Remembering the Riviera

Hi everyone, my name is Maya, I'm the author of Completely Coastal and A Beach Lovers Place and I am thrilled to be part of Fifi's French Riviera adventure! Growing up in Zurich, Switzerland my first memories of the French Riviera (aka Côte d’Azur) involve my parents, my sister and a big tent, meaning summer holidays were spent on Camp du Domain, a campground near Le Lavandou. Then later as an adult I vacationed with friends in Nice,
the Côte d’Azur’s cosmopolitan capital.

Nice beach
On the first trip we took the train, arriving at the train station Garede Nice. Like all other things the hotel was within walking distance. We would make our way down to the polished pebbled beach and rent parasoled lounges for the day...


... or we would stroll along The Promenade that stretches for miles along the Mediterranean sea and Nice's elegant roadway that is lined with chic hotels, boutiques and restaurants...

Old Town Nice
... and of course we would congregate, sipping lots of Café au laits and cocktails in the old town.

To Catch a ThiefThe next time we went by car, so we could drive the winding roads like Grace Kelly and Gary Grant in To Catch a Thief...

Eze France... and enjoy the breathtaking views from the village of Èze. Sweet memories of the past...

Carlton Cannes... that make me want to board a plane and go back. Perhaps a few nights at the Carlton in Cannes!

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Merci Beaucoup Maya!!! You have stepped in at the PERFECT moment!!! Petunia and I are off and about in Paris... Fashion week is FAB... parties... parties... parties... and the gifts are oooh la la... Look at what I gathered up (6.5" x 8.5"painting on archival paper is AVAILABLE)...

Petunia and I will definitely remember our Cannes adventure... perhaps we will meet up with YOU next time, Maya!!!

Oooh and look what I did yesterday while in VIRTUAL Paris... Bella asked that her portrait...

be done in front of a Paris cafe... voilà... isn't she très adorable...Au revoir... I'm off to catch up with Petunia... merci again Maya... you are FAB!!!

Now everyone... Please be sure to visit more BLUE posts via Blue Monday posts over at Smiling Sal's and METAMORPHOSIS posts via Metamorphosis Monday posts over at Susan's!!!

This week Fifi will be posting Wednesday through Friday!!! THERE WILL BE PAINTINGS too... Be sure come back and visit... YOU never know when YOUR photo may end up in Paris!!! Oui... I am AVAILABLE for commissions... email moi!!! Special Rates Holiday!!!
ENJOY your week!

40 comments:

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Fifi, you never cease to amaze me. That dog is just adorable, and I also love that first photgraph of the umbrellas. What an amazing place!

Happy Blue Monday...

XO,

Sheila :-)

Libby Murphy said...

Bonjour Fifi

Your delightful sight always makes me smile. It's full of gorgeous bliss.
Happy Twirls

Jacqueline said...

What a lovely post, Maya...brought back memories of my time there....fabulous photographs...anf Fifi, lovely paintings. I'm suprised that you have had the time with all the parties and champagne drinking and fun that you are having with Petunia. !!!! XXXX

Les Cotrions said...

I'd have been there in this week for holidays! Unfortunately I couldn't go because of work! I adore that area and I wish I could be there now!
Happy new week!
Vale

Signe said...

wow. just..wow.

bj said...

Ahhh, what a cute little dog...and I am in love with that blue car!!

Cindy said...

Such wonderful pictures!
Cindy

Juju from Tales of Whimsy said...

Fantastic images.
I love that scene from To Catch a Thief :)

SmilingSally said...

Fifi, the only way I'll get to go back to Paris is through your blog and your paintings. You've brought some pretty BLUES to show us today. Thank you. Happy Blue Monday.

Sher said...

Loved walking down memory lane with you Maya! Fifi just love your site!

Turquoise Diaries said...

This is a wonderful blog with wonderful designs. Thanks to Maya I made it here...

Sandi@ My Yellow Door said...

Stunning photos and love your paintings, Fifi! Happy Blue Monday.

Blessings,
Sandi

Mary said...

I really enjoyed your post today. Your creativity knows no bounds. Your photos are paintings are grand. I hope you are having a wonderful day.

EntertainingMom said...

