Friday, May 17, 2013

The French Riviera/Cote d'Azur = Simply Irresistible + A Giveaway

opening this post, created especially for the link party
Anita @ Castles, Crowns & Cottages
is hosting, 
with Nicole Kidman attending The Cannes Film Festival this year
seemed perfectly correct.

Cannes Festival 2013

you see, we are taking you on a little holiday to this
very famous location.
telling you about some of our own adventures while there.

"Riviera Chic"
Grace Kelly epitomized "the look" in To Catch A Thief

When I got married almost 14 years ago my husband planned the entire honeymoon.
Paris-Cannes-Monte Carlo-Portofino

he added Portofino just for me, but HE loved all the other places,
and spent many summers there prior to our marriage...Cannes was nirvana to him.

today I'm concentrating on that area,
and on forthcoming days we will visit some of the other locales,
all linking back to Anita's place.

you see, I tend to go on & on & on about things I love, and ONE post
is just not enough to cover such a beautiful region.

Motor Yacht Mogambo

a regular sight one will see along the coastline,
this yacht is privately owned and is almost as long as an American football field

believe me, I was stunned when I sighted one even larger laying at anchor in front
of our hotel.  I just had to know who owned it!

The Carlton Hotel, the one with the 2 domes, has the most wonderful
boardwalk pier going quite a distance out over the water,
this is where everyone suns.  You find yourself a chaise and a waiter and
make new friends with the people around you.  Oh yes, lots of the girls are topless,
in fact most of the Europeans, but remember they are all young and they are all
linear...none of them look like Pam Anderson...and it doesn't offend at all.

French Riviera Dress

"riviera chic"

We met this lovely, darling, gorgeous couple from Denmark who pointed us
to one of their favorite restaurants in Cannes,
Gaston et Gastounette

you can walk there easily, the evenings are cool, and it's fun just people watching.
the restaurant is across from the Cannes Marina, and is usually packed with people
awaiting the famous "Fish Soup."   it's worth waiting for.
every single time we returned to this area we made it back to this place.
hustle, bustle, crowded, loud, great food.

the esplanaded street between the hotels, shops & the beach is called
La Croisette
& it is beautiful, always filled with flowers in hanging baskets, and
beautiful people.

in the photo center you can see the Carlton pier,
which is actually quite large.

above is an example of a villa for lease.
to me, this is the very best of all worlds.
the year after our honeymoon we rented a place for the month of July
& invited family & friends over.  we loved cooking at home, we had a splendid bar set up,
had bunches of wonderful music poolside, and a view of the sea.
each morning the housekeeper would bring fresh croissants.  this is something I will always cherish.
her name was Marguerite and her dog was named FiFi. 
I named our poodle FiFi after Marguerite's dog.

all of the villas available for rent come equipped with almost everything one needs,
except food & drink, of course.

we used the home as our base and from there we could drive around the
countryside on little day trips.  staying as long as we did enabled us to really
get to know the highways, directional signs.  we went back & forth to the Nice
airport collecting & returning visitors we knew it like the back of our hands.

Le Moulin de Mougins

a not-to-be-missed gourmet restaurant a bit above Cannes is
Le Moulin de Mougins
shown above
it is a very easy drive IF you do not get lost, as we did.
reservations are a must.

as I said, we loved staying at home for dinner sometimes,
and each couple or pair of relatives would be assigned a night to cook,
they chose the menus, they did the cooking,
we all chipped in for the food purchases.
everyone in our group loved fine French wines, so going out
searching for the right wine was a huge pleasure for most everyone.

believe it or not, most of us did not shop.
I worked at Sak's 5th Avenue then, so shopping wasn't necessary for me.
I took far too many clothes I discovered.
though I did try to wear them all
my girlfriends wanted French pottery, liqueurs, linens,
things like that.
I did purchase a wonderful slightly off-white fully sequined beret.
You know, I just had to have it.
never has it been worn, but it makes me smile to see it.
Cannes is not casual, it's elegant casual "Riviera Chic"

the honeymoon was to be the beginning of many travels.
more tales from the Cote d'Azur forthcoming.

 visit Castles, Crown & Cottages
please go HERE to see all the other participants

Cote d’Azur in the French Riviera - another beautiful area along the French Riviera between Nice and Monaco


3-Strand "Shades of Pink" Acrylic Chain
perfect for the Cote d'Azur
retail value $ 90

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Sandy at You May Be Wandering said...

Thank you for the lovely virtual journey to Cannes!! Your photos are spectacular. It is my dream to go to the Riviera or Provence and rent a house for my whole family to do just what you described. Just lovely, Marsha!

Have a beautiful weekend! xoxo

Marsha Splenderosa said...

Absolutely, you must do this. I've always said we won't remember the money we spent, but we will always remember the wonderful times we've had.

