Ralph Lauren Magazine features Andrew Lauren in the Rivera and we love it. The article is point on with his recommendations, having been to all of these locations but one the FONDATION MAEGHT, SAINT-PAUL DE VENCE, which now is on my go to list this Fall. I love the memories that Andrew mentions about traveling with his family as a young boy, especialy about the swim coach, Pierre Gruneberg, gave him some great pointers on the crawl. A "Must" read for sure, go here for more.
I’m sure this is true for so many people, but some of my most romantic ideas about the French Riviera came from watching Alfred Hitchcock’s movie To Catch a Thief,” Andrew Lauren says. Those indelible images of Cary Grant and Grace Kelly whipping around the pine-covered hillsides outside of Cannes in a classic Sunbeam Alpine, with the impossibly turquoise waters of the Mediterranean below, are second only to those of Brigitte Bardot romping through 1960s Saint-Tropez, or the Rolling Stones recording portions of their masterpiece Exile on Main Street at Villa Nellcôte in the early ’70s, for inspiring travelers to head to the southeastern coast of France, otherwise called the Côte d’Azur. But Lauren can add to these his own memories as well, created over several family vacations at the Grand-Hôtel du Cap-Ferrat dating back to his childhood.
“What’s so extraordinary about this area is that even if it’s changed over the years, what always made it great remains,” Lauren says. “It’s still got glamour, French tradition and natural beauty.” Here, a look at some of Lauren’s favorites, both sentimental and otherwise.
ÎLE SAINT HONORAT, CANNES
The quiet island of Île Saint-Honorat is home to a fifth-century abbey and wine-making monks
MARCHÉ FORVILLE, CANNES
An afternoon stroll through Marché Forville is a delight for the senses
L’HÔTEL BELLES RIVES, JUAN-LES-PINS
In the hotel where F. Scott Fitzgerald penned Tender Is the Night, the best way to unwind is with a good book and a Gin Rickey in hand
CASINO DE MONTE-CARLO, MONACO
When the stakes are right, head to the historic Casino de Monte-Carlo
LA CHÈVRE D’OR, EZE
La Chèvre d'Or boasts two Michelin stars and vertiginous views of the Med
FLEA MARKET, ANTIBES
The weekly flea market in Antibes is sure to produce a few unexpected gems
“The water is such a stunning deep shade of turquoise, it’s easy to get a little mesmerized.”
GRAND-HÔTEL DU CAP-FERRAT,
Historic and majestic, the Grand-Hôtel du Cap-Ferrat is patrician glamour in an idyllic setting
LA COLOMBE D’OR, SAINT-PAUL DE VENCE
Nestled in the medieval town of Saint-Paul de Vence, the iconic La Colombe d’Or is the ultimate in bohemian luxury
FONDATION MAEGHT, SAINT-PAUL DE VENCE
Site-specific works by renowned artists such as Joan Miró to Marc Chagall make the Fondation Maeght a modern-art must-see
HÔTEL CAP ESTEL, EZE
Seaside luxury on a private peninsula, Hôtel Cap Estel is the perfect escape in any season.
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