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Palais Lascaris Nice

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Located west of the Port of Nice, Vieux Nice is a jumble of picturesque narrow streets, sherbert-coloured buildings, cultural sites, shops, bars and restaurants; it is colourful, vibrant and atmospheric.

The labyrinth of winding streets and pastiche of colourful buildings make the old part of Nice, called “Vieux Nice” an absolute pleasure for a stroll. In this enticing Vieux Nice, I’ve shot thousands of photographs that tell stories of people and places and yet, somehow, I was never aware of Palais Lascaris, until one day last summer.

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There it was right in the heart of the town. If you visit Nice, don’t miss spending a few moments in the splendor of this restored 17th Century Italianate palace with its frescoed walls and rich tapestries.

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Owned by Nice nobility, the Lascaris-Ventimiglia family, until 1802, it served many purposes throughout the next century and then sat forgotten until restorations began in 1962.

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Today the Palais houses a magnificent historical musical instrument collection amidst the grandeur of baroque civilian architecture. This beautiful palace has a monumental staircase, luxuriously decorated rooms and fabulous frescoed ceilings with mythological themes. There are Aubusson tapestries, Flanders paintings, sculptures, objets d’art and furniture of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries.

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You’ll discover this treasure at 15 Rue Droite, an oasis of cool tranquility on a hot day and an incredible piece of the town’s historic past.

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Put it on your “must see” list for a taste of how The Good Life once was in Vieux Nice.

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patricia sandsPatricia Sands lives in Toronto, Canada, and loves to travel, particularly to the south of France. She is the award-winning writer of The Promise of Provence. Find Patricia at her Facebook or Amazon Author Page or her website.

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