Palais de Justice, Nice
Besides being the location for the law courts, Palace of Justice Square makes a pleasant meeting place for those headed to Rue Messina or the Promenade, an easy walk from here.
As our small group gathered for pick-up, one couldn't miss the ivory colored bell tower looming above us, called the 'clocher de la tour Rusca (pic #2), which seemed to declare the significance of this site. I've read that the square has been restored and improved upon in recent years.
While the afternoon sun created interesting shadows on the paving stones, a group of three friends were engrossed in a neighborly conversation, while trailing behind them a sober faced little bull dog tugged on its leash.
As I recall the exuberant conversation drifting from the outdoor cafes beyond the square, the scenic beauty of the historic areas and the natural splendor of life near the sea, I venture to say that people enjoy a well-lived and content existence in Nice.
Significantly present on the Place du Justice (adjescent to the Cours de Sela) is the huge complex of the Palace of Justice. this enormous building holds the courthouse of the Departement Alpes Maritime as well as the ones responsible for law and order within the Nice manucipality. It is built in neo-classic style at the end of the 19th century. The oldest part is the "Caserne Rusca", former military barracks. In between the tow buildings is a stylish small alley tha has some surprising effects on the visitor.