WITH THE TUNES OF SACHA DISTEL IN "ALLEZ VOUS DONC FAIRE BRONZE” WE ARE OFF FEW DAYS TO THE DISCOVERY (OR REDISCOVERY) OF PROVENCE, FROM THE MUSEUM OF PABLO PICASSO IN ANTIBES to LE SMARTIES, WEARING A CHLOÈ PINK SWIMSUIT AND STRIPED TUNIC (INEVITABLE) DESIGNED BY TALENTED SIMON PORTE JAQUEMUS OF "JE M'APPELLE SIMON, J'AIME LE BLEU TE LE BLANC, RAYURES LES, LES FRUITS, MARSEILLE ET LES ANNES 80”
The special treat would be to visit Nice, Cannes and Antibes on board of a convertible Mercedes from the ’50 or driving an Honda as Françoise Hardy did in the 70‘.
We come out of a clear blue sea and an equipped and crowded beach in Nice, spoilt for the choice for the amount of beach clubs available (just below the range of 40 € per day). For the the evening an alternative and particular bar is Le Smarties (10 rue Défly) with its the retro-hip. Funky sofas and TV 70 ‘plasma screens replace classic reserved tables.
Besides the museum Pablo Picasso (Mariéjol Place), is definitely worth to try baguette and croissants from Boulangerie Veziano (2 Rue de la Pompe) to which was commissioned the patisserie Prince Albert of Monaco wedding.
The film icons have passed and inevitably will pass by the Cannes Film Festival, where in summer (this year from June 12th to August 31st) ninety shots of from the most important and influential fashion photographers of the contemporary age will be exposed on the Croisette (Rose Gardens, Palm Beach, Casino Space and Miramar) for the “Festival international photographie mode & beautè”.
To sleep, a quick (but accurate) research there will definitely lead you to find a small apartment to rent for a few days, perhaps with swimming pool, not hard to find in the French Riviera. If then, instead the pool described, you find the one where Russell Crowe in “A Good Year” goes to float washed down with a vindictive Marion Cotillard, everything will still have that French taste that you were looking for, escaping from the stifling heat of the city.
Text by Luisa Pagani