Negresco n°2 2013
Negresco n°2 2013
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  • Parution : n°2 de 2013

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  • Editeur : Les Editions COTE

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  • Nombre de pages : 52

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1950. v ue de L a promenade du C ôté ouest depuis L a terrasse de L’agenC e Cook. Le gaLLus est amarré au ponton de L a pL age du Lido. p hoto g i LLetta. 1950. The wesTern Promenade seen from The cook aGency's Terrace. The Gallus is Tied uP aT The lido Beach's jeTTy. There are a number of explanations, official and whimsical, for the name given Nice’s bay stretching from the Promenade des Anglais to Cap d’Antibes. Cartesians will be more than happy with the official etymology of the name Baie des Anges, which is also the most credible since it’s based on fishermen’s stories of hauling in their nets and finding sharks with large pectoral fins resembling wings in them. These inoffensive squatina, or angel sharks, consequently gave their name to the bay in which they were caught. The Niçois author Francis Gag (1900-1988) described seeing fishermen’s carts transporting these fish similar to rays, referring to them as lu pei ange or "angel fish". Other versions of the story complement this zoological explanation, or contradict it ! One is based on 19th-century maps said to show a Pont des Anges (Angels’Bridge) at the mouth of the Paillon river, as Emile Négrin maintained in his Promenades dans Nice. Others are more adventurous, linking the name with the beaching of the body of Saint Reparata, a young Christian martyr. To preserve her body from profanation after she was murdered, it is said to have been placed in a boat and set adrift on the Mediterranean. Tradition has it that the boat drifted until it came in sight of the coast at Nice, where it was seen to be brought to shore by angels. That is the religious explanation for the bay’s name. Considerably freer and more fanciful interpretations circulate too, nourishing the collective imagination ! Some believethe name is a biblical reference, among them Alexis de Jussieu who in 1856 wrote a poem describing how Adam and Eve, after being thrown out of Eden, were led to Nice’s shores by angels wishing to remind them of the beauty of their lost paradise. Others say a fishing boat was saved from attacking Saracens by a host of angels, and especially fertile minds even talk of extraterrestrials landing on our beaches ! But in the end it matters little ! Whatever the "angels" who have frequented its bay, this heavenly place is most definitely blessed by the gods. L e ne g r e s c o 1 1



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