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Nice beach, Nice, France

Villefranche-sur-Mer beach in Nice.

 

Nice is a city in southern France on the Mediterranean coast. The city is nicknamed Nice la Belle, which means Nice the Beautiful.

 

It is the largest city of the French Riviera (Côte d'Azur), the 5th largest city of France.

 

The area of today’s Nice is believed to be among the oldest human settlements in Europe. One of the archaeological sites, Terra Amata, displays evidence of a very early usage of fire. Around 350 BC, Greeks of Marseille founded a permanent settlement and called it Nikaia, after Nike, the goddess of victory.

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Taken on September 6, 2010