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June 13 - Wednesday - Nice, Final Day

We decided we were beached out and needed some culture. So after breakfast we took the bus to the Matisse Museum in the Cimiez district 'uphill' from old Nice.

This is an upscale residential area, high rise condos and posh houses.

While we like Matisse, this museum was a disappointment. Only a few works of his, in three rooms, with other rooms, the majority, devoted to the phase where he was doing cutouts and collage type works. Not very interesting.
We then walked to Place du Monastere. On this site is a Franciscan monastery and a church, St. Marie des Anges. A monastary has been here, starting as a Benedictine monastary, since the 9C. Next to both are the Monastery Gardens, very large, beautifully landscaped, with views over Nice.

We then walked down the hill the bus took having read that it was only a 12 minute walk to get to the Chagall. We missed a turn somewhere because 30 minutes later we were back in the old town.

Being lunch time we took a break and ate on the popular Place Garibaldi. No pictures, but Karen has a Chicken Caesar and Mike a very nice filet of some fish whose name I've forgotten. Throw in 1/2 bottle of wine, and relaxed eating and drinking, and it was a very pleasant interlude.

We met a German couple who (he really as his wife was along for the free trip to Nice for the convention), was in medical equipment, specifically pacemakers and MRI's. We discussed his competitors and that Edie had worked for Drager at one time. He knew them well.

Edie, too bad Nonim wasn't represented at this conference!

We then visited the Palais Lescaris, a 17C palace which, from the outside didn't look like one, but inside it was a five story building built around a central staircase and courtyard right in the center of Old Nice. It has been restored, and was being used to house an exhibition of musical instruments going back to the 1700's. It was interesting to see the old pianos, harpsicords, violins, and the artistry that went into them.

Then back on the bus to the Chagall museum.

This had to be the highllight of the day. The paintings are huge and all biblically centered where each panel is an allegory of sorts on major bible stories. From the creation of Adam and Eve, Noah and the flood, and others, his paintings are like reading James Joyces 'Ulysses', where every drop of paint and figures had a story embedded in their placement and required a good description of what you were seeing. Between the audio guide and the notes next to each the explanations were complete. A total of 17 works took up the whole exhibit. This was a very impressive exhibit.

We got the bus back and began organizing our stuff to pack later.

We went out to an Italian restaurant around the corner from us for an earlier dinner so we can be packed and get to bed a bit earlier for our 3:30 am wakeup.

So, that's it. This is really the end. Hopefully our taxi will show up for us at 5 am.

Au Revoir again,
Mike & Karen

St. Marie des Anges
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Monastery Gardens

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Place Garibaldi

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Gelato Break on Place Rossetti

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Palais Lascaris

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Chagall Museum View

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Chagall Work

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Posted by MikeandKaren 11:34

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