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THE RIVIERA / COTE D'AZUR
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View from the village of Roquebrune-Cap-Martin

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Nineteenth-century poets and painters celebrated the romantic charms of the Provençal countryside. In 1834, an English Lord Chancellor set out to take his consumptive daughter to Italy, but was turned back at the border because of a cholera epidemic. He chose to stop in a tiny fishing village called Cannes. His friends followed, and thus was founded the French Riviera as it came to be known by cosmopolitans, whose contemporary counterparts still spend part of every year there. Monaco made its fortune by opening a casino when the railroad was built in the 1850s. Nice, a long-established city, belonged to the house of Savoy until 1860, when a treaty ceded the town to France. Its Italian connections shine through in Niçois cuisine: here pesto is pistou, and is usually stirred into a vegetable soup rather than pasta. In the last hundred years, southern light has drawn wave after wave of painters: Van Gogh, Gauguin, Renoir, later Matisse, Dufy, Picasso, Chagall... Cézanne, of course, was a born Provençal, and devoted his life to celebrating “Nature's infinite diversity” in his native region. See also Provence...

Hotel Martinez

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THE RIVIERA GENERAL

WHERE TO EAT WELL
Dining in France

In addition to all the various sights to see, the sunny South offers a wealth of great eateries from Château de la Chèvre d'Or in Eze to La Bastide Saint-Antoine in Grasse to La Palme d'Or housed in the L'Hôtel Martinez in Cannes.
Château de la Chèvre d'Or

CANNES

View of Cannes Harbor
VACATION IN CANNES
Cannes Tourist Board
Cannes may be best known for its film festival, but the town offers a variety of attractions, from its parks and castles to its beaches along the azure-blue Mediterranean.

GRASSE

BASTION OF DISTINCTION
Bastide Saint Mathieu
This opulent stone structure is nestled in the "Triangle d'Or," just south of the city of perfumes, Grasse. Inside, the 18th century building reveals itself as a charming and luxurious hideaway.
Bastide Saint Mathieu

NICE

Bay of Angels
72-HOUR VACATION
Nice is Nice
Nice is a spectacular fusion of French and Italian culture, customs and cooking. In the summer months millions of tourists flock to Nice's sun-baked shores.
But regardless of the season you visit, you are almost certain to witness a veritable extravaganza.

A SURE BET ON MODERN LUXURY
Palais de la Méditerranée
In 1929 the Cannes News declared this property "the most luxurious building the world has ever known." After almost three decades of abandonment, the Palais is as grand as ever — with the right modern touches.
Palais de la Méditerranée

(Updated: 11/29/13 CT)

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