Have you ever wondered about Nice’s pebble beaches? Because of the great depth of the sea in Nice and the strong currents, Nice scarcely had a beach. But with the arrival of the Americans, and summer tourism it became necessary to create a beach. Sand was useless because the current carried it away, and the water, being so deep never threw the sand back. So the solution was pebbles, called galets in French. They come from the Paillon River and are spread out whenever it seems the beach is disappearing. Last year 15,000 square meters of galets were spread through the beach.