Who is the architect?

This unusual villa was built by the architect Georges Massa.  It was one of a series of homes which were designed by Massa in the Vallauris region.   Massa was the architect of a recent Villa in Golfe Juan which Via Nissa studied in completing a historical report.  Our historical research involves archival and historical studies on properties, those who built …

Vieux Nice

Via Nissa offers a guided tour of Vieux Nice (old city) over 3 hours or longer on a walking tour led by historians and archivists whose research interest are on the History of Nice.  The visits can be general, for those who are visiting Nice for the first time, or far more detailed, for those who have been to the …

Jewish Cemetery

Have you visited the Jewish cemetery in Nice? It is very rare that an ancient cemetery can be found in the center of a city. One of the most moving tombstone is of a small boy who just before dying asked his parents for a train, plane, car and pine tree which they never had the opportunity to give to …

At Great Personal Risk to Himself

Many of the locals know about Sainte Réparate, whom the Cathedral in Nice is named after. She was a teenage Palestinian girl arrested by the Romans for being Christian. The story goes that the Romans tried to kill her by burning her, but rains came which put out the fire. Then they made her drink boiling water and finally chopped …

Casino magnates

When we think of Casino magnates, we might think of Sheldon Adelson, Steve Wynn or Sol Kerzner, yet the first true casino magnate was likely the American Frank Jay Gould, who built his casinos in Juans-les-Pins and Nice among other places. France had declared gambling legal in 1907 and Gould joined in the excitement to compete with Monte Carlo. He …

The Klarsfelds

This is the former home of the Klarsfelds (the most successful Nazi hunters in history) which they occupied in Nice on the 30th of September 1943 when the Gestapo, just after midnight, placed its light projectors against the building’s facade and began to systematically search the apartments for Jews they knew were inside. The Germans came to take them away. …

The Lost Generation

They called them the “Lost Generation”, a term credited to Gertrude Stein who credits it to her car mechanic. This was the generation who came of age during WWI. It was particularly used for a group of artists and writers, particularly American expatriates, who were living in France during the 1920s. Americans have been living in Europe for a long …

Wine Tasting and Provençal Lunch September 22nd 2019

Via Nissa annual Bellet Wine tasting and Niçois lunch was held on the 22nd of September 2019. A wonderful event was had by all. The vineyards of Bellet were in the middle of the grape harvest, so the timing was absolutely perfect to experience the Grape Harvest and the vineyard actually working, versus just looking at clean vats and barrels. …

Why has Nice forgotten the American President Thomas Jefferson?

Robert Levitt has published his first article in Nice Matin. You can read the French version here. Jefferson loved France and supported the French revolution. He was a Francophile in every sense of the word. The local ties between Nice and America have always been very strong and it was a man, from nearby Le Bar-sur-Loup, the French admiral Comte …

Promenade des Anglais

While we don’t know the date of this postcard, it puts into perspective the popularity of the Promenade des Anglais. It is clearly before WWII as the Germans destroyed the Palais de la Jetée. It was scenes like this which attracted the Jews in 1938-40 who had been expelled from so many places and who finally found the last refuge …