After the first circuit in the South East of France (see post), this is a second circuit in the French Riviera. I enjoy vacationing in the south east of France. There is so much variety, from Marcel Pagnol’s desert hills in the provincial countryside for some alone time to Saint-Tropez’ glitter and excitement.
This time, we are visiting friends scattered from Saint-Tropez to Monaco. I envy their lifestyles : sun all year round, beach activities after work, unaffordable cars and gorgeous venues. Anyways, that is what they are telling me. Even when one is living in a little cabin in Monaco, one can live vicariously the lives of the uber wealthy.
Cannes. No introductions needed. Great place for shopping, private beaches and escorts spotting. Locals advise not to go in May during the Festival season as prices surge and May is the rainiest season for the French Riviera.
The Lucien Barrière Majestic Barrière hotel in Cannes has one of the most sought after pontoon, a really beautiful party venue, where you make sure everyone wants to get in. But I really love the InterContinental private beach. They hold lots of events and there is always a chance of bumping into an acquaintance or a friend. For instance, we were just enjoying this wonderful fireworks show and right after, we bumped into my friend L who happened to be in Cannes for her country’s festival. There are so many different festivals in Cannes, there are even ones for countries.
Unfortunately, I do not personally know anyone owning a beautiful mansion such as the one in Hitchcock’s To Catch a Thief. Then again I have to choose my friends more carefully, not only on beauty contest criteria. So I was really eager to go to the Villa Ephrussi which is open to the public, that is to me.
It was built by Béatrice Ephrussi de Rothschild after her separation from her husband, Maurice Ephrussi. Béatrice’s story is the stuff telenovelas are made from : daughter of the Baron Rothshild, one of the wealthiest bankers in the world, she married Maurice, another wealthy banker. Sadly, he constantly cheated on her, gave her a disease preventing her from having children, and got into so much debt- as much as the equivalent of today’s 30 million Euros- that the Rothschild family sued him to help Béatrice divorce. Fortunately, she obtained her divorce and at her father’s death, inherited a considerable fortune enabling her to build her winter’s quarters, the Villa Ephrussi. Let’s just say one can do many things with a little money.
The Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild has 9 themed gardens, such as the Japanese one that appealed to my Asian roots of course.
Here is the last peek outside of the Villa. My indoors pictures are not good enough to be posted. So where is my dream mansion? Is it the Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild… … or the Villa Kerylos, a greek-style property that actually inspired the Villa Ephrussi. See, Béatrice de Rothschild, the creator of la Villa Ephrussi, was the wife of Fanny Reinach’s cousin, Maurice Ephrussi. And Fanny Reinach was married to Théodore, a kind of Indiana Jones, but passionate about Ancient Greece.
Yeah, sort of like Indiana Jones. Ahem… He did have the same imagination though. He and Fanny led the lifestyles of Euripides and Sapho. Or so they imagined their lives to be like.
My pictures are blurry so please rush to Beaulieu and go visit this amazing villa. Then we rushed to Monaco to meet up some friends at the Before Bar. I only have people pictures there so I cannot post them because we are so ugly :D. However, 2 pieces of advice. If you are in a hurry or do not have a car, do not get into a taxi. Take the helicopter. Also, always check your bill or else you will wind up with your Ruinard crazy neighboring table – which I did. Then we rushed again to meet other friends in Saint Tropez. Saint Tropez is a people watching touristy village. We were starstruck this time by beautiful Uma Thurman and some other famous forgettable people. But in spite of the hype, Saint Tropez is truly a beautiful place to spend some time in. It is very charming and one never gets bored there, provided one is not afraid to splurge.
People and yacht watching at the Senéquier. This is a Tom Collins, one of my all time favorite drinks with the Bramble in Capri… to each vacation spot its drink… In the evenings, this is a great place for escort girls spotting.
Once again, I cannot post more pictures as I did take many shots of my friends and us. And you know we are too ugly… Unlike this calorie bomb, the secret cocktail at the White House.
We also went to Grasse… Such a disappointment. The city looked literally tired, exhausted. We ended this South East tour at Mougins… Mougins is a great place where some of my best friends grew up in. But I did not think about taking pictures other than people shots. A très vite !