A River Runs through it - Well under it Anyway

France, Nice Guide (B): A River Runs through it - Well under it Anyway

This weekend I went to the opening of the lovely new ribbon of a park that flows through Nice, France. It is called the “Promenade du Paillon” in honour of the Paillon River which still flows beneath it.

We were treated to a “dancing waters” show with jets of water leaping into the air in time with the music. And then we walked on water. That’s right, all of us walked on water. The basin containing the “mirror of water” is only two cm (less than one inch) deep so when the jets are not in use you can walk right across – some even did this when the jets were on. It was a nice warm day, so no one minded getting wet, especially the children.

Everything in the park is designed to remind us of the river. The walkways are covered in aquatic coloured stone and there is a “plateau of mist” made by air pumps that blow tiny drops of water into the air. In the section for children, there are sea animals carved of wood for climbing, swinging, bouncing, etc. The whale, octopus, sting ray and turtle are all following the river toward the sea. ...... (follow the instructions below for accessing the rest of this article).
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Guide Name: A River Runs through it - Well under it Anyway
Guide Location: France » Nice
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Article (B))
Sight(s) featured in this guide: Promenade du Paillon  
Author: Margo Lestz
Read it on author's website: https://curiousrambler.com/2013/10/27/a-river-runs-through-it-well-under-it-anyway/

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