High life and culture

High Life and Culture

8 o’clock – to the boulangerie for the day’s essential – freshly-baked bread. If you’re planning a picnic, perhaps buy some pissaladière as well and then some seasonal fruit grown in the Plan de Couan below the village from Madame Aicard’s stall on the market place.

9 o’clock – time to leave for Antibes and the Riviera

Half past 10 – leave the car by the Vieux Port in Antibes and stroll along the quays, past yachts and the ship sized gin-palaces of the
world’s rich and glamorous. Take in the ramparts and fortifications designed by Louis XIV’s great military architect, Vauban.

Half past 11 – time to seek the shade of the old town and an ice-cream. Window shop (or proper shop) in the market and narrow streets.

Half past 12 – lunchtime at one of the restaurants in the old town; relax with sea food and rosé.

Half past 2 – time for culture. Visit the Chateau Grimaldi to see its important collection of Picasso sculpture, ceramics and painting, many of them created when he lived nearby.

Half past 4 –just time to relax in the late afternoon sun on the glamorous beaches of Juan les Pins, before heading back to Les Cantalus, for a gin and tonic and dinner washed down with Domaine d’Astros.