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Posted in Cycling, La France, Nice, Photography at 17:32

After falling to the flu that’s been going around these parts, I finally recovered enough this week that I had the energy to get back into the saddle today. It’s a holiday here, Toussaint (All Saints Day), and we have a brand new park, inaugurated just last Saturday. I took the opportunity to ride to the Promenade des Anglais, take in some autumn sea air, then pedal to the new Promenade du Paillon. It goes from the Promenade des Anglais, to the Acropolis, our events pavilion, following a portion of the Paillon riverbed. To build the park, our decrepit central bus station was demolished, and the park just above Place Masséna was redone. This created over a kilometer of greenery! The city has been publicizing it as new lungs bringing much-needed fresh air to that part of the city, and after visiting today, I agree with their characterization – it’s open, welcoming, and a beautiful connection of the more modern city to the north, and medieval Vieux Nice to the south. The city now feels much less divided along that axis, and much cleaner.

Promenade du Paillon

Fountains - Promenade du Paillon

Mist sprayers - Promenade du Paillon

Vieux Nice behind the mist

Acropolis entrance - Promenade du Paillon

Vieil Antibes

Posted in Cycling, La France, Photography, Travel at 17:46

Cottard, Antibes by Anna Stevenson on

Keeping with the cycling theme of late – this was the first photo I took on a Thursday visit to Antibes’ old town. I needed to go to my company’s offices in Sophia Antipolis, and since Sophia is a hop, skip and a jump from Antibes, or more precisely an express bus ride, I went to the original Antipolis afterwards. Antibes takes its name from the Greek for the village, Antipolis, meaning “the city opposite” or “the city across”. Likewise, Sophia Antipolis can mean “the city of the wisdom of opposites”, as well as having a double meaning in that its founder’s wife was named Sophie, and, naturally, it’s near Antibes/Antipolis.

While putting the pictures onto 500px, I discovered that an appreciative visitor had actually purchased one of my photos! It reminded me to mention it here: on 500px you can buy high-resolution downloads, as well as prints. Feel free to browse my photography store, and, naturally, it goes without saying that I’m always happy to see others enjoy the pictures. As you well imagine, you’ll also know where any profits go! More photography, funds towards a new kitchen (which will also be photographed), sewing projects, and cycling goods (still moar photos!!), among others.

Although it’s September, the weather has stayed hot, so I ambled through the old town and its Marché Provençal until noon came around. Then I hopped on a train back to Nice for a refreshing lunch at home with the cats. We have a new train reduction card in France, called la carte Zou! (exclamation point included), that has been a real boon for hopping around the area. It’s free, and a flexible subscription: you can fill the card with a set of 10 trips, or a week-long or month-long subscription. Any of the choices has to be for a single route, for instance, you can’t go from Nice to Monaco with the card if you’ve chosen the Nice-Antibes route; you would have to buy a separate ticket. Reductions are great, 75%! A round-trip ticket from Nice Ville to Antibes currently costs 8.80€, whereas a ten-trip set with la carte Zou! will only cost you 11€. Two euros more, for four more round trips. It’s less expensive than taking a car, and only one euro more than ten bus trips would cost on a ten-trip bus ticket (currently 10€).

Indeed, even if I could afford a car, I doubt I would ever buy one. My bike will take me to backcountry villages (will be taking it home early next week!), and paired with our train network, the possibilities are nearly as endless as with a car, but much less expensive. We’re spoiled here when it comes to public transportation, and it is really nice.

Flowery street, Antibes by Anna Stevenson on

Doorways, Antibes by Anna Stevenson on

Epices, Marché Provençal d'Antibes by Anna Stevenson on

Huiles et confitures, Marché Provençal d'Antibes by Anna Stevenson on

100ème Tour de France

Posted in Cycling, La France, Photography at 21:45

Garmin team by Anna Stevenson (fraise)) on

Have you been following the Tour de France? It started out in gorgeous Corsica this year, went through Nice yesterday (2 July), then on from Cagnes-sur-Mer to Marseille today, passing through Biot and Valbonne, not far from where I work. These first two photos are from the team time trials in Nice yesterday, where I walked to the Buffa-Gambetta corner to watch the riders in a turn.

Sojasun team by Anna Stevenson (fraise)) on

This morning, I took the bus to work as usual, but had used a half day off so I could ride to a roundabout that stage 5 would be going through. I didn’t get any shots of racers, since I wanted my hands to be free to cheer them on, but I did get a souvenir shot of my bike under a tour traffic sign and in front of the gathering crowd. This was my fourth Tour de France, which is even hard for me to believe; I only ever imagined being able to see it… maybe… one day! Now I’ve seen it several times. Today was the first I’ve gone on my own bike, though. It was a real treat, as a kid who used to pedal around her countryside home, who then grew up to pedal around the countryside of her new home on the other side of the world.

More people as the racers arrived

Pentecôte en Camargue

Posted in La France, Photography, Travel at 16:06

Taureau rouge, Aigues-Mortes by Anna Stevenson (fraise)) on

The replacement lens I ordered for my broken Nikon 50mm arrived today, and I was also able to subscribe to my new photo host, opening up my sets for public view. While I had been happy with Flickr, their new pricing scheme and restrictions (not on storage, which is indeed better now, but on statistics and other features) finally gave me enough impetus to move to 500px, where you can find me under my usual handle, fraise. I especially like their Stories feature, where you can essentially blog within your photostream.

Our three-day trip to Camargue started out with a brief thunderstorm, soaking me to the bone as I was caught unawares walking around Nîmes without an umbrella. The rest of the long weekend was beautiful, however, and Le Grau du Roi, Aigues-Mortes, and Nîmes were wonderful to visit. You can read and view the full story on 500px; below are a few of my favorite photos from the trip.

Canal du centre, Grau du Roi by Anna Stevenson (fraise)) on

Eglise Notre Dame des Sablons by Anna Stevenson (fraise)) on

Fortifications au sud-est, Aigues-Mortes by Anna Stevenson (fraise)) on

Marché d'Aigues-Mortes by Anna Stevenson (fraise)) on