A stands for Antibes in France,


Antibes is a delightful little town on the Cot d' Azur  part of The French Riviera.  It is surrounded by mediaeval ramparts which would protect the town in times of strife.

A view of  the town from the sea, you can see the snow covered alps in the background.

One of the many colourful streets that weave their way through the old town.

The place has many fine restaurants and street café's, serving the delicious Mediterranean food also there are quite a few Italian Tratoria's that  serve some of the finest  pasta dishes I have ever tasted. My favourite one was called  Mamalu's,  a very simple little café that served a different pasta dish each day. We dined there several times and my favourite dish was the Linguine Vongole.






 


I managed to persuade the chef Lucca to share his recipe with me, I would like to share it with you, but I was sworn to secrecy. However, it is on our menu regularly so if any of you are passing by , I would be delighted to cook it for you !

We would walk along the ramparts to a beautiful beach in Juan les pins which is part of the province of Antibes. Yet another part of town to soak up the sun and swim in the azure waters.

Juan les pins fabulous beach.


The Ramparts. 

Walking back along the Ramparts into Antibes is The Picasso Musee`D'Antibes   



La Joie la Vivre (Picasso).






  This  is one of Picasso's famous painting which he painted in Antibes, he found the light there most favourable for his works,

La Joie de Vivre painted in 1946 is emblatic of  his stay there.                                               


Picasso's bronze statues along the ramparts overlooking the bay.

The master at work in his studio.

 

That's all folks, I could write and write about yet another favourite holiday jaunt but hey we're only at the letter 'A'....still plenty of time to have ANOTHER jaunt in Europe!

My sincere thanks to the AMIABLE and AMUSING Denise for devising ABCW and also to our ACTION MAN Roger for doing what he does, so well.
Best wishes and thanks to all the little helpers, also welcome to Melody, a new little helper,
Di. xx 

 

Comments

  1. Beautiful spot, Di. And I just might take you up on that dinner invitation for the secret recipe pasta dish. :D

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  2. Wonderful pictures of places i never have been...but maybe someday i will ;-)

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  3. great photos, love the Picasso ~

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  4. Hi Leslie,
    You would be very welcome.
    Good to have you back on ABCW,

    best wishes,
    Di,
    ABCW team.

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  5. Wonderful place. There is so much to see here.

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  6. Hi Melody,
    You really must try a visit to Antibes it's only a 15 minute taxi drive from Nice airport, so many interesting thing to do and not far from Italy where you can reach by the excellent rail service.
    In fact you can reach Antibes by rail from all over Europe. Just depends on which way you like to travel !

    Best wishes,
    Di,
    ABCW team.

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  7. Mama Pajama,
    Good to hear from you and welcome back to ABCW.
    I must confess that I'm not really a great fan of modern art but after really studying some Picasso's work, I found it quite amazing, and oh those colours!

    best wishes,
    Di,
    ABCW team.

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  8. Hi Rajesh,
    Good to hear from you again,
    You are quite correct in saying there is so much to do in Antibes, I hope to write more about it in future blogs,
    best wishes,
    Di.
    ABCW team.

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  9. The hanging flower lined street is beautiful, they really know how to decorate the outdoors. The food looks scrumptious.
    Ann

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  10. Would love to visit there, - very beautiful.

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  11. I've heard of it. Thanks for the tour. - Margy

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  12. Gorgeous, that makes me want to hop on Eurostar and immediately travel south.

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  13. I have heard of Antibes but was not interested enough to google it. But your pictures sold me on the place. How charming.

    My ABC WEDNESDAY

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  14. I would love to travel with you and your husband, since you would know the best places to visit. Blessings!

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  15. This is DELIGHTFUL, as ALWAYS!

    ROG, ABCW

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  16. I want to be there and also enjoy that wonderful plate of food! Thanks for your visit to my blog and your oh so kind comment! Have a wonderful week!

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  17. pasta with some cockles? Though I am Chinese, I prefer pasta/noodles to rice.

