Cote D'Azur

Visit the Cote D'Azur to get the same bright color feelings as Matisse, Renoir and Picasso.

Island of Sainte Marguerite (Cannes) - Take a short boat trip from the Port of Cannes to the Island of Sainte Marguerite (Ile Ste-Marguerite). In the 18th century, the island had an infamous fort that was a prison and home to "the man in the iron mask." The island has good swimming and a nice climb up to old fort, Fort de l'Ile, on the hill. This is a perfect picnic spot.
Musee International de la Parfumerie (Grasse) - Inside this perfume museum, you can see perfume bottles dating back to the Romans and don't miss Marie Antoinette's cosmetics case. Also tour "parfumeries," in Grasse, small perfume factories to learn about how perfume is made (perfume is for sale too). Fragonard, Molinard and Galimard are three popular parfumeries.
Biot - This charming town is famous for it's handblown glass. Go to a glassworks to watch the artisans, melting, shaping, and blowing glassware. Take home a souvenir of bubbles in the finished glassware.
Renoir's House (Cagnes-sur-Mer) - Visit Renoir's studio, "Les Collettes," much as it was when he painted there, surrounded by his family. Here he painted some of his most famous paintings, such as The bathers, and scenes, such as Washerwomen at Cagnes, and The farm at Les Collettes.
Baou St. Jennet (St. Jennet) - Climb up this towering pile of rock above the town of St. Jennet. This is a day hike that younger kids can do, and along the way there are wonderful views to the sea. You'll also want to pack a picnic lunch.
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