Antibes, France

Picasso's guitars

Picasso’s guitars

Antibes is another seaside town that started off as a fishing and trading center, only to turn into a resort area in the 19th century when wealthy Europeans began building summer homes.

A windy view

A grey, windy day

New and old

New and old

16th-century ramparts surround the town.

Market

Market

We caught the Marché Provençal on place Masséna in the old town.

Bell tower

Bell tower

Narrow cobblestone streets run through the old town

Narrow cobblestone streets run through the old town

Among the slew of artists and writers who were drawn to Antibes, Picasso and Graham Greene were particularly enthusiastic.

Outstanding studio view!

Outstanding studio view!

Picasso’s former studio, 14th-century Château Grimaldi, is now Musée Picasso. It houses a comprehensive collection of his work, including paintings, lithographs, ceramics, drawings and sculptures. It’s easy to understand how he was so inspired here.

Looking onto a busy street

Looking onto a busy street

Since it was overcast and rainy, we only took a quick drive around Cap d’Antibes, an area of luxe mansions, rocky coastline and beaches. Fitzgerald based Hôtel des Étrangers on the most famous building, Hôtel du Cap – Eden Roc, in Tender is the Night.

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