We visited the old quarters of Nice and bought a Santon carving of a baker.
The Santons of Provence---->From the 19th century, the Santonniers of Provence (santons manufacturers) started to introduce the village people of Provence in the nativity scene: the Water Carrier, the Lavender Lady, the Shepperd, the Cheese Maker but also the Bush Ranger or the Gossiper ! All of them are now part of the traditional Provençal crèche.
In fact, the owner of the shop is from Saint-Sauveur, Québec, around 35 miles from where we live. A small world, indeed!
Here's yours truly holding up the Baker.
Nice is a city in southern France located on the MED coast, between Marseille and Genoa.
In the 7th century, Nice joined the Genoese League formed by the towns of Liguria. In 729 the city repulsed the Saracens; but in 859 and again in 880 the Saracens pillaged and burned it, and for most of the 10th century remained masters of the surrounding country.
By a treaty concluded in 1860 between the Sardinian king and Napoleon III, the County was again ceded to France as a territorial reward for French assistance in the Second Italian War of Independence against Austria, which saw Lombardy unified with Piedmont-Sardinia.