Nice and Provence
Collected by Andrew Harrison
Fontvieille, 98000 Monaco-Ville, Monaco
Precious four acres in Fontvieille have been transformed into a public park with a lake, monumental sculptures, and the Princess Grace Rose Garden, boasting 8,000 bushes of 300 different varieties of rose, including the Grimaldi Royal Family’s...
17 Av. Princesse Grace, 98000 Monaco
A reflective disc by Anish Kapoor crowns the historic Place du Casino. A señora by Valdés turns her back to the sea. Walking through the streets of Monaco is a treasure hunt for internationally acclaimed contemporary art, with hidden jewels...
1 Rue du Jésus, 06000 Nice, France
In Nice, gnocchi is made with potatoes and wheat flour. This traditional dish is a favorite in the region, and is often served with daube, a sauce made with wine and meat. Gesu serves the best gnocchi in town. These little dumplings melt in the...
10 Rue de la Paix, 06360 Èze, France
A maze of narrow medieval streets wind up and down this village perched along the Grande Corniche. The ruins of a château are now an exotic garden, and the 18th-century neoclassical Notre Dame of the Assumption church is a national monument....
Place Mariejol, 06600 Antibes, France
Great, small museum in the old Grimaldi Castle in Antibes. The museum was Picasso's studio in 1946 and is filled with his work, including an impressive ceramics collection, as well as work from many other twentieth and twenty-first century...
25 Cours Masséna, 06600 Antibes, France
Antibes, in the south of France, is a bastion of luxury that is often associated with decadent villas, private yachts, and the gorgeous Musée Picasso overlooking the ocean. For us, however, the highlight was an evening spent at the Absinthe Bar...
5 Route de Pégomas, 06130 Grasse, France
Grasse is a picture-perfect village nestled in the French Alps. It has been the perfume capital of the world since the eighteenth century. We visited Grasse while driving along the French Riviera. The village is only 20 kms away from Cannes and 40...
Place du Général de Gaulle, 06570 Saint-Paul-de-Vence, France
The Riviera was a refuge for many artists during the war, and when the owners of La Colombe d’Or in St. Paul de Vence exchanged meals for works of art, they eventually found themselves with a world-class collection. Today, pieces by Fernand...
Boulevard James Wyllie, 06160 Antibes, France
Forget Nice, the beach is rough and pebbly ! To the west of Nice, though, is Antibes, a better base for your French Riviera stay. The beach is so clear, we really felt like we were in the Caribbean. With an amazing view of Nice and the mountains...
6 Rue du Maréchal Joffre, 06400 Cannes, France
Sushi Ki is a fantastic sushi bar in Cannes, France. In addition to their sit down menu there is also a revolving sushi bar that runs through all the tables; allowing you to take edamame, mochi, and multiple sushi rolls as you please. For desert...
6 Rue du Marché Forville, 06400 Cannes, France
This market is open daily from around 8am to 12:30pm. Delicious fresh fruit, vegetables, cheese, meat, seafood, olive oil, flowers and much more. Traditional French open air market and definitely the place to do your food shopping while in Cannes!...
1081 Chemin de la Garoupe, 06160 Antibes, France
Even in the early summer, the average beachgoer may have to jockey for a spot on one of the sandy beaches that dot Cap d'Antibes. This was definitely the case when my husband and I honeymooned in the Riviera. After sunning ourselves at Plage de la...
It would be hard to do better in Provence than in a city that is named after the region, right? Totally right. Aix-en-Provence is the region's most delightful, easily accessible and interesting mid-sized city, and its markets are not to be missed....
453 Avenue Henry Clews, 06210 Mandelieu-la-Napoule, France
Chateau de la Napoule is a beautiful old castle located right on the Mediterranean in the south of France. You can go into the gardens and the inside of the castle or you can lay on the beaches outside. There are many places nearby for small hikes...
108 Quai du Port, 13002 Marseille, France
It isn’t wine or cocktails that mark happy hour for locals in Marseille but Pastis, the anise-flavored drink of choice first commercialized by Paul Ricard during the prohibition of absinthe. Ricard’s recipe and formula– star anise, licorice root;...
4 Rue Beauvau, 13001 Marseille, France
Despite a recent overhaul, this 19th century hotel and former artist hangout in Marseille has retained not only its classic charms – antique furnishings and Provençal fabrics in each of the beautifully-appointed 73 rooms – but its inimitable views...
7 Prom. Robert Laffont, 13002 Marseille, France
This contemporary landscape and park rests atop an ancient castle known as Fort St Jean- forming a dynamic entry plaza for the new Museum of Civilizations. The Museum and building architecture are fantastic, but the park setting and views are...
84220 Gordes, France
The hilltowns of Tuscany may be more famous, but the hilltowns of the Luberon in Provence are equally stunning. One of the prettiest is Gordes. Explore this region by staying in Gordes or nearby Isle Sur La Sorgue. What an spectacular region of...
Arles is a super quaint French town on the south eastern coast of France that is a "must see" if you're looking to travel to France and want to feel like you're "in France." Arles is one of the photogenic places that probably looks a lot like it...
Point Sublime, 04120 Rougon, France
There are plenty of country routes to enjoy in Provence, but the route through the Gorges du Verdon is very scenic and makes for a great road trip. One is really on edge here. The Gorge has an amazingly constructed two-lane road that hugs the...
7 Prom. Robert Laffont, 13002 Marseille, France
Marseille, one of the oldest cities in France and has been Designated as European Capital culture. This amazing building is "The MuCem" ,the first major national museum dedicated to Mediterranean civilizations.Accessible to everybody and with a...
51 Rue des Arènes, 13200 Arles, France
With a small chalkboard that posts the menu for the day, don't come to La Charcuterie for an extensive menu. Instead come for a small list of well prepared dishes, many consisting of the "less popular" parts of the animal. For obvious reasons, the...
2750 Route De La Cride, 13610 Le Puy-Sainte-Réparade, France
Spent an afternoon wandering up and down the hills of this amazing property and art park, filled with sculpture and installations of all kinds, nestled within a vineyard in the hills of Provence. A glass of Rose at the cafe afterward, topped it...
14 Rue de l'École de Pharmacie, 34000 Montpellier, France
Local students are flocking to La Panacée, a splashy new art space in a former pharmacy school, for the mix of experimen- tal exhibitions (say, water calligraphy depicting the history of the toast) and lounges, including a café lit by neon tubes....
16 Rue du Faubourg de la Saunerie, 34000 Montpellier, France
Planning a fromage pilgrimage? Make sure the tiny Crèmerie du Faubourg is on your list. Grab a wedge of the famous blue-veined Roquefort or the pélardons des Cévennes, a soft goat cheese. Owners Cécile Broquere and Nina Alaimo can also suggest...
1-3 Rue de l'Argenterie, 34000 Montpellier, France
The surrounding Languedoc region was plagued by a reputation for producing cheap bulk wines until the recent arrival of craft winemakers. Find the best in Jean Guizard’s Aux Grands Vins de France, Montpellier’s oldest wine shop. Guizard, whose...
13810 Eygalières, France
Eygalieres is an endlessly charming, Provencal town, tucked just outside of the Les Alpilles range. In all of those years living, working and biking through Provence, I found no more perfect place for an espresso stop en route to and from some of...
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