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It’s Nice here…


This book is smaller than my usual square books, only 5″square, so it is actually very cute. I might make more this size as they are almost handbag sized. Well, they are if you have a big handbag!

I am posting this from a rather swanky hotel room in Nice, France. I made this book before I went and saved it up for today. I flew out of England yesterday at 8.30 am, after a really early start in the foulest weather you can imagine. I left my house at 4.30am as I have a 2 hour drive to Bristol airport. It was raining incredibly hard and there were gale force winds – really nasty. At around 5am I was caught by a speed camera which I hadn’t noticed as I was concentrating on the dark, empty road (and I don’t like driving at night). I was so busy watching for huge puddles, as a lot of the roads were flooded, I didn’t notice the camera so being caught on an empty road, doing 40 in a 30 zone is very annoying.

I arrived in Nice and the sun was shining in a clear blue sky. And it was warm – such a treat. I’m only here for a couple of days but as it about 6 years since I was last here, it is nice to be back. I took some photographs but haven’t brought the cable to get the photos off the camera, so they will have to wait until I get back on Friday. Here’s a photo I found on Google images.


When I was last in Nice, this wonderful Art Deco facade was all that was left of the original building which was a casino on the Promenade des Anglais. For years behind this facade, there was just a huge hole but recently they have re-built the casino and added a lovely hotel. On the third floor, there is a sun terrace and a swimming pool (on the level above the arches).


It is really very nice here in Nice and it’s a shame that my winter break in the sun is over on Friday, then it’s back to the rain…

10 responses to “It’s Nice here…

  1. tulibri December 6, 2007 at 9:28 am

    Nizza … Diane, I envy you! I hope you’ll post some pictures of that lovely old town quarter, too … sweet memories :)

  2. strugglingwriter December 6, 2007 at 1:25 pm

    Sounds like a Nice (he he) trip so far (other than the speed camera). It is currently 7 degrees Fahrenheit here. Brr.

    I like the inside cover of that book.

    I hope you continue to have a lovely time on your trip.

  3. cotojo December 6, 2007 at 5:52 pm

    Hi Diane,
    Enjoy Nice…it’s still wet and windy here!! Speed cameras really are a pain, another way of hitting the motorist.
    Wow, sunshine and clear blue skies……we haven’t seen much of that this year at all, maybe you will bring it back with you we could all do with a change of weather for the better lol

  4. laketrees December 7, 2007 at 3:50 am

    ooooh very nice pics and the weather sounds wonderful….
    shame about the speed camera Diane…. :(

  5. Jean-Luc Picard December 8, 2007 at 10:53 am

    That’s the way to spend December, rather than the cold, rainy evenings!

  6. jon December 8, 2007 at 4:33 pm

    What a spectacular way to spend the Holidays!! your book looks wonderful. They always do!!

  7. Diane December 8, 2007 at 5:11 pm

    Thank you all for your kind comments and wishes and I’m glad you like the book!

    Speed cameras are appalling things and I am now waiting for the dreaded ticket to drop through the letterbox!

    Now back home in the truly horrendous weather – remind me again why I live in the UK……?

  8. paperseed December 13, 2007 at 6:52 am

    What gorgeous photos of Nice! I’ve never been there, but it is high on my list of dream places. With the current us/euro exchange rate it may be a long time, though. Thanks for sharing.

  9. Diane December 13, 2007 at 9:02 am

    Try to go, you won’t regret it. The whole of the Riviera is gorgeous. I used to live there so I know it well and I must admit, I do miss it. Especially the wonderful weather!

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