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Antibes in 2 Days

Antibes in 2 Days: Moonlight and Absinthe

Antibes in 2 Days

I’ve dreamed I’d visit Antibes for as long as I can remember. When thoughts of the tiny dot-of-a-place on the French Rivera came to mind, I’d imagine myself lounging on the deck of a massive yacht. Sipping champagne. Dining in the moonlight.

Sigh…

Little did I imagine I’d live within a morning’s drive of Antibes. Yes. Dreams do come true…

Although no yacht was waiting for me (sigh…), the sights and sounds of Antibes were truly memorable. I don’t know when I’ve taken so many photos in such a short time — just two days in Antibes.  Everywhere I turned, there was a fantastic door or window to photograph. A partially hidden alley. A striking piece of artwork in a courtyard. It was a feast of colors, shapes, images, and sounds.

Views of the coastline were breathtaking. 

Antibes in 2 Days
Antibes in 2 Days

Portholes through stone walls had their own glimpse of the sea.

Antibes in 2 Days

Yachts were everywhere

Antibes in 2 Days

Sidewalk cafes were just as inviting as I imagined they’d be. 

Antibes in 2 Days

Antibes in 2 Days

The marketplace and stores around town were filled with fresh products, souvenirs, and tourists.

Walking around the Old Town of Antibes (Le Vieil Antibes) three or four times during my visit, I saw much I’d imagined. What I wasn’t expecting was that every narrow street seemed to be more picturesque than the last.

Antibes in 2 Days

Also, I never imagined such spectacular public artwork. Everywhere. 

There was a gigantic sculpture of “words” by Catalan artist Jaume Plensa —  Nomade.

Antibes in 2 Days

And the works of  Nicolas Lavarenne. His graceful statues were artfully placed through the streets and ramparts of Old Town Antibes. 

Antibes in 2 Days
Antibes in 2 Days

Only on exhibit for the summer, the striking and athletic figures seemed suspended in the air as they leaped from walls and ancient structures. 

Antibes in 2 Days
Antibes in 2 Days
Antibes in 2 Days

As if that wasn’t enough, there was outdoor art in the courtyard of the Picasso Museum. Even from the street level, you could see the statues towering above the town — as if they were guarding the priceless art pieces within the building. Unfortunately, photos were not allowed inside.

Antibes in 2 Days
Antibes in 2 Days

A walk on the wild side

While seeking out artists and shopping are my passions while traveling, you know some “absurd” will be thrown in somewhere.  In Antibes, visiting the Absinthe Museum was a “must.”

Antibes in 2 Days
Absinthe Museum in Antibes
Antibes in 2 Days

The storefront of the Absinthe Museum was a gift shop, and the side street entrance led down into a cave of “inequity” — filled with absinthe and drinking paraphernalia from throughout the ages. 

Hats for the occasion were provided, as well as the telling of the history and absinthe-drinking technique. Who knew? Sugar cubes and water? A spoon made just for preparing the perfect drink?

To be honest, we visited the museum during the broad daylight and had only one drink each. In case you’re wondering, the alcohol content and taste of the variety we were drinking were similar to pastis. However, I was told about more potent types. Overall, it was great fun and a memorable way to spend an hour or so on a warm summer day. Especially if you want to recall thoughts of Van Gogh and all who fell under the magical spell of the “green fairy.”

Night-time entertainment

Antibes has a lot going on after dark in the Old Town, but the nearby town of Juan-Les-Pins is “party central.”

Antibes in 2 Days

On the afternoon of the second day of our visit to Antibes, my friends Paul and Rich and I boarded the “petite train” that ran from in front of our hotel in Antibes to Juan-Les-Pins. The train passed through Cap d’Antibes between the two towns, where we saw some famous mansions and coastlines. We arrived in Juan-Les-Pins in just over an hour — in time for shopping and a walk on the busy boardwalk.

Antibes in 2 Days
Antibes in 2 Days
Antibes in 2 Days
Juan-Les-Pins at night

It was there, in Juan-Les-Pins, that my dream came true. 

Remember “dining under the moonlight? 

Antibes in 2 Days
Antibes in 2 Days
Moonlight and limoncello

I hope you enjoyed the visit to Antibes in 2 Days!

Antibes in 2 Days
Patricia Sands in Antibes

A BIG thanks to Patricia Sands, who helped plan the trip and visited with us in Antibes — her favorite place and hangout. 

Patricia’s novels on Provence are a “must read” if you love traveling and dreaming about France.

Antibes in 2 Days

 

 

 

 

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