Antibes…Picasso and Napoleon

Bay of Angels

Bay of Angels

Route to date

Route to date

We are at Villeneuve-Loubet, a town on the ‘Bay of Angels’ halfway between Nice and Antibes. The site is a short walk (5 minutes) from the beach.

Cafe on the beach at Villeneuve-Loubet, Nice is on the far horizon.

Cafe on the beach at Villeneuve-Loubet, Nice is on the far horizon.

Mavis is parked in Camping Hippodrome ( N 43.642186 E 7.137281). This is a small and friendly site. It isn’t ACSI but at €25 per night for two adults, two dogs, wifi included and heated indoor pool is OK.

Marina

Marina

In common with a lot of the coast here the shore is packed with posh marinas.

Petit?

Petit?

Looking Back from the Breakwater towards Villeneuve-Loubet

Looking Back from the Breakwater towards Villeneuve-Loubet

High Rise Flat, Riviera style

High Rise Flats, Riviera style

We chose this site for its position on a cycle track joining Nice with Antibes and spent the first day exploring old Antibes.

Cycle Path...dual carriageway...to Antibes

Cycle Path…dual carriageway…to Antibes

The Dog Cart

The Dog Cart

14 miles there and back is a bit much for two middle aged terriers so Colin and Penny get pulled along in their own rickshaw. This does attract a few comments from the locals…there is a ‘Regardez les Chiens!’, or ‘Oh, Les Mignons!’ every so often.

Fort at Antibes

Fort at Antibes

Cycling to Antibes, the first landmark to be seen is Fort Carré. Built in the 16th century on the site of a Roman fortification it was used briefly to imprison Napoleon during the French Revolution. It is seen here overlooking Antibes yacht harbour.

Antibes Cathedral

Antibes Cathedral

Antibes Roman Catholic cathedral.

Alleys of Old Antibes

Alleys of Old Antibes

Old Antibes is a pretty, bustling town which is doing well with a thriving tourist trade, and more than a few very rich yacht owners.

Sign at the Coverted Market

Sign at the Coverted Market

There is a lovely covered market, well worth a visit. It was just open for business in the morning, when we visited. The stalls sell mainly food but a few trinket and souvenir sellers are also dotted about.

Spices

Spices

Spoilt for Choice

Spoilt for Choice

We bought a selection of olives. Delicious.

Musée Picasso

Musée Picasso

This is me, on the ball for once, in front of the Picasso Museum. Picasso lived here for 6 months at the Château Grimaldi in 1946 and it is now a home for more than 200 of his artworks.

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More expensive boats

More expensive boats

After lunch in the town square we walked back along the seafront.

Looking east from Antibes

Looking east from Antibes

Antibes Beach.

Antibes Beach.

Still wearing Shorts.

Still wearing Shorts.

The weather is still good but there is 6 inches of rain forecast here for Tuesday…..we may have to move on soon..

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Rambling about Europe with the Kray Twins (Colin and Penny).

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6 comments on “Antibes…Picasso and Napoleon
  1. Babs and Ecke says:

    Nice to see that you still wearing shorts, we are back in Sweden and it is about 4° C, so it´s not shortstime for us, big hug, Erik and Babs

  2. Jim Palmer says:

    Dear P+N Thanks for another great set of photos, very nostalgic for me because I hitched along that coast from San Remo to Aix as a hairy young student waiting to start med. school. Keep them coming to soften the arrival of the Cumbrian gloom, Jim

  3. Kate says:

    Wonderful, brilliant photos, it is lovely to see you having such a great time. I hope you stay ahead of the rain, and find somewhere just as magnifique at the next stop. X

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