The market in Antibes is the most beautiful and interesting I have ever seen! There are stalls of herbs and spices, traditional baskets, meats, cheeses and all the things you would expect to find. The fruit and veg is so fresh and colourful, nothing like the stuff you get in supermarkets back in the UK. You can even smell the tomatoes as you walk by!
There are herbs from Provence that are so good, my dad bought several packets because he so fell in love with the flavour last time he was in Antibes! The people are friendly and passionate about their produce, and it was very interesting practicing my rather shaky French with these lovely locals.
Being an art lover I just had to search out the Picasso museum. Unfortunately it was closed when I went , but there were a few galleries on the same street selling the work of local artists as well as some genuine Picasso originals!! I was in awe as I walked among his pottery, hardly believing I was in arms reach of the work of this art legend. I can see why he moved to Antibes.
The natural light in the South of France really does make colour come alive in a way that no gallery lighting in the UK can compare to. I think to really do justice to his work, you have to see it in the town where he painted it!
I was in Antibes for far too short a time, but it really is a beautiful location in which to study French and I can’t wait to go back! Whatever your tastes, I’m sure you’ll love Antibes.