boy in yellow trunks and a huge pink straw hat, and a black poodle who loved to go after a toy ring thrown in the water. Also got a kick out of this one fella who brought his pants over for me to watch while he went swimming. Back to the hotel where I got some stamps from Monaco for Aunt Marie (57 cents) and my mail – letters from Mom and Dad, Christian who wants me to come and see him at the store as soon as I get to Paris and one from Bill which was the best yet. He was worried ’cause I hadn’t written! (Sure is a sweetie!)

Judy S. and I went down to the American Express where I got my 200.00 in 20.00 traveler checks! Got dressed for dinner in my Mr. Mort and new yellow shoes for Donna’s birthday party, cake and all. John took ten of us to Monaco where we went to Monte-Carlo (entry fee 72 cents), played the slot-machines, watched the gamblers, had two Tom-Collins ($2.12) and came home at 1:15.

Nice is the fifth largest city in France and is located on the southeast coast of the country. The area became popular in the 18th century when wealthy English tourists visited looking to escape cold winters. The Promenade des Anglais, a walkway along the Baie des Anges, is named after these early visitors.

In 1897, Nice opened the world’s first wholesale cut flower market, the Cours Saleya – the public could buy flowers once the day’s business was completed. Today, the market is open to the public and offers not only flowers, but also produce, olives, and spices. At the end of the market, you can find Place Charles Félix, the onetime residence of Henri Matisse.

Cours Saleya

Cours Saleya. Image courtesy of Jean-Pierre Dalbéra via a Creative Commons license.

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