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

MARSHA MY have featured my favorite place on earth. OK, it's difficult when you're taking about FRANCE because I could say that the Loire Valley is my favorite, or the Southwest....but there is nothing like meeting ocean with CLASSY CULTURE and stunning gardens and great seaside restaurants! I love that first photo of Nicole who I think is one of the most beautiful women in the world. You really know how to throw a party my dear, and this post is a feast. I am so happy that you are sharing even more posts during the week because you are can one limit oneself to one post when there is so much to show and tell about THE RIVIERA!

Gorgeous, thrilling and full of love. HAVE FUN! Anita

YONKS said...

Oh Marsha, what a fantastic trip. How the other half lives, those yachts!
We are touring the Champagne region next week so I will be bringing my link party contribution from France. I can't wait for this trip, all that bubbly, someone has to drink it :-)
Love the necklace.

Sam @ My Carolina Kitchen said...

Your honeymoon and return trip for a month sound absolutely divine. We've been to the Cote d'Azur and it is indeed one of the most fabulous places in the world. Good luck to whoever wins the pretty necklace. As much as I would like to have it, leave it to another other lucky person. I really enjoy wearing the pretty bracelets I won a while back from you.

Marsha Splenderosa said...

I am so happy to be included in your party, lovely Anita.
Saving a bottle of special champagne for you.

Marsha Splenderosa said...

You will LOVE it there!!

Marsha Splenderosa said...

So happy you actually wear your bracelets, Sam !!

Talia said...

Oh, Marsha! Thank you for the amazing and beautiful tour. Simply stunning. You always have the loveliest photos.

Thank you for sharing! I love traveling with you!

Leslie said...

Marsha, I couldn't wait to pop over to see what French beauty you'd be posting :) and YES! On my bucket list. I'm ready to see France from a different view (I do enjoy Paris but would like to see more). Beautiful images .. beautiful place.

This is such fun and a wonderful way to kick off the weekend! xxleslie

Botanic Bleu said...

Marsha, your photos and travelogue are so special....a view that most of us will only see through your eyes. And, what a wonderful view that is!


Yvonne @ StoneGable said...

Marsha, I hung on every word!!! What a dream!!! Sounds like you would fit right in there! Do you still travel? Loved reading about the places that are so special to you.

Luisa Mª Benito said...

Beautiful place and beautiful song.
from today I will continue this elegant, charm and glamorous blog.
happy week end !!


The French Hutch said...

What a fabulous trip this must have been for you and your husband! Then the trip spent with friends and family for a return trip must have been equally wonderful. I love this region and would love to return someday. Lovely post.

The French Hutch

Henhurst Interiors said...

Dear Marsha, This is such a great post. Two summers ago we spent two nights on a boat docked off Cannes. My father-in-law got a room at the Carlton so we could use the beach and have a place to get cleaned up before we went to dinner. It was absolutely divine and I will never forget it.

helen tilston said...

Hello Marsha

Your description of Cannes, Nice and France brought back wonderful memories of our honeymoon in this region, some thirty years ago. A magical place that leaves an imprint in one's heart. The necklace is absolutely spectacular and I can just imagine it worn in Cannes
Have a delightful weekend
Helen xx

Veronica Roth said...

Hi Marsha, again...I keep finding you. :) Now the French Riviera is a place I've never been to...something to look forward to. :) Love the necklace and so generous of you. Now I'm definitely going to follow you and then I won't lose you ever again. :)

Marsha Splenderosa said...

Talia, my son is a professional photographer. He received his Master's at Parsons School of Design in Paris. It's not me, it's him.

Marsha Splenderosa said...

Yvonne, I travel all the time, but now it's shorter trips. Unfortunately. xx's

Marsha Splenderosa said...

Thank you, Leslie. There is much to see all over the world. Go whenever you get a chance to where ever you can.

Marsha Splenderosa said...

Luisa, thank you so very much. This is one of the sweetest comments I've ever had.

Marsha Splenderosa said...

Oh, that Carlton of the best. But to be on board a yacht at anchor in Cannes? How much better can it get?

Marsha Splenderosa said...

Veronica, welcome to my little corner. I won't lose you either.

Anonymous said...

I loved all the pictures - thanks for a beautiful journey!

The Magical Christmas Wreath Company said...

Good morning gorgeous! Fancy bumping into you on the Cote d'Azur. Beautiful post Marsha, Le Moulin de Mougins is so calling my name. XXX

The enchanted home said...

LOVE this post and and am bookmarking it! I know who to go to when I need advice on the south of France. All the glamour and beauty is just over the top! Great necklace..........some lucky lady is going to look mighty stylish with that on this summer!

Lost in Provence said...

Marsha, how happy I am that you have such amazing memories--so few people ever get to experience anything like that!--and am so glad that you shared all of this beauty with us. I only wish that we had known each other then or that you return so we can finally meet in person.
Gros Bisous,

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Bonjour ma belle! Just coming by for more sunshine at Cannes and a look at the most beautiful oceans in the world. HAVE FUN! Anita

nina said...

