This post is dedicated to my friends Astrid and Helge before they leave for the French Riviera or Cote dÁzur. Hopefully they will as Picasso in 1946 enjoy the "Joie de Vivre" in Antibes and some of the other beautiful places like Cannes, Juan-les-Pins, Saint Paul de Vence, Nice, Monaco and Eze Village.
Antibes is a resort town located between Cannes and Nice. The costal line of Antibes may be rockyso the beaches at Juan-les-Pins with the jazz festival (the sister city to New Orleans) may be an alternative for sunbathing. This town is in walking distance from Antibes.
In Antibes the streets are narrow and difficult to pass with carsbut you will for sure find (and may be join) the locals playing Petanque.Where ever you go remember not to pass the Restaurant Albert 1 without experience their fantastic seafood.
Staying at Antibes gives also a possibility to visit Cannes. The city with the international annual film festival is a wonderful shopping eldorado.and a stroll at The Promenade de la Croisette makes you feel upper class.From Antibes there are 16 km to the jewel of Provence Saint Paul de Vence.
Saint-Paul was founded in the 9th century. Before long, castrum Santo Paulo (the château of Saint-Paul) dominated the entire village. The only surviving part of the castle today is its dungeon.As Rome Saint-Paul has its "fountain" where you have to throw coins in for the reason to returnThe streets are narrow as in Antibes, but here there is no cars at all.
We had rain during our off season visit in autumn 2000 and the possibility to see without queuing all over was a lovely experience.
Close to Saint-Paul the Fondation Maeght is located. Chagal and Miro are of course represented in the gallery:but in addition Hans Hartung can be seen between July 3 and November 16 this year. He and his Norwegian wife Anna-Eva Bergman is also to be found at the picasso museum in Antibes.Tomorrow I will give you some of our experiences east of Antibes towards the border to Italy.