Photography | Côte d'Azure

Kilburnlad


Having spent time in Paris during 2013 and 2014 to improve my French, in 2015 I tried something different. I went to Nice on the Côte d'Azure for an immersive French course for the over 50s. The course was of two weeks duration but I arranged accommodation with a French family for most of May, giving me time to explore the area both before and after the course.

Nice was very different to Paris. People seemed more friendly and casual conversation was a lot easier. And, of course, Nice and the other towns along the Côte d'Azure are absolutely beautiful, a playground for the super rich and a delight for ordinary folk like me.

Being on my own for a lot of the time I adopted my usual approach of going places and wandering around to try to capture images that were representative without being too touristy, but in this collection there are of course beautiful views of the coast and the Riviera towns.

Probably my most rewarding experience was coming across the Fête des Mai that takes place in the Gardens Arènes de Cimiez on each Sunday during May. I actually went on the final Sunday when the May Queen competition was taking place. Sitting among the locals was a wonderful experience, there being little evidence of other tourists. I managed to converse with a local and understood some of what was going on on stage, but was totally lost when they spoke the local Niçoise language.It's fair to say that I fell in love with Nice, and the following year Helen and I returned for a holiday. We booked into an AirBnB apartment that I selected on the basis that the owner was local and the apartment appeared more homely than some that had clearly been acquired and fitted out specifically as rentals. The choice turned out to be a good one. The lady owner was more than happy to indulge my French and we got on very well. The apartment itself was close to the port and had a terrace which, while not looking directly over the sea, did allow you to see it. We stayed for just under three weeks and agreed that we would like to return. Amazingly on the first morning I bumped into a chap who had been on the French course the previous year, and who had returned again for the same course.

On this second visit I decided to experiment using my recently acquired iPhone 6S as my sole camera and must say that the results were more than acceptable. The only real limitation was the wide angle lens, which precluded optically zoomed shots and didn't allow a reduced depth of field in circumstances where this would have enhanced the photograph.

2015

  •  Nice - The Bay of Angels

    Nice - The Bay of Angels

  •  My apartment in Nice - complete with balcony

    My apartment in Nice - complete with balcony

  •  Exterior of my apartment block - 4th floor - 4th balcony to the right

    Exterior of my apartment block - 4th floor - 4th balcony to the right

  •  Nice Old Town - Boulengerie

    Nice Old Town - Boulengerie

  •  Central Nice - a beautiful park

    Central Nice - a beautiful park

  •  Albert Camus pathway sign - Nice

    Albert Camus pathway sign - Nice

  •  Impressive roller blading on the Promenade des Anglais

    Impressive roller blading on the Promenade des Anglais

  •  Waterspouts - Central Nice

    Waterspouts - Central Nice

  •  The Bay of Angels from the cemetary

    The Bay of Angels from the cemetary

  •  Yachting school

    Yachting school

  •  Paragliding over the Bay of Angels - Nice

    Paragliding over the Bay of Angels - Nice

  •  Cannes Film Festival - Of course

    Cannes Film Festival - Of course

  •  Breakfast - Villefranche-sur-Mer

    Breakfast - Villefranche-sur-Mer

  •  Corvette - Villefranche-Sur-Mer

    Corvette - Villefranche-Sur-Mer

  •  Gigantic cruise ship off Villefranche

    Gigantic cruise ship off Villefranche

  •  Yachts in Antibes harbour

    Yachts in Antibes harbour

  •  Atelier - Eze Village

    Atelier - Eze Village

  •  Studio - Eze Village

    Studio - Eze Village

  •  Eze-Sur-Mer

    Eze-Sur-Mer

  •  Fête des Mai - Nice

    Fête des Mai - Nice

  •  Nice - Fountain

    Nice - Fountain

  •  Negresco Hotel - Nice

    Negresco Hotel - Nice

  •  Celebrating 1 May on the promenade in Nice

    Celebrating 1 May on the promenade in Nice

  •  Entertainment - Fête des Mai

    Entertainment - Fête des Mai

  •  Fête des Mai - May Queen competiton

    Fête des Mai - May Queen competiton

  •  Fête des Mai - Compare

    Fête des Mai - Compare

  •  May Queen panel of judges

    May Queen panel of judges

  •  The May Queen

    The May Queen

  •  Fête des Mai - Stilt walker

    Fête des Mai - Stilt walker

  •  Menton

    Menton

  •  Picturesque street - Menton

    Picturesque street - Menton

  •  Monaco

    Monaco

  •  Monaco Grand Prix circuit

    Monaco Grand Prix circuit

  •  Monaco - Port packed with yachts for the F1 Grand Prix

    Monaco - Port packed with yachts for the F1 Grand Prix

  •  Hotel de Paris - Monaco - note the cars!

