La Cote d’Azur, France
September 29-October 7, 2017
Be a local for a week
“Tout ici rayonne,
tout fleurit, tout chante.
Le solieil, la femme, l’amour
sont la chez eux. J’en ai
encore le resplendissement
dans les yeux et dans l’ame…”
October is a lovely time of year to visit the Cote d’Azur. The days are warm and sunny; and with grapes picked for next years’ wines, the vines glisten golden, matching the deep ‘French’ yellow of the houses along the coast. Our home will be in Antibes, a quintessential Mediterranean town, famous for its harbor and 16th century ramparts.
A few specialties of the region are Salade Nicoise, Ratatouille, (made with fresh tomatoes, aubergine and vegetables of the region) Aioli, (baked fish with vegetables in a garlic mayonnaise sauce) Tapenade, (made with green or black olives) and Socca, (a chickpea pancake) Down by the port, positioned up on the ramparts, is Jaume Plensa’s sculpture (Nomad) looking out to sea, his back to the harbor.
The Marche Provencal is a 5 min. walk provided you don’t stop to look in the windows of
the local boutiques, the patisserie, or Jean Luc Pele’s Chocolatier shop.
Take a leisurely bike ride along the coast one afternoon, enjoying the blue/turquoise of the Mediterranean, the coast-line, architecture, and mountains beyond.
Our day in Nice might include a Salade Nicoise for lunch, with a glass of Rose wine.
Imagine the days of Brigitte Bardot in St-Tropez as we have coffee at Le Café, on place des Lices where artists and intellectuals have met for decades.
Climb up the winding narrow cobblestone alleys of the medieval town of Eze, to be rewarded with a spectacular view of the Mediterranean and the Moyenne Corniche.
It was on this windy road that Cary Grant and Grace Kelly drove along in the film to catch a thief.
Visit the casino at Monte-Carlo, and take a chance one evening at your luck! The bike ride along the coast from Cap’Ail to Menton would make you feel as though you have arrived, or that you’d never want to leave!
This area has many museums and architecture commemorating artists, architects, film makers, and writers, all who came to the French Riviera to soak in the light and air of the coast and the deep blue color of the Mediterranean sea under the sun.
-Saturday September 30, 2017 Arrive in Nice
Transfer to Antibes. Settle into our home and explore Vieil Antibes. Wander the narrow cobblestone streets, look in shops, walk along the ramparts, walk down to the beach, stop for a coffee at one of the many outdoor cafes.
Meals: Breakfast, lunch (La Tour Antique) (La Ferme au Foie Gras-snack)
Leisure time in the morning in Antibes. Visit the local antiques market on the plaza, the Picasso museum, shop for some local specialties and snacks at the Marche Provencal (8am-1Pm), walk along the harbor, Port Vauban, home of some of the world’s largest and most lavish yachts.
In the afternoon, bicycle from downtown Antibes along the coast from Plage de la Garoupe, to cap Gos. Continue on by Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc, (1870-) www.hotel-du-cap-eden-roc.com (immortalized by F. Scott Fitzgerald in his novel ‘Tender Is the Night’). Ride along the coast of mansions and scenic views arriving at Juan-Les-Pines, a town known for it’s major jazz festival in July. It still has a ‘party’ atmosphere with many restaurants on the sandy beach, cafes, and boutique shops.
Antibes is known for its English and Irish pubs due to the yachties and crew members. There is also a grocery store that stocks English products and goodies. (The Balade en Provence) is an absinthe bar in a vaulted basement of an olive-oil shop, the only one of its kind in France. There are numerous bars and clubs in Antibes, all in easy walking distance.
-Monday October 2, 2017
Meals: Breakfast, lunch (Bistrot d’Antoine)
After breakfast, we take a short walk to the train station for a 20 min train ride to Nice. Once in Nice we take a tram through town down to Vieux Nice. We can wander the narrow cobblestone streets, walk through the flower and vegetable markets, visit the baroque Cathedrale-Ste-Reparate, share some Socca (chickpea pancake), Les Petits Farcis (stuffed peppers w/ vegetables), or Pissaladiere (a local pizza topped w/onions, olives and anchovies). A Salade Nicoise for lunch with a glass of local rose wine is a must! After lunch, take a walk along promenade des Anglais, stopping in to visit the Musee Massena, www.nice-france.org a beautiful neoclassical villa (1898) with gardens, and brief stop at the Belle Epoch Negresco hotel (1912). www.hotel-negresco-nice.com. Time permitting, a visit to the musee d’Art Modern et d’Art Contemporain, www.mamac-nice.org (including a number of Nice’s new realists artists), some shopping, or an ice cream at Fenocchio before returning to Antibes.
