The Old World Charm of Cote d’Azur

The French Riviera, also known as Cote d’Azur, has a reputation as a lavish summer destination reserved for the wealthy. Drea Sobieski, founder of travel publication Elsewhere, shares her travel guide for Cote d'Azur. Keep this one bookmarked for the next time you're in need of opulent travel inspiration.

The Right Travel Pieces 

Today, a new generation of jetsetters, impartial to material extravagance, are pursuing the famous blue coast and exploring on their own terms. For them, style and sophistication are not without substance – and it starts with packing the right pieces. We set out for the French Riviera with only two bags in tow – the Catalina Deluxe canvas weekender, perfectly sized for beach picnics and plane rides, and the Pearl, the jetsetter’s suitably insouciant, essential cross-body bag.

Les Sablettes Beach Club -- Menton, France

For sunseekers, this is the place. Bask under the sun in your own cabana, and face the colorful hillside town of Menton at this private beach club and bar. 

Les Rosées -- Mougins, France

Les Rosées is an incredible bespoke B&B with old-world charm near Provence in Mougins, the town where Picasso lived for his last twelve years. Unwind by the beautiful gardens, dine al fresco from a daily menu made in house, or swim in the sun-kissed pool. 

Saint-Paul de Vence

Saint-Paul de Vence is a charming hilltop village just a short drive away from Nice, known for its narrow stone streets filled with art galleries and boutiques. It is one of the oldest medieval towns on the French Riviera and a great way to explore the region’s history. 

La Colombe d'Or -- Saint-Paul-de-Vence, France 

Art affectionados will rarely depart the Cote d’Azur without a visit to La Colombe D’Or, the notorious former artist enclave hosting Picasso, Matisse, Calder among other famous names. Today, guests flock to La Colombe d’Or to dine amongst some of these artists’ original and impressive works.

Parfumerie Galimard -- Grasse, France

The city of Grasse is considered the perfume capital of the world, known for its flower fields and lavender production. Parfumerie Galimard was the first french perfumery and today, is the third oldest perfume company in the world. Learn more about the art of making perfumes while creating your very own signature scent at one of their ‘Studio des Fragrances’ workshops.

Drea traveled with the Pearl and Catalina Deluxe in Rose.


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