By Arlene Solis Chua
OSM! International Photojournalist
Nice — Due to bad weather, we had a sudden change of port. Instead of Monte Carlo in Monaco, the Norwegian Jade headed towards Nice (pronounced as Nis) in France.
I was a bit panicky because I do not have stock pictures of the port. At about 11:30 am, I jumped in one of our tenders in my uniform and camera. I only had two hours to take pictures and see Nice. It was all worth it.
Nice, or Nizza as spoken by Italians, is the fifth most populous city in France, after Paris, Marseille, Lyon and Toulouse. It faces the eastern part of the Mediterranean Sea and has a population of one million. Its official name is Nice la Belle or Nice the beautiful. Its natural beauty and its mild climate became an attraction to aristocratic families in the second half of the 18th century.
Celebrated western painters also loved working in the city because of its clear air and soft light. The works of Marc Chagall, Henri Matisse, Niki de Saint Phalle and Arman are commemorated in many of the city’s many of the city’s museums.