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THINGS TO DO/day excursions from the villa in Tourettes sur Loup:

Great ideas for Provence on Mary Dowey’s site.

Museums:

Marc Chagall museum in Nice

Renoir museum in Cagnes-sur-Mer

Matisse museum in Nice

Perfume museum in Grasse (and there are many individual perfume shops, this is the village of perfume), such as> Parfumerie Molinard, Parfumerie Galimard

Olive oil tour and tasting at Domaine de La Royrie in Grasse

ART ROUTE PROVENCE

Houses/Gardens:

Rothschild Villa and Gardens in Saint Jean Cap Ferrat

Greek Kérylos villa in Beaulieu

Parc du château de la Napoule – remarkable garden

Le Vallon du Brec – remarkable garden

Jardin botanique de la villa Thuret – remarkable garden

Kids:

Aquarium in Monaco

Phoenix Park in Nice

Animal park in Monaco

Nice nearby villages/hamlets:

St Paul de Vence– things to do

Gourdon 8km from Grasse, gardens, restaurant “Le Nid d’Aigle

Grasse

Eze- the Chateau Eza did a 2 million renovation in 2010

Mougin

MONTECARLO: Aquarium, have lunch overlooking the coastline; Sass cafe piano bar

ANTIBES

Les Vieux Murs restaurant

CANNES

Le Mesclun restaurant

NICE

Maison Auer chocolatier

Fenocchio Gelato in Nice

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TIPS FROM THE OWNERS OF THE VILLA

Josy-Jo in Old Cagnes  (above Cagnes sur mer) 04. 93. 20. 68. 76

Les Bacchanales In Vence

Le Colombe d’Or in St Paul de Vence – eat lunch outside on terrace – great historical significance in terms of art, enjoy Picasso, Matisse on the walls sculpture etc, a real find. Food = average, service good.

Bric a brac market in old Nice on Mondays

La Petite Maison Nice- authentic nicoise cuisine (Cours Saleya Nice) 04. 93. 92. 59. 59
Chateau eze = pretentious and touristy
La chaumiere above Ezes = great 04. 93. 01. 77. 68

Le baton

Les vieilles murs

Museums:

Florian old fashioned candy factory in picturesque Pont du Loup

Fondation Maecht – one of the world’s great art museums in St Paul de Vence.

Drive to Italy for lunch – Ventimiglia or beyond

Drive (off season) to St Tropez – in warmer weather take a boat in Cannes to St Tropez and lunch on the beach there.

Hiking:

Domaine des Courmettes – all three walks are lovely – best of all the one that leads down to the village of Courmes. (lunch in Courmes).

Also see local tourist map in our food cupboard for many short walks around the village

Food Shopping:

Best bread at the baker in the village (which is not also patisserie) ie the one behind the church

Open air market in village square Wednesday mornings – very charming – good local food to buy

Supermarket is LeClerc in Vence – its a supermarket! But convenient. Also there is a mini mart in the village quite well-stocked and clean

Car rental: WE LIKE “SIXT” (at Nice airport) which is good service and seems considerably cheaper than other services.

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