Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Cool Places on the Riviera

We're in Nice for two more days, and have been taking in the sights of the Cote D'Azur. This is the beach at Les Issambres, between St Tropez and St Raphael:

But the true Riviera experience is to be had at St Jean-Cap Ferrat, where we discovered the Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild. This was built by Baroness Beatrice Ephrussi de Rothschild in 1912. Apparently Pink is preforming in Nice tonight not far from us, but frankly we overdosed on pink today. Apparently it was the Baroness's favourite colour, to the extent that flamingoes were her favourite animal. This is the front facade of the villa (see what I mean?):

Even her exquisite collection of Sevres porcelain was displayed against a pink background:

This is the interior, which is designed in the style of Italian Renaissance villas:

Even the furniture has a rosy hue, including these seats for the pets:

The gardens are wonderful, with fountains gushing to music every twenty minutes:

The tearoom. This is what I call a room with a view:
There are several gardens themed after different countries, as the Baroness was a keen traveller. Not sure whether this is the Florentine or Spanish garden, but they're all spectacular:

After our visit we went to nearby Beaulieu-Sur-Mer, to the Villa Grecque Kerylos. This was built by archeologist Theodore Reinach in 1908, and is a reproduction of a first-century Athenian villa, which he and his family actually lived in. My favourite room was this bathroom with a three-foot deep bath:

From every window the view was fantastic. The yellow blob in the water is a guy on a lilo who looks like he has just swum off one of the many luxury yachts:

Who would want to be anywhere else?

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