Residents of Nice affectionately call it “le prom”. Back in the day, the Promenade des Anglais was a showcase for the French Belle Époque.

British aristocrats came to this point to enjoy the dancing blue tones of the Mediterranean or “take the waters,” and later wild young people lived the rhythms of la dolce vita.

Today a row of metallic chairs –blue, like the name of this coast– is an invitation to stop by again. The chairs look as if they’d been plucked from any sidewalk café, and lined up as if waiting for some spectacular event. But in fact they’re an invitation for visitors to enjoy the best views of the horizon.