-Tuesday October 3, 2017
Meals: Breakfast, lunch (Café de Paris Monte-Carlo)
Day trip to Eze and Monaco/Monte-Carlo by private car. In Eze, climb to the top of this medieval village perched on a peak with spectacular views of the Mediterranean below. At the bottom of the village is the factory of the perfumery Fragonard. Continue on to Monaco, via the Grande Corniche. Visit the Palais du Prince (Royal Palace) www.palais.mc Tour of the Casino at Monte-Carlo.
-Wednesday October 4, 2017
Meals: Breakfast, lunch (La Tarte Tropezienne) dinner (les Vieux du Murs)
Day trip, Cannes and St-Tropez by private car. Morning drive along the coast to St-Tropez. Enjoy a walk along the quays of Vieux Port where yachts line the harbor. On the central square, (place des Lices) sip pastis (anise flavored drink, or coffee) watch old men play petanque. Visit the Musee de lAnnonciade, exhibiting painters using the light of the Cote d’Azure as part of their palette. www.sainttropeztourisme.com Lunch on the place des Lices, try a tarte tropezienne, the local speciality. A car tour of beaches and La Ponce, an old fishing quarter, before we head back towards Cannes.
In Cannes, walk along the famous blvd de la Croisette, lined with hotels and couture shops, where there are also great views of the bay and Esterel mountains. At the end of the blvd is the Palais des Festival where the Cannes film festival is hosted every year. The yachts that line the Vieux Port, are the only reminder of where celebrities holiday. Wind up the hill to the old section of Cannes, Le Suquet, for great views of the bay.
-Thursday October 5, 2017
Meals: Breakfast, lunch (Le Lamparo, Cap-d’Ail)
Morning trip by private car to Beaulieu-Sur-Mer & St-Jean-Cap Ferrat. Visits to Villa Santo Sospir www.villasantosospir.fr, Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild www.villa-ephrussi.com, and Villa Grecque Kerylos www.villa-kerylos.com. Return to Antibes, or walk along the coast from Cap d’Ail . take the train back to Antibes.
-Friday October 6, 2017
Meals: Breakfast, lunch, (La Colombe d’Or) dinner (A chef will come to our house to cook)
Morning trip by private car to St-Paul de Vence, and Vence. A small quiet medieval village looking out to the sea until discovered by the likes of Picasso, Marc Chagall, Yves Montand, Roger Moore, and others. Stroll thru cobblestone streets, shop for pottery, look into art galleries, visit the Fondation Maeght, www.fondation-maeght.com the region’s finest art museum. The collection of 20th century art is one of the largest in Europe. In Vence, We will stop in the Chapelle du Rosaire, www.vence.fr/the-rosaire-chapel.com Henri Matisse’s last work and what he considered to be his masterpiece. Leisurely afternoon at the beach, walking around Antibes, shopping.
-Saturday October 7, 2017
Transfer to Nice Airport for the trip back to JFK or LAX.
Total cost of trip: $4,220.
-Grasse Perfume museum and centre for Fragonard and Galimard
-Evening at the Monte-Carlo Casino
-Walk from Cap D’Ail along the coast, take the train back to Antibes
-Musee Matisse www.musee-matisse-nice.org
-Biot a charming 15th-century hilltop village, one time headquarters of the Knights Templars.
-Paris, 3 nights
-Coach airfare LAX or JFK- Nice- LAX or JFK
-7 Breakfasts, 7 lunches, 3 dinners
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-Transfer to/from Nice airport; private van for day trips
-Local train, tram fares
-Private home: 4 bedrooms, each with ensuite bath, gourmet kitchen, wifi, cable tv, terrace w/grill, washer/dryer, l’Occitane products in bathrooms, beach towels
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