Saturday, September 15, 2007

Antibes: The Florida of France

Yesterday we took the train west to visit Musee Picasso in Antibes. The only interest I had in Antibes was to visit the museum, so it was quite a disappointment when we arrived to find that it was closed for renovation until next summer. We decided to explore a bit and make the best of it anyhow, even though I was possibly pouting a bit at the thought of all those Picassos being unavailable to me. As we walked around, I couldn't help but feel that I'd been there before, or at least been somewhere like it. Which is odd, really, since on the Riviera I've never wandered west of Nice. And then it hit me: This was the French version of Cocoa Beach, Florida. The tourist trap shops, the non-descript buildings, the well-manicured lawns, the nearby water...the senior citizens. We had found the Riviera hotspot for the retired. And also those who would like to buy a yacht in a well-appointed showroom.


It seems we've become regulars already in a few choice spots, including, but not limited to:
1. Fenocchio Maitre Glacier (I prefer the chocolat banane crepe.)
2. Spar (all manner of cheap delicious things, including sparkling limonade and fair trade chocolate)
3. Kebab Izmir (where I am still trying to figure out how to order the fries with the kebab, not in the kebab)
4. The square where we can get WiFi. We'll sit at a table if there's one available, but leaning against the fountain is just fine, too.


Things we have seen other people doing, in which we have not participated:
1. Parasailing
2. Renting Sea Doos to tool around the coastal waters
3. Sunbathing topless
4. Boarding yachts
5. Riding motorcycles while wearing stylish pumps

I guess we're kind of boring.

1 comment:

cara said...

i'm just a crazy commenter tonight. and you are not boring. boring would be Henri and i. we won a free cruise to the Mexican Riveria and didn't even get off the boat on some stops. that's boring. i couldn't tear Henri away from the shrimp table. sounds like you are having a good time, in your own way. thankfully it sounds like you also have fun in the same way. and that's important in a mare-ee-awge.