View from the Picasso Museum


We decided to head for Italy and more specifically Bologna to meet up with friends.  The preferred   route was to follow the costal road along the beautiful Cote d’Azur. Graeme targeted Antibes  for the Picasso Museum and the Fondation Maeght in St Paul de Vence, north of Nice in the Alpes Maritime. Surprisingly many of the campsites were closing for the season, fortunately we found one just outside of Antibes which still had two days left of its season. Antibes is a lively town and despite the presence of colossal multi-million pound yachts the prices were very reasonable.  Picasso once had a studio in Antibes. Set above the sea and in the highest part of the town this old fort is now the Picasso Museum,  The gallery spaces were wonderfully light and the contemporary art exhibited was exciting and  fascinating, as long as you like Picasso! There was good work by other artists including Nicolas de Stael, a favourite artist of Graeme’s.  After a couple of hours of we left the museum and walked down into the old town, where we settled in one of the cafes for a half litre of rose. We spent our second day on the beach below the Museum, despite the campsites heralding the end of season  it was still very hot. We continued our journey towards Italy the next day stopping off at the Fondation Maeght, a beautiful large gallery set in the mountains, surrounded by large pine trees. A garden full of Joan Miro sculptures displayed among trees and beside flowing water and ponds was quite magical. We walked back to the van and set off for another country.

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