One month down and two to go until winter's end. Although the afternoons in California have been pleasant, the mornings have been as foggy as my head is when the alarm sounds. The morning drizzle and barren branches, along with the more treacherous tease of a short afternoon sun, have me in countdown mode. I'm already dreaming of sunny scenes, sandy shorelines, picnics in parks and trees full of foliage. With these thoughts, my mind floats to the Mediterrenean and last summer's trip to Nice. Photos of the Cours Saleya market reminded me of warmer times and vibrant scenes, both of food and flowers.
The Cours Saleya, both a flower market and a food market every day but Monday, is on the street of the same name. South of the maze of streets in the old town, the market fills the center of the large space that is Cours Saleya. On offer is the usual street market fare of France, seasonal fruits, vegetables, cheese, bread, etc. Mediterrenean flavors and those from the South of France are also in abundance: socca (a chickpea flour pancake), marinated olives, candied fruits (fruits confit), marzipan, calissons, lavender, soaps, spices, herbs, and salts. Perfectly located among cafes, bistros and shops that line each side of the market, and only one street away is the beach and the beachside Promenade des Anglais.
After our day at the market, we opted for a picnic high above the town. The Colline du Chateau (Castle Hill) east of Cours Saleya, is at the eastern end of the Quai des Etats-Unis. You can climb the 213 steps or, for only a few euros, take the elevator. The castle on the hill was dismantled in 1706 under Louis XIV, and later became a park in the 19th century. Besides picnics and wandering through the park, you can check out the observation deck for sweeping views of the Bay of Angels and Old Nice to the west, and on the port to the east. You will also find a giant man-made waterfall, along with small ones throughout the park, and the former castle's ruins. It was an ideal spot to enjoy our market fare with belle views of the city below and nature around us.
After lunch, a stroll along the Promenade des Anglais and a few laps in the sea were definitely in order. You know we had to make room in our bellies for dinner!
Benches along the Promenade des Anglais
Market Days and Hours:
Flower Market - Tuesday, Thursday, Friday: 6am to 5:30pm - Wednesday, Saturdays & Sunday: 6am to 1:30pm
Fruit and Vegetable Market - Every day but Monday: 6am to 1:30pm
Antiques Market - Mondays: 7:30am to 6pm (except for holidays or eves of holidays)