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Europe » France » Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur » Antibes August 9th 2019

We drove to La Turbie yesterday so today we decided to let the car rest, it's had enough trauma for a day. Tom and I have been wanting to test the local trains anyway so we headed down to the Gare (station) to check out the schedule. We found that the trains that come into Villefranche-sur-Mer run about every half hour and stop at most of the towns along this beautiful coastline, it's a milk run. We decided that today would be a good day to head out to Antibes by the sea as the day is hot and very humid. We are dripping wet as we wait for the next train West. We are feeling particularly lucky as we boarded because this train is air conditioned, it really helped as it was crowded with local ... read more
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rampart view of Cap d'Antibes
Marche Provencal

Europe » France » Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur » Antibes September 5th 2017

We continue to travel east along the French coast and anchored out in Rad Agay, a calm evening allowing us to enjoy the night sky. There was only one other boat there at the time of our arrival and only 2 other boats joined us before the evening was over. We hear that the further we travel east the more crowded places will be, we will enjoy what we have now. One of the towns we want to explore is Antibes, home of the Picasso Museum. We heard that it is quite expensive and crowded there so we will use our same technique as in other places, land in a place nearby and take public transportation to the town we wish to visit. This has been working well so far so will try it again here. ... read more
Other Areas Have Mega Yachts That Kick Up a Wake
Cloud Formations Always Attract My Attention
Lighthouses Are Important Features on the Coastline


We took the train from Nice to Juan les Pins and then it was a relatively short walk our hotel in Antibes. Unfortunately Val's directions were not accurate and we ended up with quite a long walk with our suitcases! Hotel Joffe was very pleasant with our balcony overlooking palm trees and the azure sea.. We strolled into Antibes in the afternoon for a walk around the ramparts and into the old town. We saw lots of yachts and super yachts in the marina. The old town was very interesting with nice buildings and narrow streets. The Chateau Grimaldi a 12th century building houses the excellent Musee Picasso. In 1946 the artist used part of the castle as a studio and donated all of his works completed during his stay. We had a good meal at ... read more
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Antibes coast
Val on Cap d'Antibes walk

Europe » France » Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur » Antibes April 20th 2017

Nous voilà encore en France; donc je vous écris en français. Après 3 longs voyages en voiture ( en passant par l'Allemagne, l'Autriche, l'Italie, nous sommes rentrés en France dans la région des Alpes-Maritimes (Côte d'Azur).Nous avons décidé de chercher un hôtel à Juan les Pins qui est à coté d'Antibes où j'ai passé 3 semaines en 2010. C'est plus charmant que Nice, je trouve. L'hôtel Villa Nina est tout près de la mer, petit, tranquille, et chouette. (Et pas cher!) même au sud de la France, il ne fait pas encore chaud (9 degrées C. à 9 heures du matin!) Demain, nous rendrons notre auto louée après avoir roulé 3,000 km. Puis nous allons à Florence en avion... read more

Europe » France » Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur » Antibes August 11th 2016

I met Stefano last year through Couchsurfing when he kindly hosted me at his place when I travelled around Luxembourg and he told me I must visit him sometime at his holiday apartment in France. Almost a year later, Stefano reminds me if I would be visiting him. He says just pay for your flights, I'll host you and we can go out at sea on my boat. Sounds like an opportunity to not be missed so I book my flights. Day 1 On my arrival to Nice airport, I am greeted by Stefano and another Couchsurfer called Diego who is visiting from Uruguay and travelling around Europe. We first visit Stefano's lovely apartment in Antibes. His apartment is in a luxury secured area with it's own communal swimming pool. I have time to freshen up ... read more
Antibes Marina
Nice views of Antibes
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Europe » France » Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur » Antibes June 28th 2016

Rose made the legendary decision that due to our apartment not having any A/C, fans or any wind flow and we both had not slept well, today we would rent an umbrella and loungers on a beach and sleep today. We planned to go to where the “private” beaches are which as we understand has businesses offering this service, but to the public. 30 Euros picked us a front row umbrella and 2 padded loungers for the day. As an added bonus unlike the rocky beach of Spotorno, this was a pristine white sand beach with only 3 steps from my lounger to the warm water, yes to those who are asking Rose had 2 swims today…A new record. After a late lunch and few more hours of sun worshipping we decided to head back to ... read more
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Europe » France » Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur » Antibes June 27th 2016

A little sad and excited this morning as we realise that today is the last day in Italy, yet excited that today is the first day in France. We head out of Spotorno and decide that Monaco for lunch would be a great start and then Nice before Antibes for the night. After the 100km drive and actually crossing the border in a tunnel we arrive at the turn off to Monaco and the steep descent back to sea level. Our plan was to find one of the many car parks and have lunch by the water. Once the Sat Nav said we are here we targeted a Car park and parked the Car. Our plan was complex, all road down headed to the sea, so that’s where we went. Scuttled by the recent F1 GP, ... read more
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Europe » France » Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur » Antibes July 20th 2015

An invitation out of the blue from my good friend Noël based in Antibes to cruise the cote d"Azure for a week aboard his catamaran Laia. A lovely few days of cruising the coastline, great food, detours to monasteries and stunning ancient buildings and swims. What a delight to be exposed to the culture of the region.... read more

Europe » France » Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur » Antibes June 30th 2015

Hello my fellow travellers! So, mine and Andreas time in France has come to an end, this morning we said our goodbyes to François and thanked him for his kind hospitality. However, since our flight wasn't until the afternoon, we decided to visit one final city on the French Riviera before moving on to Germany. The choice fell on Antibes which is in close proximity to Nice and it was a good choice. Antibes is a very charming small town and it's slow pace was a nice respite to an otherwise fairly crowded French Riviera. We started our exploration of Antibes with a hike up to the nearby Fort Carré. It's a sweaty but good hike and the fort is well worth the effort, it's very well preserved and interesting to visit. Unfortunately we couldn't go ... read more
Fort Carré
Church of the Immaculate Conception
War Memorial

Europe » France » Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur » Antibes October 11th 2014

Two of Antibes’ best known attractions owe their existence to Marshall Vauban (1633-1707), one of the most important men in military history. A soldier’s soldier, humanitarian, social thinker, and engineer extraordinaire, he joined the army in his mid-twenties, rose swiftly, and became Maréchal de France in 1703. He devised a star-shaped fortress with moats, and without “blind spots” where attackers could hide, a style that was copied by military architects everywhere for two centuries. He built 33 forts and fortified towns in both the North and South, modernized weaponry and tactics, and personally directed 53 sieges during that era of protracted warfare. Of significance to Antibes were the upgrading and extension of its fortifications, construction of the breakwater, improvements which made the existing fort virtually impregnable, and the creation of the military ... read more
looking over the Port towards the Fort
Each of these small sailboats spends thousands per year just for docking privilieges.
pleasure sailboats of the merely rich, with Fort in the background




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