What are the odds? I got married 14 years ago and we spent our honeymoon on the French Riviera!!
We got a tiny car and drove up and down the cost from Saint-Tropez to Sanremo Italy
Its such an amazing area and the place that stole my heart was the little Medieval Village of Eze! We had to park the car and walk up to the hilltop town, No Cars allowed and If you get a Hotel there they will get your luggage by Cart & Donkey. It made me feel like I was on top of the world....And I was.....A newly wed...... and dangling my feet over the edge of the cliff overlooking Monte-Carlo and the Mediterranean below!! Thanks For reminding Me :-)

French said...

What a wonderful post~ I'm ready to pack a bag and leave right now....this is one of my favorite corners of the world, and I love the idea that you spent a month honeymoon there in a villa...have a great week-end.

It's me said...

Welcome in France...nice to see you to do this together...Anita is such a good friend to all of us...enjoy the weekend love

Catherine Robinson said...

FABULOUS Marsha...such stunning photos...I'm there in Cannes ;-)...we use to have a home just outside Cannes and we have such fond memories of our time there. I LOVE the Grace Kelly shot...beyond chic.
Thank you for popping by and leaving such a sweet comment.
Have a wonderful weekend.
Catherine xx

Roselie May said...

Such a beautiful tour! I so want to visit the French Riviera...

Colleen said...

Living vicariously through you is such fun. Gorgeous photos your son takes & absolutely fabulous post Marsha. Love the vibrancy of the blushing shades of the necklace.

I love my purse from you & the bracelets I received a few days ago make my wrists jingle with joy! Thank you. XO

Lauren said...

Thank you for this beautiful post! Would love to go there someday...

Down by the sea said...

What a wonderful place to spend your honeymoon and also to rent a villa for a month too the following year. I will looking forward to reading more about your trip. Cannes has so many more modern buildings than I remember!
Sarah x

Honor said...
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Honor said...

All of that beauty in one inspired, blue imbued heaven. Thanks for the tour!

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

I AM LOVING THE BOSSA NOVA STYLE MUSIC HERE! Bonjour Marsha dear! I had to come over to get a little bit of sun and a tan; we are having too much rain here in Minneapolis!

Love your post, so elegant and chic like you. Thank you again for this marvelous addition to our party and for visiting others! LOVE IT! ANita

DREAMS ON 34th STREET ~ French Bread & Family said...

Marsha...Your comment on my blog yesterday, was so brought tears to me as well! Thank you for sharing your emotion on our special occasion!

This post is breathtaking. I have always dreamed of visiting The French Riviera. Your husband planned an amazing honeymoon!

My husband and I have entertained the idea of renting a villa in Tuscany. (We have a reciprocal with our time share.) You have inspired me to ask him to seek options near The French Riviera

A daughter of a dear friend of mine was nanny to Paul Allen's sister's children for two years. They spent the summertime on one of the Allen family yacht's on The French Riviera. You would not believe the interview process for such a position. In her senior year, she answered an ad at the University of Washington. On the second interview, she knew the children that she could be caring for would be high profile.

Nicole's dress is perfect!

You are so gracious to offer another give a way!

therelishedroost said...

OOh lala!!! THis was such a great post! That image of Grace Kelly , that is one of my favorite movies with Cary Grant!!
THat necklace is fantastic! Whoever wins will be quite a stylish lady this summer!
xo Karolyn

Fashion-isha said...

Hi Dear! I love all these French posts and yours is one of my favorites. It really has your flair!! I hope I win that necklace..I follow I follow!!

M.A. the 2nd ~ Frances Russell said...

Marsha ...this is a heavenly post and I love Cannes. We visited there about 23 years ago when we then lived in England. It was fabulous. I love this part of France and your pictures are just gorgeous! That Grace Kelly picture epitomises the elegance of the riviera to perfection!
best wishes

Ms. K @ Write On Thyme said...

Oh my goodness...what a fun trip to Cannes! I've been there a couple of times but it's always so much fun to see it through other's eyes. And how wonderful to have spent a month there, cooking and feasting with friends. Some of our extended French family have bought an apt in Cannes so we look forward to visiting again soon. Found you through Anita's fabulous French link party. Can't wait to read more of your posts on Cannes!
Ciao for now, Kirsten

Angelsdoor * Penny said...

So nice to meet you Marsha.. What a beautiful post! Thank you so much for taking me along..

Angelsdoor * Penny said...

So nice to meet you Marsha.. What a beautiful post! Thank you so much for taking me along..

Maryl said...

Thanks for the buildup. I'll be at the Cannes Film Festival the next two days. I'll look for your views and recommendations and try to snap some "off the red carpet" fashion to share. Merci.