Asos Skirt (also available for petites) | Urban Outfitters Top | Ginatricot Scarf (similar here) | Sam Edelman Petty Boot (also available here, here and here in different tints) | Urban Outfitters Hat (similar options here, here and here) | Vintage Bag (similar here and here)
I’ve never really grasped the appeal of beach holidays. For some reason, I’ve always been partial to exploring cities and cultural sites. Since visiting the French Rivièra however, I have to admit that my perspective has changed somewhat. Even though sun ba(s)king on the beach is still not my cup of tea, I’ve started to relish the undeniable charm of the seaside.
We took a full day to explore Antibes, a little town on the Cote d’Azur looking out onto the Mediterranean. At first sight the city was not spectacularly pretty but it was bursting with unpretentious and charming everyday life. Near the Picasso Museum we crossed our fair share of tourists, attracted – as we were too – by the soothing and relaxing experience of great art rocked in the blue cradle of endless waves and skies. What a peaceful delight to smell the salty air, to see the hovering gulls, to aimlessly wander the winding road along the coastline and to look down from the city wall on the distant beachgoers turned into colourful little dots in and outside the water.
I embraced the colours of autumn in my outfit: black, tan/beige, and a hint of deep red in the print of my top. I wore a suede skirt, a major trend this summer and fall, and one that meets my approval! I’m all for combining unexpected textures, so I added some soft knit materials (a knit top with pretty black trim and a soft scarf) to the suede accents in my skirt, ankle boots and bag. It was warm, so I didn’t need anything more than a skirt and a top, but the outfit can easily be transitioned into one for colder temperatures by simply adding tights and a black chunky knit cardigan or sweater (I really like this one and this one).
Besides the Picasso museum (the photos with the sculptures and view of the sea were taken in its courtyard) we visited Port Vauban (the largest yachting harbour in Europe), the Cathedrale Notre Dame de la Platea and stopped for cakes at Le Gout-Thé (the fig cake was delicious). Towards the evening we strolled all along the marina wall to the giant man-shaped sculpture “Le Nomade” by contemporary Catalan artist Jaume Plensa. It is composed of bright white letters (resembling lace from a distance) and looking out over the Mediterranean. Climbing the sculpture, covered in shafts of golden light, and reaching towards the sky that contrasted so exquisitely with the white letters, felt liberating and relaxing at the same time. I’m not sure though if it would have felt that way if I had known that climbing the statue was strictly forbidden, but in my blissful ignorance, it was a perfect end to a peaceful day.
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