Le Petit Tour de France: Cote d’Azur (Antibes)

My second day-trip during my stay on the Riviera was to Antibes, about 15 miles to the southwest of Nice. It was cloudy, but luckily not raining, so I spent the day walking around the Vieille Ville (“Old City”), and the beautiful ‘promenade’ along the coast. I also visited a wonderful open-air produce market and the Picasso Museum – not a bad way to spend a day!

 

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There are some pretty great door stylings in la Vieille Ville…

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The Antibes Picasso Museum… Unfortunately, photography was prohibited inside, so I only have shots of the exterior of the building (which is admittedly impressive in and of itself – a remodeled Roman fort).  Many of the works in the museum where made by Picasso when he had a studio in this building for a month in 1946 – 23 paintings and 44 drawings!  All in one month!  If only we could all be so productive…

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The open-air market with its delicous food and gorgeous displays…

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The South of France is where I learned to truly love olives…

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The Vieux Port (“Old Port”)…

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Old ramparts by the port are now a pedestrian walkway where I found this interesting sculpture by Jaume Plensa, entitled “Nomade”…

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The view from the ramparts…

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La Plage de la Gravette, where I had a picnic lunch with food from the market…

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Kid sand-art… it’s the best!

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Something I’d never seen before: Shower faucets for rinsing off in the surf… huh?

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La Promenade Amiral de Grasse and its scenic views…

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Along the promenade the sea is on one side and houses are on the other – how wonderful would it be to live there?!

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Walking on the promenade away from la Vieille Ville, you pass the gendarmerie and enter a park, “Square Albert the 1st,” in a more modern section of town…

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Does this street art make anyone else think of Elton John in the opening scenes of his video for “I’m Still Standing?” or is it just me? (I know, I know – I date myself).  The video was filmed in Cannes and Nice – hmmmm…

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Views from the park – la Vieille Ville sits atop the hill in the distance…

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And one last random note:  I always laugh here in the States when I see businesses using French language in their names because they think it adds prestige to their image – like it somehow makes them ‘fancy.’  You know, business that call themselves things like “Le Nails,” etc. … I was delighted to see that this happens in France with English as well… at least, it does here at this store in Antibes…. Ha! Ha!

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And that wraps up my time in Antibes!  Next and final stop on the Côte d’Azur: Walking from Cap d’Ail to Monaco and the border town of Menton… À bientôt!

 

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