On my trip to the South last month, Antibes was my final day trip. A thirty minute train ride along the coast from Nice, Antibes is a relaxed beach town that was originally discovered by the Greeks around the same time as Nice. Today, the town is a relaxed, family-friendly answer to the more hectic Nice and more glitzy Cannes. The town has become a haven for Australians and Kiwis both – and I caught a few of their distinct accents floating above me on rooftop terraces as I wandered the street labyrinth below.
Before the Grimaldi family moved on the bigger, better pieces of real estate, they lived in a mini-palace by the sea. Today, the home is a Picasso Museum. Picasso, who lived in Antibes for some time, left the city a large collection of his paintings in thanks of the inspiration the town had given him. It’s easy to understand, once you’ve stood on the balcony of the Grimaldi home watching the deep blue water wave as the Alps stand at a distance and the ancient city sprawls out inbetween what must have stirred the artist. Once you’ve seen this place, you won’t easily forget it.