Antibes

09/09/2016

This is going to be a pretty brief post. But by no means is that an indication of how little I liked the town. It’s more that we didn’t stay long. It’s not as well-know as Nice, Cannes or Monaco, but the striking seaside town of Antibes is definitely worth a visit if you’re exploring the Cote d’Azur.

After hopping off the bus, we made our way down to old town, where we caught the end of the fresh food market. The narrow streets of Antibes’ old town , which feature stone buildings, colourful shutters, and trees and vines growing up and over the exterior of homes, were simply beautiful.

Also scattered throughout the town were bronze sculptures of men, propped up on metal stilts, in various acrobatic poses. They make up an exposition called “A Ciel Ouvert” by Nicolas Lavarenne.

From old town we walked down to the port to check out the yachts and see Le Nomade. Created by Jaume Plensa, Le Nomade is a large sculpture of a man sitting with his knees pulled into his chest, looking out over the Mediterranean. There was a small sand beach beside the port. It’s a shame we didn’t think to bring our beach stuff because it was a pretty warm day and the water looked super inviting. Instead, we escaped the heat by wandering through the Pablo Picasso museum.

Lunch was at a small bistro called Le Bistrot du Don Juan, which was delightfully decorated with fresh produce. Bunches of garlic and chilli hanging from the ceiling. Crates of tomatoes, capsicums, white eggplant (which I had never seen before), and chokos out the front. Instead of flowers, the tables were decorated with tomatoes, capsicums, celery, herbs, etc. Each table also had a vase or colander of lemons, which you were welcome to cut and squeeze over lunch. The food was superb. Simple, fresh and light. We had calamari in garlic, carpaccio of tomatoes and stuffed zucchini flowers. I’d say this bistro is up there with Café du Soleil in Lyon as one of our best meals out.

After lunch, we gradually meandered to the bus station to head back to Nice. Although it was only a brief visit, it was a lovely one.

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