Europe Cruise 2012 – Nice (Day 4)

Our Cannes plan was to head straight for the train station (a bit of a walk, but do-able) to go to Nice. We knew we wanted to visit the Chagall museum in Nice and also walk along the waterfront. The train ride to Nice was fairly uneventful. Once we arrived, we had another walk to get to the Chagall museum. Here, again, the maps of Rick Steves did us no good. Thankfully, there were lots of signs. Sadly, a good bit of the walk was uphill. The museum itself was quite pretty, though, and I enjoyed the art. We both enjoyed Rick Steves light-hearted commentary. The exhibit area of the museum had some Kandinsky pieces on display, so that was a nice treat.

Europe Cruise 2012

Europe Cruise 2012

From the museum, we took a bus into the downtown area. The downtown was quite nice. (Ha! Nice!) They have an electric bus that runs up and down the main thoroughfare, and a large plaza with sculptures of men on top of poles.

Europe Cruise 2012

Europe Cruise 2012

After that, we walked along the waterfront. We had seen a waterfall in the distance that intrigued us.

Europe Cruise 2012

We read in our guidebook that there was a park on the hill with an elevator to the top of the hill. The park was supposed to have good scenic views. So, we walked toward the park. Once we got there, DH decided he wanted to take the stairs. This was a silly decision on his part. He thought the stairs only went half as far up as they did. πŸ™‚ I took the elevator like a sane person. We both ended up in the same place, so that was good.

Europe Cruise 2012

Finding the waterfall was a separate challenge, but we eventually found the small trail that led up to it. It was cool and beautiful, with its own scenic overlook.

Europe Cruise 2012

Europe Cruise 2012

After that, we headed back down (both taking the elevator this time) and walked through the marketplace to the bus line, where we headed back toward the train station. It turned out that Friday (the day we were there) is a market day in Villefranche, which was the easternmost stop on our train line. Because of this, the trains back toward Cannes were very crowded. To be clear, I don’t mean “oh, you have to stand” crowded. I mean, “shove yourself into whatever space is available” crowded. We got lucky in that the first train headed west had a malfunction. While the vast crowds stayed on that train hoping it would get repaired, we took a chance on the next train leaving, which allowed us to get seats instead of having to stand in a very crowded train. As it happened, our train left first. Were we on Amazing Race, we would have had triumphant music. πŸ™‚

Back in Cannes, we had a leisurely walk back to the dock. DH stopped to use the Wi-Fi while I headed back to the ship for iced tea and wings. (We had skipped lunch, and it was 4pm when we were returning.)

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