Maya... you evoked such fond memories for me! My grandmother lived in the hills of Cannes and I summered there every summer of my youth... My mother and I would pack our bags, hop on the plane and summer in France. Nothing was as wonderful! I went to Bijou Plage every day. (It's still there!) I took swim lessons and met and befriended many French children. I took tennis lessons at Montfleury where there was an olympic sized pool with a glass retractable roof. So cool! We'd often drive to Monaco for dinner... I sure was a lucky little girl! Thanks for introducing me to this site!

NicNacManiac said...

Great post....your pictures bring a smile to my face and that warms my heart!! Always a pleasure..thank you!! xOxO

My Carolina Kitchen said...

Nice is a gorgeous city. We too love to stroll on the Promenade and their market in the old section is one of the best in France. We've been away too long. Thanks for posting these beautiful pictures Fifi.
A bientot.
Sam

Linda Merrill said...

What a great trip! Thanks for the tour!

Ms. Bake-it said...

Hello Fifi,

What fantastic images! Bella is adorable. I love that scene from To Catch a Thief.

Thank you for sharing!

~ Tracy

caroline @ patagonia gifts said...

thanks for the tour, darling! love your paiting! xo

shy said...

You always have nice painting and great blue photos in your site. Thanks for sharing.

Maya said...

Thanks again Fifi!! I can't wait now to watch Rachel Zoe tonight..., and get to watch Paris fashion show! Although, of course I wish I was on that pebble beach in Nice!

storyteller said...

Lovely blues in your scenic photos and wonderful paintings. You're very talented. Thanks for visiting my blue mosaics at Sacred Ruminations.
Hugs and blessings,

The DIY Show Off said...

Loved the tour, Maya! Thanks so much! I hope to visit there some day. It looks breathtaking.

Beautiful paintings (as usual) Fifi!

:)

Roeshel

Draffin Bears said...

Bonjour Fifi,

Thank you for the wonderful post Maya.
You took me away for a few minutes to the Riviera and I could see myself there in that wonderful place.
I loved the tour, thank you.
Lovely paintings Fifi.

Hugs
Carolyn

Laura @ the shorehouse. said...

It's so nice to see Mlle Maya here!! And hello; Camp du Dumain looks a tad bit nicer than the cabin I went to in the Catskills! :-) WOW...I'd lllooovvvee to go check that out.

Sharlotte said...

Oh my, your pictures are gorgeous! How I would love to visit! Thank you for sharing!

Phyllis AROUND THE HOUSE said...

Love Love your paintings, love your blog and all the wonderful pictures, I am a new follower and I would love for you to come and visit...Thanks for lsharing and I will surely be back...Phyllis

Phyllis AROUND THE HOUSE said...

Love love your paintings and I love your sight. Your pictures are so beautiful and it makes me feel as though I am right there...Thanks for sharing your beautiful work,,,I am a new follower and I would love you to come and visit me.....Phyllis

Beach Vintage said...

Thanks for taking us on this journey Maya. Great art to match!

Renae said...

Maya,..Gorgeous, thanks for showing a part of the world I have never been. And as always MIss Fifi, fab paintings.
xo

LENORENEVERMORE said...

too bad Grace Kelly and Gary Grant won't be there in person...in spirit perhaps! Fabulous...Fifi!
xo8

Donna said...

Lovely!

Fabulous paintings, Fifi!

Hugs,
Donna

Blue Muse said...

Hi Fifi!!
Bella is so cute and you are amazing. I love your work. I need to come shopping very, very soon - and I shall!
I'm sorry that i've been so absent, I'm just drowning in all the never ending projects in my world since we moved! Who knew it would go on so long?!?!?!
xoxoxoxoxo Isa

Tinsie said...

Awwww the memories! I love the French riviera :-)

Heather said...

Sigh! I love the south of France, and have such great memories! I love the photos and the paintings!

Kristin@Bouelvard Interior Design said...

Love the black dress painting.

enc said...

I'm going to stow away in your bag next time you go to the Riviera.

Dustjacket Attic said...

Oh just adored the photo of the old town, I'd have coffee there every day of the week if I could.
xxx

Anonymous said...

I need that black dress....what a lovely pic Fifi Love it.

Have a wonderful evening...

Do your boys swim year round??? On the East coast we have seasonal sports. right now my kids would be doing football & field hockey, I sometimes miss those days....

All the best,
Kathy :)

Renee Finberg said...

FIFI
i love this post !!

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