25.05.2014 - 03.07.2014 26 °C
After what seemed an endless winter, summer finally arrived just in time for our stay on the French Riviera. On advise from one of our French hosts we decided to spend our week in Antibes, located between Cannes and Nice. On arrival we all fell in love with the area and immediately extended our seven night stay to 10 nights. I would be spending my birthday on the French Riviera!!!!
Our apartment was located in the old town about a five minute walk to the beach and the harbour. The village certainly had that summer holiday feel with everyone looking relaxed and enjoying the traditional French surroundings.
Most of our time at Antibes was spent relaxing at the beach and even though the water was freezing we did manage a few swims. A lot of our time was spent admiring the many super yachts that were either moored in the harbour or just off shore. Our time at Antibes coincided with the end of the Cannes Film Festival and the Monaco Grand Prix, so I’m guessing this is how the rich and famous relax after work!!!
On the few occasions we dragged ourselves off the beach we headed into Monaco, Nice, Saint Tropez and Cannes. Monaco was a bit disappointing. A concrete jungle with a small harbour, it was nothing but an opportunity for the cashed up to flaunt their incredible wealth. Sports cars and designer labels a must. The drive to Monaco takes you past Villerfranche, possibly the most beautiful bay in existance.
Nice was beautiful, the highlight being the beach stretching in front of amazing hotels and architecture. The water was a brilliant shade of blue, however not a grain of sand was to be seen. The beach consisted of pebbles and stones so a deckchair is necessary, not a problem for the French. All along the beachfront designated areas are full of sun lounges, umbrellas and bars. If your willing to pay its a great way to spend the day at the beach.
Finally we visited Cannes. Again, another beautiful beach, this time with sand. Designer stores, beautiful restaurants and hotels lined the foreshore. Markets are everywhere in France and Cannes was no exception, however this market sold pre-loved designer wear, bags and shoes, not a fruit or vegetable in sight.
Saint Tropez is another playground for the rich. We did not get much time to spend here but it was the only place I have seen a Christian Dior cafe.
Once again, our time here came to end all to quickly. We have definitely loved our time in France and were fortunate to be able explore more than just the Eiffel Tower.
Next stop Barcelona.