Villefranche sur Mer

Villefranche sur Mer
it all starts with a beach

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Théole et Napoule

I take the 20 bus to Coubertain where I wait over an hour for the 22 up the coast. Enjoy a bière pression at Royal de Chine, and jones for a few dim sum, but they only have the huge buffet midday. So I walk slowly back to the bus stop, hop on the 22, arriving by 13:30 at Théole Marie, a charminng little French beach town. Wandering around the square to the seafront, I drop in at an exhibit of local artists, then settle in at Palazzo Beach for a seafood risotto, sav blanc, and wonderful café gourmand. 

Onward to the Chateau de La Napoule and the incredible story and art of Henry and Marie Clews. It's too late for the guided interior tour, but I'm allowed to meander through the extensive gardens and along the seafront. A product of the Belle Epoch and the Clews, this restored chateau today is a national treasure, offering classes, scholarships, exhibits, soiréés, and support artists.

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