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  18. I don't know if I'll ever make it to Europe in this life, so I'm very happy to live vicariously through your posts. I would definitely want to visit Antibes and see everything that you've shown us today. And, try the linguine dish. You've got me wanting to make it. The Husband doesn't like clams, but I can make something else from him while the Mama and I enjoy the dish. Yumm.
    The View from the Top of the Ladder

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  19. oh, my- I definitely would love to visit Antibes, owing to your magnificent photos!

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  20. Hello Ann,
    Good to hear from you again and thanks for your comments, The streets in Antibes are amongst the prettiest I've seen in Provence.... you should see the market stalls they too are very colourful, heaving with the many fruits and vegetables from their sun kissed shores.

    Best wishes,
    Di.
    ABCW team.

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  21. Hello Hildred,
    It is well worth a visit, people from all over the world
    flock there but there's plenty of room for everyone,

    Best wishes,
    Di.
    ABCW team.

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  22. Joy,
    you must go to Antibes, so near too, it is a 2hr 15min flight from Liverpool,
    then a 15min taxi ride from Nice Airport.
    Best wishes,
    Di.
    ABCW team.

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  23. Photo Cache:
    Hi there, Antibes is well worth checking out, there's so much more to tell about the place which I will when I have the opportunity,
    Best wishes,
    Di.
    ABCW team,

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  24. Arnoldo.
    Now that would be fun, you could create some 'Picassoesque'
    images of the place for us !

    Best wishes,
    Di,
    ABCW team.

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  25. Hi Roger,
    good to hear from you and thanks for you comments,

    Best wishes,

    Di.
    ABCW team.

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  26. Thank you taking us through the tour of Antibes :)

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  27. Hi Ellen,
    Good to hear from you, as always.
    We went to the little Italian restaurant almost
    every evening because the food was so good.
    I learned a lot from Lucca the chef, he would
    let me watch him cook, so I picked up quite a
    few tips and recipes from him.
    best wishes,
    Di.
    ABCW team.

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  28. Ann Chen Mie,
    I too prefer pasta/noodles to rice.
    The clams can be replaced by prawns etc if you don't like clams,
    but I just love them, such a delicate flavour.

    Best wishes,
    DI,
    ABCW team.

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  29. Susie-eeee,
    Hi, good to hear from you, glad you enjoy and share our travels with us,
    Google the Clam Vognole, there's loads of recipes on-line for you to
    chose the one that suits you most!
    Best wishes,
    Di.
    ABCW team.

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  30. Hi Nonnie,
    Thanks for dropping by and your comments.
    I do hope you get the opportunity to
    visit Antibes, we've been several times,
    it's only a two hour flight from where we live,
    so convenient!

    best wishes,
    Di.
    ABCW team.

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  31. Meghana:
    Thanks for dropping by and your kind comments,
    good to hear from you.

    Best wishes,
    Di.

    ABCW team.

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  32. Powell River Books:

    Hi Margy.
    Good to hear from you again
    and thanks for your comments.

    Best wishes,

    Di,
    ABCW team.

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  33. I love your post. What a wonderful place and the streets are so full of flowers. It makes for a cheerful picture.

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  34. Hi Tulika,
    Thank you so much for your kind words, It is so good to share
    one's life experiences with others.
    I'm so lucky to have been able to visit so many lovely places.
    As I get a little older I tend to get by with my wonderful memories,
    then to be able to share them is an absolute pleasure,

    best wishes,
    Di,
    ABCW team.

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  35. The picture showing Ramparts I seen that in a movie about slaves that were kidnapped and brought to this place, suppose to be based upon a true story, and now I can't even think the name of that movie...Grrr.

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  36. Yes that's a beautiful corner in the world ! I love to eat Spaghettis with vongole !

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  37. Fritz Ant:
    I've tried to find more about filming on The Ramparts, without
    much success.
    Thanks for your comments.

    Best wishes,
    Di.
    ABCW team.

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  38. Hello Gattina,
    Thanks for stopping by.
    Antibes really is a 'beautiful corner in the world'.
    I'm glad you enjoy Linguine Vongole, it is one of my all time favourite
    recipes, my husband made some for our supper last night, delicious!

    Best wishes,
    Di.
    ABCW team.

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