Sunday, August 08, 2010

Boating in Paradise with Michel

Captain Michel

Today Michel invited me for a boat ride around Antibes for the opportunity to take some photos from a different perspective. He met me at the corner of Chemin des Eucalyptus and Chemin Vallaris for a ride on his scooter. We road around the beautiful Cap d'Antibes to his boat where it is docked at the beautiful Plage de la Solis.

Antibes from the blue Mediterranean

The Picasso Museum and the Cathedral of Antibes

Passing the Vielle Ville

The Nomade sculpture by Juame Plensa

Another View of the Nomade

The Maltese Falcon

I saw this extraordinary sailing vessel last year while being artist in residence of Antibes. It was docked at Port Vauban in Antibes. Spectacular ... AND it's for sale ... at least it used to be. The going price was 135,000,000 euros, but was drastically reduced to the very reasonable 99,000,000 euros ... so if you happen to be a billionaire looking for a sweet ride, here ya go !!

The Maltese Falcon

The Maltese Falcon

Hotel du Cap - Eden Roc

Hotel du Cap - known to be the most beautiful hotel in the world ... AND it just happens to be in Antibes, Cap d'Antibes that is. One day my dream is to have a wonderful dejeuner there ... and then a swim in the eternity pool ... then a peitit siesta with my beautiful French lover ... then dinner there ... then stay overnight in a beautiful suite ... c'est possible ?? J'espere !!

Bay of Billionaires

Chateau de la Croë

The history of the Chateau de la Croë is also full of recognizable names and memorable events. It was built in 1927 in strict Victorian style for an English aristocrat, named Sir William Pomeroy Burton president of the Associated Newspapers limited. The architect of the magnificent demure was called Armand Albert Rateau, who built the property within 7 hectares of land, which stretches right down to the sea.

In 1938, the Duke of Windsor, the former King Edward VIII of Great Britain, and his wife became its owners. After falling in love with the twice-divorced Wallace Simpson, Edward VIII abdicated the throne in 1936 and left England in order to marry her. When she moved to the rented chateau, the Duchess spent huge sums to recreate there the conditions her husband had become accustomed to in the royal palace. The Duke and Duchess of Windsor held sumptuous receptions at the chateau, hosting royalty and the political elite, including Winston Churchill.

Port de la Salis

This is the pretty little Port de la Salis where Michel docks his boat. There are over 200 boats here and more than 2000 docked in Antibes which has the largest pleasure yachting harbour in Europe. It's so overwhelmingly beautiful. Michael drove me past the Nomade sculpture, the Vielle Ville of Antibes (old village), Hotel du Cap, Chateau de la Croë, the Bay of Billionaires, Eilenroc and then circled back again. It was great fun ...

The only sad thing is that I lost my earring. I've worn these, a gift from my sister, for 10 years and in a two hour outing, one is missing. I think it came loose when I took off the helmet. I retraced my steps, prayed to St. Anthony ... and keep my hopes that this cherished treasure will be found !!! St. Anthony, you will be very busy as you only have less than two days ....

So, dinner tonight at Wolf's there will be 12 of us ... Jean-Jacques will bring his sax, Gipsy will play the keyboards ... and maybeeeee ... I will play 'Winter' by Tori Amos and 'What are you doing the rest of your life' by Michel Legrand ... should be a great night !


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