Et dieu…créa Cap d’Antibes

DSC01692Having just flown back home from Cap d’Antibes and still in a holiday mood, I thought I’d share a day in and around Cap d’Antibes.

Our ideal morning starts off with a swim with locals in the sea on the west side near the tower ruin in the water. Near this little beach to our left we see our favorite modernist house built by a Florida socialite, called the Villa Aujourd’hui.

Villa Aujourd'hui

Villa Aujourd’hui

After our dip we head off for the picturesque Marché Provencal in the old Antibes town where we have our daily coffee break sitting between the food stalls with their regional delicatesses. We take a right at the basket shop on the corner and walk down the rue Sade with its small purveyors of hats, linnen ware, handy French kitchen utensils and Languiole knives.  On the square at the bottom of the street, we stroll around the antiques market on Saturday where we find vintage curiosités.

antique market

antique market

For lunch we head off to Plage Keller where we enjoy their famous emincés d’artichauts crus à la douce anchoïade. After lunch we either doze off on one of Kellers beds or we go snorkeling for marine life or for the miniature underwater french town originally built as a film set which never got made.

underwater

 

Definitely worthwhile is the walk around the Cap, best known as the tour du Cap. It starts next to Plage Keller and ends at the Villa Eileen Roc.

tour du Cap

tour du Cap

By the way, when there in June, don’t forget to book tickets for one of the open air operas at the Villa Eileen Roc. It must be said though that the crickets do have a concert of their own in the background which tends to get quite noisy and at times will garner more standing ovations than the concert! The setting, however, is worth every bit of sound pollution.

Another interesting walk is up to the church by the Phare de la Garoupe which houses the stories and the relics of many who lost their lives out at sea. Do check the churches opening hours not to be disappointed. The panoramic view outside is fantastic.

Our evening starts off with drinks at the Eden Roc bar near the pool while enjoying the view of Golfe Juan and Cannes.

Hotel du Cap - Eden Roc

Hotel du Cap – Eden Roc

Our favorite restaurant for dinner is Michelangelo in the old Antibes where we like to sit in the garden sipping our glas of cooled wine with their delicious salade de poulpe and reflect on a wonderful day. After dinner we stroll to the port to check out the super yachts behind the old wall.

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Ah, la vie est belle!

Coco, 1938 by Jacques Henri Lartigue

Coco, 1938 by Jacques Henri Lartigue

The Duke and Duchess of Windsor, 1936

The Duke and Duchess of Windsor, 1936

Vieille Antibes

Vieille Antibes

 

 

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