No trip to Nice would be complete, without a trip up this 93 meter high, rocky hill for the beautiful view over Nice. On our last two trips here, we always hiked up, but this trip was going to be different, given all the stairs we had to climb to reach our apartments. There is an elevator at the base of the hill, across the street from the I Love Nice sign. This saves a significant number of steps. From the upper stop, we wandered around the top for the views, spent some time at the waterfall and then walked back down into Old Nice.
This hill is named for the castle that existed here from the 11th to 18th centuries. It underwent many sieges, most notably in 1543 an 1691. It was taken in 1705 by French troops and demolished in 1706 by order of Louis XIV.
This area today is known as a park and garden with tremendous views, especially at sunrise and sunset, earning it the name nickname “Cradle of the Sun”. Everyday, at Noon, a pyrotechnic air blast is fired signalling Noon.
I still recall being up here in 2014, looking over the town, with bells ringing, just before the Noon gun sounded. We heard the initial report and then the echo, which caused everyone nearby to jump. No Noon gun this date, but there were…
Views toward the Bay of Angels and City
Views toward Lympia Port
Views of city buildings and streets
Mosaic panels and paths
and plants and other details, both up top and on our walk down