Nice, France, is characterized by more than five centuries of architecture and design and managed to keep the imprint of each period within its walls.
Although the Baroque period concluded at the end of the 18th century, this era definitely found a home in the Nice region. The area’s architectural, secular and religious heritage is present throughout the city. The Palais Lascaris is a beautiful example of Nice’s Baroque period, today serving as a museum called Musée de France, specializing in art and ancient musical instruments.
In the maze of narrow streets within Vieux-Nice (Old Nice), a dozen or so religious buildings bear witness to the influence of the various periods of the Baroque movement: the Jesuit Church, the Chapel of Mercy, the Church of Saint Francis of Paola, the Chapel of the Holy Cross and the beautiful Cathedral of Sainte-Réparate. On the northeastern edge of Vieux-Nice, Place Garibaldi is the oldest large square in Nice, and one of the city’s most iconic locations.
Possibly the most eclectic era in Nice’s architectural history took place during the Belle Époque period, from about 1871–1914. The “winterers,” or members of the European bourgeoisie, gave designers free rein to their desires and imagination. Castles and palaces emerged, nestled in green settings with elaborate designs. Buildings such as Château de l’Anglais, a Baroque building inspired by Musée des Beaux-Arts, and Château de Valrose, now University of Nice Sophia-Antipolis’s Faculty of Science and one of the most beautiful campuses in Europe, went up in this period.
Following World War I, urban planning underwent a revolution. Nice had to become a large, modern city, and it was the Art-Deco style which met this need. Modern materials and building techniques soon replaced some of the villas, and the Promenade des Anglais was redeveloped. Today, many streets in Nice feature Art Deco-style buildings, such as rue Verdi, the Promenade des Anglais and boulevard Victor Hugo.
Since the end of the 20th century, contemporary art, including architecture, art and music, has been ubiquitous in Nice. The birth of new districts such as the Arénas and the Eco-Vallée, located to the west of the city, mark the impact of this movement on the city.
For information on visiting the historic buildings of Nice, go to the Office de Tourisme Métropolitain Nice Côte d’Azur.
One thing surprising about the Prince Edward Island capital is its abundance of shops specializing in affordable, fashion-forward jewelry rendered in sterling silver, vermeil, 14K gold and semi-precious stones. Whether you prefer delicate pieces or bold wearable art, you can be assured the pieces for sale are inspired by the maritime island setting and, therefore, specific to the place where they are created. Here are a few shining, woman-owned examples:
The Islands of Tahiti are among the most beautiful and sought-after vacation destinations in the world. The endless images of overwater bungalows with Bora Bora’s majestic peak towering over waters of every shade of blue have an intrinsic pull. But with 118 islands and atolls to explore, there is so much more to this spectacular region of the Pacific.
Norway, a haven for visionary artists, architects and designers, showcases an exceptionally diverse array of cultural attractions. This year, the country commemorates exciting milestones and unveilings captivating enthusiasts of the arts, from iconic scenic routes to new museums to gallery openings. Up Norway features these new offerings in personalized itineraries catered to aesthetes.
As a peripatetic traveler, I am always trying to balance the pleasures of dining well with a life-long challenge to control my weight. It’s not always easy, because I consider tasting typical, authentic regional dishes among the highlights of most journeys, and those foods are rarely known for “healthful” rankings! So, I started staying at spas way back in the 1980s — before they were ubiquitous — because meals were assured to be pure, clean and wholesome.
The Saronic or Argo Saronic Islands of Greece call travelers to explore its seven small islands and islets brimming with history, natural sites and more. With most easily accessible by boat, the islands’ proximity to ports of Athens make the Saronic Islands an ideal destination for those preferring shorter boat rides. In fact, trips from Athens ports to the islands take only between 10 minutes and two hours, depending on the island you choose, making them perfect for day or weekend trips. From Piraeus port, you can access Hydra, Spetses, Aegina and Poros directly. Come explore these stunning islands with us and find the inspiration to plan your next trip to these islands. Hydra Hydra town curves around a slope overlooking the Argosaronic Gulf like an amphitheater and is considered one of the most romantic destinations in Greece. Most unique to the island is its lack of vehicles. People on the island get around on mules and donkeys as well as water taxis, making for a peaceful and laid-back day. Hydra lies a two-hour ferry ride from Piraeus port in Athens.
Flying to the paradise of Turks & Caicos has never been easier thanks to many new, non-stop flights across three airlines to the destination. Southwest Airlines, Delta Air Lines and Virgin Atlantic Airways all announced new flights, allowing travelers to visit this dreamy destination.
With the rush of Black Friday and Cyber Monday over, many of us still wrack our brains on what to buy friends and family this holiday season. For the traveler in your life, finding the perfect gift can go a long way. Here are some top-quality products sure to impress loved ones this season:
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