4 Ideas for Activities & Sightseeing for the next fortnight

  1. Jazz e Brasil will inject some Latino rhythm in your afternoon on Saturday 30 April when the Cannes Bel Age Orchestra pairs with the Rio Ao Vivo Orchestra to bring a concert of jazz, Brazilian music and swing alongside capoeira and dancers.  3pm, Espace Miramar, rue Pasteur, Cannes
Jazz e Brasil, Espace Miramar

Jazz e Brasil, Espace Miramar

2.  The 26th Salon des Vignerons from 29 April-02 May at the Hippodrome in Cagnes-sur-Mer will host around 300 producers from various regions in France for a great show with wine tasting, seafood, cheeses, foie gras etc.  There is an onsite children’s play area at the venue if you take the kids along.

Salon des Vignerons 2016, Hippodrome, Cagnes sur Mer

Salon des Vignerons 2016, Hippodrome, Cagnes sur Mer

3.  Antibes Art Fair is still on until 02 May.  Make sure you visit if you like antiques, art and curiosities.

4. Fans of beautiful blooms should venture to the perfume capital of France, Grasse, from 03-08 May where the streets will be transformed for Expo Rose.

Expo Rose, Grasse

Expo Rose, Grasse

The queen of flowers – the rose – will take pride of place with 25000 roses decorating city fountains and monuments, sales of bouquets and rose bushes. This year’s theme is based on the revues of Music Hall so keep a look out for classic cars, parades and costumed actors.

Afterwards, head to Chocolaterie Maison Duplanteur, the only artisan chocolate factory in the region and try their unique Rose Chocolate (70% high end dark chocolate with rose petals from Grasse!).  They also have other yummy products such as ginger and orange tablettes, milk chocolate with banana and cashew nut and Grasse coat-of-arms with gilding.

Maison Duplanteur's Rose Chocolate, Grasse

Maison Duplanteur’s Rose Chocolate, Grasse

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Antibes Art Fair / Salon des Antiquaires : 16 Apr – 02 May

The annual Antibes Art Fair starts today and attracts international buyers and browsers interested in antiques, furniture, paintings, archaeological sculptures, vintage toys, silverware, watches, ancient books and contemporary art.

I’ll be heading along at some stage as I really love the furniture collections (period, art deco and contemporary), the Asian exhibits (furniture and art) and the old books.

If you enjoy bric-a-brac/flea markets/car boot sales/vide greniers etc this show is a step up and more high brow than sifting through stall boxes on a Sunday morning, however it combines some rare, beautiful and unique items worth seeing – and buying.

(image: Antibes Art Fair)

(image: Antibes Art Fair)

How to get there

By car:  You can get to Antibes via the A8 (exit/sortie 44) or the Bord de Mer coast road. There is free street parking on weekends in Antibes Old Town, or park under the show in the underground carpark ‘Parking Pré du Pêcheurs’.

Car parks closest to Antibes Art Fair

Car parks closest to Antibes Art Fair

By train:  Gare d’Antibes is an easy 5-minute flat paved walk from the show.  Exit the station and cross directly in front at the traffic lights, follow the road straight ahead 150 metres to the roundabout and then walk slightly right parallel to the port for another 300 metres – you will see the show area by the town walls facing the port.

By bus:  Bus 200 (Nice-Cannes) and 250 (Nice Airport Express) pass by Antibes; the closest stop to the show is the one by Gare d’Antibes called ‘Passarelle’.

What: Antibes Art Fair

When:  16 April to 02 May 2016

Hours:  10.30am to 7.30pm

Where: Esplanade du Pré des Pêcheurs, Antibes Port (you can’t miss the big tent!)

Entry fee:  €10 per adult / €5 for under 18 years or students / Free entry for persons with reduced mobility and their accompanying companion