Friday, July 28, 2017
It was sad to see the changes to Nice this spring, as a result of the Bastille night attack. Last year, the construction on the promenade was nearing completion and the wider walking space felt expansive.
This year, things were dug up again, as the plans were to add barriers in time for July (assuming for high season), to prevent future vehicles from entering and potentially killing more people.
Not only that, there were teams of 4 fully outfitted and armed soldiers all day, patrolling the promenade and the main street (Ave Jean Medecin). I am sure the men and women are well qualified to respond to any untoward events but my reaction was a very strong "I don't want them here".
I've traveled to places where there were legitimate reasons to be cautious but Nice France does not, for me, come anywhere close to being one of them. And the feel of the city has perhaps changed permanently with no indication that things will reverse any time soon.
***2nd & 3rd photos from Antibes, France***