    Hotel de Paris - Monaco - note the cars!

  •  Changing the guard - Royal Palace - Monaco

    Changing the guard - Royal Palace - Monaco

  •  The port at Nice

    The port at Nice

  •  Old railway poster advertising Nice

    Old railway poster advertising Nice

  •  Speedboat with holidaymakers in tow - Bay of Angels - Nice

    Speedboat with holidaymakers in tow - Bay of Angels - Nice

  •  Sainte Marguerite - Lerins Islands

    Sainte Marguerite - Lerins Islands

  •  sainte Marguerite - Lerins Islands

    sainte Marguerite - Lerins Islands

  •  The mountain village of Saint-Paul-de-Vence

    The mountain village of Saint-Paul-de-Vence

  •  Courtyard - Saint-Paul-de-Vence

    Courtyard - Saint-Paul-de-Vence

  •  Lunch - Saint-Paul-de-Vence

    Lunch - Saint-Paul-de-Vence

  •  Saint-Paul-de-Vence

    Saint-Paul-de-Vence

  •  Saint-Paul-de-Vence

    Saint-Paul-de-Vence

2016

  •  Antibes view

    Antibes view

  •  View from the terrace of our apartment

    View from the terrace of our apartment

  •  Seen in Nice - I christened it the Bat Bike

    Seen in Nice - I christened it the Bat Bike

  •  Evening - Nice beach

    Evening - Nice beach

  •  Details of major upgrade to tram network in Nice

    Details of major upgrade to tram network in Nice

  •  Yachts - Cannes

    Yachts - Cannes

  •  Light reflections off the sea - Cannes

    Light reflections off the sea - Cannes

  •  Eucalyptus avenue - Sainte-Marguerite

    Eucalyptus avenue - Sainte-Marguerite

  •  Eze Village

    Eze Village

  •  Coffee break - Eze Village

    Coffee break - Eze Village

  •  View from the top of Eze Village

    View from the top of Eze Village

  •  Helen - Cannes Film Festival

    Helen - Cannes Film Festival

  •  Helen with former ballet dancer at the Ballet de Monte Carlo boutique

    Helen with former ballet dancer at the Ballet de Monte Carlo boutique

  •  Hotel de Paris - with barriers in place ready for the F1 Grand Prix

    Hotel de Paris - with barriers in place ready for the F1 Grand Prix

  •  Monaco

    Monaco

  •  Outside Royal Palace - Monaco

    Outside Royal Palace - Monaco

  •  Our apartment highlighted - viewed from the Chateau Gardens

    Our apartment highlighted - viewed from the Chateau Gardens

  •  Photo shoot on Nice promenade

    Photo shoot on Nice promenade

  •  Poodle - Eze Village

    Poodle - Eze Village

  •  Sainte Marguerite - Lerins Islands

    Sainte Marguerite - Lerins Islands

  •  Sainte Marguerite - view to sea over rocks

    Sainte Marguerite - view to sea over rocks

  •  Sainte Marguerite

    Sainte Marguerite

  •  Sainte Marguerite

    Sainte Marguerite

  •  Beaulieu-sur-Mer: Using newly acquired selfie stick - not that impressed!

    Beaulieu-sur-Mer: Using newly acquired selfie stick - not that impressed!

  •  Villa Ephrussi viewed from garden

    Villa Ephrussi viewed from garden

  •  Beach Art - Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat

    Beach Art - Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat

  •  Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat

    Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat

  •  Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat

    Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat

  •  Temporary tramway works at the end of the port. A massive project.

    Temporary tramway works at the end of the port. A massive project.

  •  Palms and Tricolour

    Palms and Tricolour

  •  Villefranche-sur-Mer

    Villefranche-sur-Mer