When people ask why I keep returning to the south of France, I always reply: There are other places in the world with scenic topography, comfortable weather, beautiful beaches and even great food. The French Riviera is the one where museums show work from an impressive array of my favorite artists, alphabetically from Arp, to Bonnard, Braque, Chagall, Dufy, Giacometti, Leger, Matisse, Miro, Picasso, Renoir, Signac and Seurat to van Dongen. These 10 small, easy-to-maneuver museums in and near Nice can be enjoyed in an hour or less, the perfect length of time to introduce young people to the great artists who lived and worked on the Cote d’Azur.
With technology advancing faster than ever, children globally are becoming attached to devices. Adults too. Our Netflix queue and ever-expanding inbox call our names even when we’re on vacation. We carry distractions with us everywhere, and it’s becoming increasingly difficult to truly connect with your loved ones.
With Europe’s coastline measuring a whopping 24,000 miles, it’s not surprising Europeans are fascinated by the sea and its creatures. And as global warming causes rising ocean levels, there is increasing attention in coastal countries to the wide-ranging impact of the sea. Five outstanding aquariums offer children and adults a glimpse into the sea, its creatures and its effect on our lives.
The Marché, with its exquisitely presented fresh food stalls is as typical to France as are cafés, croissants and café au lait. It’s where locals and tourists shop for fresh ingredients, from staples such as olives, olive oil, truffles and herbes de Provence to gorgeously arranged fruits and vegetables to pre-cooked meals. Many sample delicacies while walking, shopping, snacking; other take the goodies to the beach or a perfect piquenique.