Here is a summary of the weekend’s highlights in photos.
An unplanned visit to the Palais Lascaris, which houses a beautiful collection of string and keyboard instruments.
Another unplanned visit to the Villa Masséna, designed by Tersling and built in 1898 when Victor Masséna saw the Villa Rothschild in Cannes and decided he wanted something similar for himself.
The villa was sold to the city by his son and converted into a museum. It houses a collection of the history of Nice, including old posters for Carnaval, which celebrates it’s 130th anniversary this year.
And without further ado, presenting the 2014 Carnaval King float.
The 2014 Carnaval Queen float.
The theme for 2014 is Roi de la Gastronomie.
Celebrating the local Nissarde cuisine.
As well as international gastronomy.
Run run run as fast as you can… it’s revenge of the giant Gingerbread Man
GodzillaPin and the Ninja Turtle scored free entry into the parade by dressing up, and had lots of requests from other revelers to have photos taken together.
The photos do little justice to capture the intense energy of the parade. It was a huge party.
Then as usual, GodzillaPin got distracted by food…
Speaking of food… the Niçoise salad.
Want vegetables in your dessert? Try a Tourte de Blette!
Despite a big party on Saturday night, the Ninja Turtle was up bright and early on Sunday morning. She had a wardrobe identity crisis and decided she’d be Tigger for the day.
It was the 10 miles Rock and Roll Nice Carnaval 2014. Elvis Presley was there. The Beatles were there. Pink Panther, Bugs Bunny, Superman and Tweety Bird were there. And a man dressed in a coat actually played the trumpet while running the 16km. Yes, at the same time.
All’s well that ends well. GodzillaPin (who didn’t run) was waiting for her at the end with cold beer and a plate of crispy, hot, oily, salty, delicious socca. Made of chickpea flour, thin as a crêpe and cooked in a woodfire oven, socca is the ultimate Nissarde dish.
They came, they partied, they ate, and the medal’s in the bag. The duo return to Metz tomorrow, most unwillingly. It’s been a fantastic adventure in Nice!