{on the coast} Antibes, Côte d’Azur

After a gorgeous train ride along the coast of Provence, I arrived in Antibes at 2:30pm and made my way to my apartment on foot. As I reached the centre ville, the area livened up, and I turned down a small street made only for pedestrians. My dream has always been to live on a street too small for cars to pass by, just like this one! Of course I realize how impractical this would be in New York due to the bitter cold winters, but here in the south of France, it seemed to work just perfectly!

As I walked in the building with my Airbnb host, I apologized for being a little early. My train was on time so the French train strikes must be over, I said cheerfully. He turned around laughing and said, “Oh no, in France, the strikes are never over!” I smiled because he was in fact, right. There have always been strikes in France and there probably always will be!

My Airbnb host had mentioned an artist worked next door to the building, and sure enough, I met the artist who had taken up a workshop on this tiny street. His studio window was filled with sculptures about a foot in height. His subject: the human body. The sculptures were abstract enough to hide the imperfections of people, yet realistic enough to easily tell whether each was a man or woman. The works were left in muted clay tones – neutrals and browns.

As I began to speak to the artist, he told me he had been here in Antibes for the last 20 years! Then, he pointed across the street, where I saw one of his sculptures molded into the wall. I asked how the sculpture came about, and he responded, there was a hole, so I covered it up. I said it was a wonderful idea, and he should do that all over the town. The artist smiled and informed me he had done it over 1000 times, all over Antibes! He then offered to give me one of his sculptures if I could find 100 of the sculptures he had placed in the town. I laughed saying I was only staying for one week, however I did notice two more on the wall behind him during our conversation, and another when I left!

La Ville

Antibes, France

Antibes, France

Antibes, France
Antibes, France

Antibes, France

Antibes, France

Carousel, Antibes, France
Antibes Postcards

Carousel, Antibes, France

Les Maisons

While downtown Antibes is a fairytale come true (think: enormous hanging flower pots along the sidewalks, pastel buildings everywhere you turn, charming shops and cafés), I particularly enjoyed walking some of the residential side streets along the edges of town….

Antibes, France

Antibes, France

Antibes Flowers

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Antibes, France
Rue du Haut Castelet, Antibes, France

Rue du Haut Castelet, Antibes, France

Rue du Haut Castelet, Antibes, France
Antibes, France

La Plage

Truth be told, the beach in Antibes is small, but that doesn’t make it any less stunning. While the coastline stretches onwards, most of it is covered in large rocks. The easiest beach to go to is Plage de la Gravette, which you can access after walking along the charming Boulevard d’Aguillon

Antibes Coast

Antibes Plage de la Gravette

Antibes Coast
Antibes Coast

Antibes Marina

Antibes Coast
Antibes Beach

Antibes Beach

I hope you enjoyed my little tour around Antibes. Be sure to check out my other recommendations in Antibes if you plan to visit this beautiful little town along the French Riviera!

August 28, 2016

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I’m an American photographer and writer based in Paris after living in New York for 7 years and then and spending a year and a half traveling. My work has been featured by the Paris and Nice Tourism Offices, Art Basel, and Refinery 29. Culture Passport is a place to share my travels and experiences in new places, with a focus on cultural attractions.

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Gosh I love the brightness and colour of your photos. So gorgeous! And what an awesome story about the sculptor. Honestly if I were you, I would have made it my mission to find 100 of those sculptures hahah… I really don’t like to lose ;) I adore the Cote d’Azur but I’ve never made it to the Antibes so thanks for the visual tour!

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Thanks so much, Christina! I really really wanted to, but I just go so caught up with exploring Antibes and the nearby towns. :) Thanks for reading, and hope you make it to Antibes one day, it’s a beautiful town!

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