American playground is tourist hotspot

Known world-wide for its 7km Promenade des Anglais, Nice also has strong links with the US – dating from the 1780s when future president Thomas Jefferson paid many visits while ambassador here and advised Americans to “spend a few days here”.

Other future US presidents who loved Nice include Theodore Roose­velt, who visited as a youngster with his family in 1869-70, and Harry Truman who came as a US soldier on leave at the end of the First World War.

Mr Truman said in a letter to his wife: “The view from my window is simply magnificent. There isn’t a painting in existence that could do it justice. There is no blue like the Mediterranean blue.”

Now a global tourist destination, many Nice streets bear the names of wealthy Britons and Americans who spent their winters by the sea.

The US boom started after the First World War and now, as part of the war centenary commemorations, an exhibition, 1917: Nice ...

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