Why I simply adore French Riviera
The French Riviera (or Côte d’Azur) is the Mediterranean coast of southeastern France. It includes famously glamorous beach resorts such as Saint-Tropez and Cannes and the independent small state of Monaco.
A health retreat in the 18th century.
Although the area later is attracting aristocrats, artists and the sixties “jet set”.
Today it’s an established holiday destination, with paths connecting many coastal villages and towns.
The apotheosis of elegance and luxury
The itinerary “The Painter’s Côte d’Azur” examines how this region was seen by the great artists (Monet, Renoir, Picasso, Dufy…
From Antibes to the National Picasso Museum “War and Peace”. By way of the Maeght Foundation, that won the painter’s passion for the Côte d’Azur.
The Greek Villa of Kerylos, the Cimiez Arenas and the Tropaeum Alpium are ample evidence of strong ties.
Its’ linking the Côte d’Azur to Antiquity. Through legacy or direct imitation.
The Villa Ephrussi Rothschild, the Chapelle Notre-Dame des Fontaines or the Notre-Dame Sanctuary of Laghet… They show just how much Italy has influenced the architecture of the Côte d’Azur. Not to forget the Russian Church and the Chagall Museum in Nice. Or the new Jean Cocteau Museum (Severin Wunderman collection) in Menton.
Cannes, Saint-Jean Cap Ferrat, and Nice have long been the favored pleasure grounds of International Aristocracy, which has left an indelible mark on these towns. It’s the apotheosis of elegance and luxury from the Promenade des Anglais to La Croisette and from yachts to palaces.
The hinterland is teeming with sites of great renown. Grasse and its perfume shops, St. Paul of Vence, and the Napoleon Route which links Golfe-Juan to Grenoble over 300km.
Full range of flavours of Provencal cuisine
Discover the full range of flavours of Provencal cuisine from Michelin starred restaurants to more typical establishments. Sample such traditional recipes as: pissaladière (a pizza-like dish), niçoise salad, raviolis, gnocchi, daube (a red meat stew marinated in red wine), stockfish (dried fish, usually cod),ratatouille, farcis niçois (vegetables stuffed with meat and herbs), tourte de blette (Swiss Chard Tart)…
And the colorful market stalls overflow because of sun kissed locally sourced produce.
Gourmet specialties (honey, candied fruits), craft products and flower fragrances.
Not to forget Vallauris pottery and glass artworks from Biot.
The Mimosa Festival, The Lemon Festival in Menton, the Nice Carnival, all these summer pyrotechnics lend a festive color to your stay on the Riviera. The Cannes International Film Festival opens the season with a series of prestigious cultural and artistic events, followed by the Nice Jazz Festival and Jazz in Juan. For children, there is Marine land and the Phoenix Floral Park which are just ideal destinations for family outings.
The French Riviera enjoys exceptionally sunny weather with a great many treasures on offer: an outstanding cultural heritage, sublime landscapes that served to inspire the greatest artists, munificent and well preserved countryside, tranquil hilltop villages, sun-soaked Mediterranean cuisine, a generous lifestyle, and many important international events.
And this is why I simply adore french riviera!