LE TOUR 2009: Cote D’Azur

[Stage 2] The French Riviera

STILL WITH US? Fabulous …

Leaving Monaco we travel into France and tour along the French Riviera. Stage 2 of the ‘official tour’ takes in Nice and Grasse before moving inland, therefore sadly, bypassing Cannes and St Tropez. But hey, this is my tour … so I say LET’S GO!!

The French Riviera is the playground of the rich and famous, perfectly suited to host the Cannes Film Festival where ‘anyone who is anyone’ comes to see, and be seen. I have seen Cannes and Nice, yet only briefly. Like Monaco, it was a whirlwind event, yet I still managed to sun myself a lovely shade of raspberry. I also discovered that Australian white sand beats Riviera rocks hands down [tough on tootsies] and ... no matter how hard you try, it is near impossible to sink in the Mediterranean sea!

What do YOU think of when thinking of the Cote D’Azur ? What images come to mind?

Today’s post is a mind-map of the ideas & imagery this region provokes.


BLACK & White Stripes

ON … awnings, deckchairs & fresh summer attire!!

2 awnings

striped deckchair

LIFE grace kelly


& starlets

& the ubiquitous paparazzi that follow

LIFE elke-sommer-


LIFE cannes-film-festival

LIFE - paparazi

AZURE oceans

Style & Beauty

LIFE smoke LIFE Grace Kelly2

Grace Kelly - To Cath a thief

to catch a thief - car grace


[B&W archival images – LIFE.com]

[Posters Art.com & others google image search]

Where does your mind wander ?

And now it’s time to go ...

Back To The Boys

[after all the poor little petals are working hard to bring us this tour]


Standings After Stage 2

standings stage 2 [source: archive image & standings]

Still enjoying ‘Le Tour’ ?

Stage 3 leads us into Provence with Stage 4 a rest day [or at least a non-travel day in Montpellier. Feel free to venture out and sightsee solo].

I however, have a previous commitment with a Full Moon. I’ll be posting my regular ‘To The Moon Alice’ post, which celebrates the wonders of this Luna event. Then hopefully we’ll be back to ‘Le Tour’ later in the week. Don’t worry, I won’t miss bringing you Provence!!

And … just in case you missed a Stage, below are links to previous posts in this series.

‘Le Tour’ Post Archives:

04-07-2009: [L'histoire] And So It Begins

05-07-2009: [Stage 1] Monaco Style & Grace

06-07-2009: [Stage 2] The French Riviera


Unknown said...

Fabulous post - love all the photos :)

Jacqueline @ HOME said...

I just love, love, love your photographs. You certainly painted a true picture of that particular piece of coastline. Ooooo and looky here, is that a Union Jack I see at the top of the leaderboard. Well, well, well.!!!! XXXX

Maya said...

Ah, the French Riviera..., I looooove it, and did recognize some picks too. Wonderful. LIFE is a great source, isn't it!

Fifi Flowers said...

The Côte D'Azur is beautiful... I would love to REALLY go there someday... I had FUN on a virtual trip there http://www.fififlowers.com/search?q=sud
You have some GREAT photos!

simon said...

It all style! :o)

Exquisite Accessories said...

Great photoes Julie you have certainly shown some great moments, brings back memories of me walking out side cannes film festival in the 90's I wore a red hot tomato short set with matching bag & hat, I thought I was the bee's knees (hee).
Is that a brit in the lead never!!!!!
See you in Provence looking forward Elaine :)

beachvintage.com said...

I just love all the glamour in this post.

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Carole said...

Gee what do I think of when I think of the riviera. I guess I think of the beaches and the food. I was born in Nice and actually went back to do an apprenticeship in a bakery when I was 18 ...but that didn't work out. I was last there when I was 26. Long time ago!!!