Some Jewish Vestiges rue de la Prefecture

For a long time, the outdoor museum of vestiges on rue de la Prefecture held a stone tablet  with letters in the Hebrew language that had remained a mystery to me. I had shown this tablet to many Hebrew speakers in an effort to figure it out and they usually suggested that it  was simply a fragment of something much …

Le mystère des vestiges de la rue de la Préfecture élucidé

Que signifient les inscriptions sur la tablette de pierre entreposée dans le musée à ciel de la rue de la préfecture ? Et d’où viennent ces sphinges ? Robert Levitt a mené l’enquête sur ces vestiges pour le blog du Vieux-Nice. Cela fait de longues années que le petit musée à ciel ouvert rue de la Préfecture compte parmi ses …

Jewish Tour of Nice – Burial Tombstone

On the rue de la Préfecture in Vieux Nice there is a small outdoor museum. There is a stone there with Hebrew letters. I had not been able to figure it out before, but on one of my visits, an Israel photographer suggested he could read the letters in the negative of his photo. Mystery solved: It is a burial …

Visit Nice : World Heritage Site

Visit Nice: World Heritage Site, “Winter resort town of the Riviera” every Wednesday evening walking tour with Via Nissa (25€)

Nice – World Heritage Site by UNESCO

After a campaign of 13 years, the city of Nice was inscribed as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. The reason for this honor is not due to Nice as we think of it today, the Capital of Summer, but as it was in the past, the Capital of Winter! “Nice, la ville de villégiature d’hiver”. To become a World …

Jewish Refugees on the French Riviera – Part I

Just after the Germans occupied Paris, and France was divided into an occupied and unoccupied zone, Nice became known as a center for Jewish refugees, and known for its relative ease to become established there.  The primary reason was economic.  All the cities on the Riviera were dependent on tourism, and with the war, tourism came to a halt.  Therefore, …

Where Does “LA BAIE DES ANGES” Come From?

We know the sea around Nice is the Mediterranean and the area between the Monument aux Morts and Cap d’Antibes is called La Baie des Anges (Angels Bay), but where does this name come from? Some believe it has a relationship with the Cathedral in Nice where the “Angels” brought the bones of St. Reparate from Palestine to Nice in …

La Croix de Marbre (The Marble Cross)

La Croix de Marbre (The Marble Cross) – Is the name of the neighborhood where most foreigners (particularly the English) originally stayed during the 18th and 19th century during the winter. The name comes from the marble cross at 27, de la rue de France. It was originally made of wood, and was placed by the Récollets who lived in …

American GI’s in Nice

In 1945, more than 75,000 American GI’s (“Government Issue”) came to “ultraswank” Nice for Rest and Relaxation, filling the city’s 42 luxury hotels. According to Life Magazine (July 9, 1945), what they were most excited about were the girls, “American wacs, American nurses and friendly French girls.” Most of the French women did not know English, but it didn’t seem …

Italian Army in Nice

After Vichy, the Italian army arrived in Nice. It was November 11, 1942, and the Niçois were preparing for a celebration of Armistice day at Place Massena. The Italians around noon began to rain down from the air pamphlets and by the end of the day, the first Italian troops had arrived. Trucks sometimes painted with the Arms of Savoy, …