Côte d’Azur favourites

Chef and Sue got the TGV from Paris to the south of France and rolled along the coast into Antibes near Nice. There we got a cab to Juan les Pins and arrived at Hotel Juana, a little art deco gem by the park of pine trees and a stroll from the sea. The room was lovely, and the bathroom huge, but the best feature has to be the little marble pool at the front where lots of time was spent swimming and drinking coffee.

The sea front is lined with bars and restaurants on the beach and one of our favourites was Helios Plage where we sank Provence rosé and ate pasta and fish on the soft sand. For a fine dining experience we loved Le Perroquet by the park – especially for the vegetarian plate created for me, and the quiet luxury of the dining room with low lit lamps on tables.

For sophisticated fun – read drinking blue cocktails from a shell – Pam Pam is a boon. It’s right on the main street in town and offers tiki decor, wild drinks and great people watching.

Nice is only a half hour on the train, so we headed there for Crossover Festival to see Metronomy and Charlotte Gainsbourg. Before the gig we visited MAMAC – Nice’s contemporary art gallery, where you can walk around the roof and look out over the orange and white city all the way to the sea. Then back on the ground in Place Yves Klein, it’d be crazy not to stop for a cheeseboard and some pale rosé at C’Factory – perfect. Chef’s Kiss!

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