The Street Scene

Take a wander around Nice at Night… and you’ll see a veritable street-side parade. Here’s where to go, what to do, and which characters to look for.

 

In the summer Cours Saleya never sleeps, and becomes a Summer Night Crafts Market. The rule is that everything must be hand-made or painted by the  local artist, which happily eliminates mass-produced trinkets.   It makes for a festive atmosphere, surrounded by the café tables and restaurants.

Why not dance the Tango under the stars?  Regular Milangos are scheduled from 9pm Thursdays Place Massena, Saturday at Rauba Capau (on the Promenade des Anglais, around the point, just before you get to the Port) and Tuesdays and Fridays at the MAMAC plaza (up the escalator at the Museum of Modern Art, off Place Garibaldi).

Check out the Buskers and Street Performers… the best spots are in Old Nice, along the Promenade des Anglais, and at Place Massena, especially under the arcades.  Some of the musicians are amazing,

…and some not so…

 

Stoll down the Promenade des Anglais and you’re likely to see the usual tourist hit parade (Peruvian flutes, spray paint artists, Brazillian acrobats, breakdancing, living statues… yawn), but you will also see some originals:

The ageless Michael Jackson clone (he’s been moonwalking like that for least 20 years!)

Super talented local slalom-skaters and roller-jumpers

The Piano Man who rolls his upright piano onto the Prom every night

The Cowboy Drummer jamming in his VW van

…and Bela the Cat Man.  Actually, he’s only out during the day, but here is the back story and “a day in the life” of one of Nice’s most unusual and original street performers…

Photo Credits: Negresco by Night by Steve75, Beach at Night by Aiden McMichael, all licensed under Creative Commons.

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