Collected by Diane McCusker
1 Rue de la Castre, 06400 Cannes, France
One of the best views of Cannes is from the Eglise Notre-Dame de l'Esperance, a beautiful 14th century church on top of Suquet Hill in Cannes' Old Town. A little bit of a steep climb but definitely worth it.
Prom. Amiral de Grasse, 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...
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...
Le Pont du Loup, 06140 Tourrettes-sur-Loup, France
Take a guided tour of the factory and pick up candies and jams made from local rose, jasmine, and violets. —Edward Readicker-Henderson D2210, Le Pont du Loup, 33/(0) 4-93-59-32-91. This appeared in the August/September 2013 issue.
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...
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...
Route de la Turbie, France
To say that the drive from Nice to Monaco is scenic, is an understatement. After driving around a bend on the mountain, everyone on our tour bus suddenly rushed to one side and pressed up against the windows trying to get a snap of this GORGEOUS...
158 Avenue de Verdun, 06360 Èze, France
Regular tours of the Fragonard distillery explain the 400-year history of the French perfume industry and give a unique peek into how luxury fragrances are created today. A small museum also details the longer history of perfume in the world and...
Rue du Barri, 06360 Èze, France
A breathtaking view of dramatic cliffs diving into the sparkling azure seas sets the scene for a spectacular meal of seasonal specialties by Michelin two-star chef Ronan Kervarrec that may be perfectly paired with any one of 15,000 bottles of wine...
1 Avenue Ephrussi de Rothschild, 06230 Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat, France
The exclusive town of St. Jean Cap Ferrat is home to the Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild, a Renaissance-style palace with sumptuous furnishings and one of the most famous gardens in France. Beginning with a traditional French garden, the land is by...
Place du Casino, 98000 Monaco
With the Monte Carlo casino and cosmopolitan shopping within walking distance, and the beautiful French countryside a short drive, Monte Carlo has the best of both worlds. A visit to a French perfume factory and a small village with tiny authentic...
18039 Ventimiglia, Province of Imperia, Italy
On my first afternoon in Italy, everything caught my eye, including this façade with a barber's sign in the town of Ventimiglia. Otherwise nondescript, the addition of the balcony above with just one item of laundry made this scene for me; I had...
18038 Sanremo, Province of Imperia, Italy
Cinque Terre may get all the glory when the topic of the Riviera is brought up but I think the lesser-known Sanremo is delightful in its own way. Because it's a town that stretches for such a great distance along the Mediterranean and has...
1 Place du Thouron, 83440 Seillans, France
La Gloire de mon Père is a sweet little family-run restaurant in this movie-set like "place" centered around an exuberant fountain under gorgeous old oak trees. The food was great, the service was patient (we had a few kids in tow), our fellow...
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...
06230 Villefranche-sur-Mer, France
We found ourselves wandering the quiet streets of Villefranche-sur-Mer on a quiet Sunday morning. It was the first stop on our 7-night Mediterranean honeymoon cruise and, while our other passengers bused off to Nice or Monte Carlo, we found...
32 Prom. des Anglais, 06000 Nice, France
It was a great sunny day, after a walk along Nice's pebble beach, we found this restaurant facing the waves. The lunch Manu was very simple yet still very hard to just pick one dish. It's the first time I tried the raw artichoke salad (beside...
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