Still summer in Nice!
Still summer, and it’s nice to be in Nice. Yet Paris officially ends summer on 31 August. In the United States, Labor day, 7 September, is the official end of summer. I refer you to a humorous and thought provoking article in the New York Times SEPT. 5, 2015, by AIMEE LEE BALL
There are rules, at least unofficial ones, dictating that summer ends this weekend.
According to the autumn equinox, fall doesn’t begin until Sept. 23, and summer as a state of mind should last as long as the actual season, but culturally, it’s “sayonara” after the first Monday in September. Why are we in such a hurry to end this laconic time of year when, as George Gershwin wrote, “the livin’ is easy”? Are rules, at least unofficial ones, dictating that summer ends this weekend? In New York, I can no longer swim outdoor laps at Tompkins Square Park or McCarren Park, and the lifeguards who patrolled the beaches at Cedar Grove or Wolfe’s Pond won’t be there to save me from drowning.
No more “Chinatown” on the big screen in Bryant Park (the last free movie was Aug. 24); no more Lincoln Center Out of Doors (Lyle Lovett was the closing act on, crazily, Aug. 9). Sommeliers look a bit shocked if I order a pretty pink rosé, and although I’ve tried to defy it, my mother’s commandment about the gaucherie of wearing white after Labor Day haunts me.
Early morning exercise and fresh sea air form an amazing way to begin a new day.
Early sun bathers and swimmers choose their favorite spots.
As the bright morning sun shifts angles, the color intensifies.
A family perched above the sea on the stones appreciates another perspective.
More and more people join the day activities.
‘Lido Plage’ …crowds at at Lido beach increase.
The hotel serves lunch just in front of Lido beach.
Tanning legs just in front at the water’s edge.
Summer, and yes, the ‘living is easy’ at the beach.
Midday scene on the Promenade de Anglaise in black and white.
“The capacity for delight is the gift of paying attention.”
“La capacité pour le plaisir est le don de faire attention.”
~ Julia Margaret Cameron (1815 – 1879)
A good parking spot for bicycles, and not for dogs. Of course, dogs would rather go to the beach, yet they cannot. The beaches are very clean and pleasant.
Just a soft touch and a fresh smell.
The sea alone is the most magnificent art, yet the human touch contributes as well.
Stones with a view.
The sea preparing for rest.
“For me, the camera is a sketch book, an instrument of intuition and spontaneity.”
“Pour moi, la caméra est un carnet de croquis, l’instrument de l’intuition et de la spontanéité.”
~ Henri Cartier-Bresson (1908 – 2004)