The Promenade du Paillon is a new greenspace in the heart of Nice’s downtown. The Paillon is a stream that runs through town and was historically the cause of a lot of flooding. It was covered over in stages from 1868 to 1972. In 2011 the central bus terminal was demolished. It was supposedly very ugly and this park was put in.

It is a very narrow space, fenced in between two busy streets, but it is peaceful inside. One section is a marine animal themed playground.

I love tortoises. I would have totally sat on this tortoise for the picture but I was getting glared at by French people for being a horrible tourist for touching it.


There is also a large whale that you can go inside. Towards the back of the whale there are some hanging cylinders that I can only imagine have to represent whale poop. I was perplexed and even more amazed to find that I don’t have a picture of them.

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Dreaming of France Meme Eiffel

7 Replies to “Saturday Snapshot – Playground in Nice”

  1. Heather, Great photos. I can’t believe you weren’t supposed to touch the tourist. I know my kids would have climbed right on it! Enjoying your pics from Nice. Thanks for playing along today.

  2. What a beautiful playground! I can’t imagine why it was frowned upon to touch a sculpture that’s out in the weather. Like you, I would have been tempted to climb on it! By the way, only the whale photo showed up on my screen, but I clicked on it to see the others.
    Here are my Saturday Snapshots.

  3. What a cool playground! Only the first photo loaded properly for me on your blog, but I could click on it and then see the others. I did notice that the tortoise was on the grass, perhaps it was in a don’t walk on the grass part? Although I haven’t been to the south of France (an oversight that I really must correct one day soon), and am not sure if they are as anti grass walking as they are in Paris. I am of course disappointed at the absence of whale poo photos. At Aquaboulevarde in Paris you can climb into the rectum of a whale and then walk through the innards of the whale and then slide out the side into the water.

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