We woke up to grey skies and the threat of rain, but we weren’t gonna let that ruin our day…
After early breakfast in our hotel we took the car towards Antibes and upon arrival we left the luggage at Hotel Juana to then head off to the Picasso Museum.
A land of inspiration
Formerly known as Château Grimaldi, this museum was the first in the world to be entirely dedicated to Picasso’s work and was inaugurated while he still lived.
Looking at the incredible view this castle has of the Mediterranean Sea, it was just so clear to me, why he felt so drawn to moving in and use it as his studio for a while.
I’ve always liked art, but I must admit I’m not an expert, nor have I ever been too curious to learn much about it… but this visit really inspired me to!
After our guide took us around, making us guess the symbolism behind each piece and explained what or who inspired their creation; it really made me want to do the same with the work of other artists!
After this uplifting visit, we went ahead to the local farmer’s market where we did some shopping and tasted local curated meats with baguette.
The next stop in our itinerary was the Patisserie Cottard, where I had the yummiest green risotto ever!
At the end of our lunch we had the opportunity to meet the chef Christian Cottard himself, who was incredibly welcoming and kind!
He allowed Wendy and I to go crazy organizing a “Pastry Party”, picking heaps of colorful desserts to gram the gorgeous marble table (which used to be at his father’s first pastry shop) in search of the “perfect flatlay” ^^
He let us climb up chairs, turned off the light of the room and even lent us a stepladder; all to the amusement and confusion of the other customers. The most accommodating host I’ve ever encountered!
Following lunch, we were supposed to go on a short sailing trip, but the rain forced it to be cancelled, so we just took the car and rode around to see the beautiful scenery.
As the weather wouldn’t make up its mind between sun and rain, we had to forego any other outdoor activity; so we took it as an opportunity to get a little tour around our hotel “Juana” and the renowned “Belles Rives” which is located just a short walk away.
Our hotel had such a cool vibe with lots of colors and shapes adorning every corner!
It’d be hard to choose which one I found more difficult; they are both lavishly adorned in an Art Déco style, yet are very different.
I fell in love with the vibrant staircase and common area of the Juana Hotel, but I swooned over the white/gold cabin-like rooms of the Belles Rives Hotel.
An interesting fact is that, the Belles Rives Hotel used to be the “Villa Saint-Louis”, where author F. Scott Fitzgerald and his wife lived after the first World War and was the place that saw him write the masterpiece “Tender is the night”.
It is always an otherworldly experience, to see places that hold so much history… I live for moments like that!
Of course, we had to have a drink at the bar of this fascinating place overlooking the very green light that he uses as a symbol on “The Great Gatsby”.
After “apéro” we headed back to our Hotel to have dinner at the restaurant “Le Bistrot Terrasse”, where we spent hours chatting and eating many more desserts.
Although at the end of the day I was extremely tired, I knew I was going to go to bed and spend hours staring at my cellphone… so I decided against it, turned it off and treated myself to a bubble bath.
What a wonderful way to top off that day.
The following morning, waking up at Juana Hotel…
A big thanks to the Côte d’Azur Tourism Board for hosting us!
Musée Picasso Place Mariejol, 06600 Antibes
Patisserie Cottard 8 Boulevard Dugommier, 06600 Antibes
Hotel Juana 19 Avenue Georges Gallice, 06160 Antibes Juan-les-Pins
Hotel Belles Rives 33 Boulevard Edouard Baudoin, 06160 Antibes Juan-les-Pins
This trip was done in collaboration with, and under the expense of Atout France for journalistic purposes.
All comments depicted in this article are a 100% authentic, based on my personal experience.