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Roman Ruins in Nice

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The rains came again, like the plague!  it was as if the ocean said, " i don't want you here!"  The sky is an unsatisfied grey, yet the Mediterranean is a clear crystal blue.  The beach is cluttered with rough stones and pebbles, affording no comfort for the two of us who wanted to dip our feet into the gentle waters. Too cold!  But, we spied two elderly local women hitting the waves, with no regard for the rain, the cold, or the rocky beach.  Unfortunately, we needed more convincing than that, so we found ourselves a bistro and satisfied our hunger, instead.

There were other things to see, and we trudged through the rain to see roman ruins at the site of the Matisse Museum, located thirty minutes away on the Cimiez Hill.

  The road was all uphill, affording a beautiful view of the city, and the many elegant apartment buildings nestled between lush palms.  From here we could see the beautiful Mediterranean stretching towards the sunset.

The site must have been a truly magnificent establishment, so many centuries ago.  What remained was the ampitheater, where we rested from our trek.  Across, on the other side, a grand bath house.  As we were actually standing up above, looking down, we wondered if the entire site had been buried under layers of dirt.  Because in the middle of it all stood the Matisse museum, and we wondered if it was by pure chance that this place had been found. Absolutely incredible!

I think the most memorable views, however, were from the train as we departed for fair Verona.  The lights from beachside towns dazzled and shone brilliantly againt the Mediterranean, as did the setting sun that pushed away the remaining clouds.  One last thought remained, that perhaps we should have waited out the rain, to languor on the splendid beaches of the Mediterranean Sea...

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