Oh la la! We visited several spots along the French Riviera this past year and all were gorgeous and tres chic.
Our first stops were Cannes and Cap D’Antibes. There we witnessed where the truly wealthy Europeans come to play. The yachts in the harbor were many and massive. The shops were exclusive and their staff appropriately snobby. Not our cup of tea, but we did enjoy the fantastic outdoor farmers market where we sampled all sorts of French delicacies and warmed ourselves with amazing cafés and croissants.
On to our favorite French spot, St. Paul-de-Vence, an artsy village perched high on a hill with outstanding views of the Cote D’Azur. St. Paul is a tiny, well preserved medieval village with winding, narrow and steep stone pathways, old buildings and ramparts. You can really feel the history oozing out of its pores. We were fortunate to be visiting during the off season because in the busy summer the small streets are packed wall to wall with tourists. We were lucky that it was only us and a few others wandering around. Another interesting characteristic of St. Paul is that it is a true artist’s paradise. In fact, Chagall once lived in St. Paul. Every other storefront in this tiny town is an art gallery with creations of every type, mostly modern and eclectic. It was fun browsing and seeing all the odd things an artistic mind can create.
Our final French city was Marseilles. We visited this busy port town and did a little shopping and then found a café on the harbor front and had a great lunch. Magnifique!