Monaco


There is a fantastic vantage point in La Turbie, a small and extremely pretty village located in the hills above Monaco, that affords you the entire view of the Principality.
Monaco
Places

St Tropez


This photo was taken the same day I took the artist's one. There is a pathway that leads up to ruins of an old fort which offers some pretty spectacular views back towards the mainland. Giant cruise liners were anchored in the bay and off-loading their passengers in small tenders. St Tropez can be rather horrendous in summer with its thousands of visiting tourists (both French and foreign) but a delight to explore out of season. Photo taken with my Nikon D70.
St Tropez
Places

Promenade des Anglais, Nice


August in Nice, and summer is in full swing with various sporting activities being the highlight of the season. This particular day was blissfully sunny but fairly windy causing the Mediterranean Sea to produce a stunning band of turquoise water close to the pebble shoreline and darker blue water further out. The wind was also causing the parachute to roll around, making it difficult to detach its two passengers - while two others in the mean time awaited their turn while looking on. I did wonder what was going through their minds as they watched the kerfuffle! Photograph taken in 2006 with my Nikon D70.
Promenade des Anglais, Nice
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Searching for Utopia


I discovered this massive bronze statue outside Galerie Guy Pieters in St Paul de Vence when researching an article for my website, AMB Cote d'Azur. Inspired by Sir Thomas More's novel 'Utopia', the sculpture was created in 2003 by the Belgian artist Jan Fabre and called "Searching for Utopia". The artist chose the tortoise to depict the importance of reaching a desired destination at a leisurely pace rather than rushing towards it in haste. The sculpture weighs 5,500 kg, has a length of 7m, a height of 3m and width of 5m. Photo taken in July 2006 with my Nikon D70.
Searching for Utopia
Statues

Eze Jardin Botanique


There are some magical places on the French Riviera and one of them (for me) is the Jardin Botanique at the top of the perched village of Eze. Far-reaching panoramas spread over the Mediterranean, with stunning views across to St Jean-Cap Ferrat on the right and Italy to the left. Peppered around the garden are the beautiful goddess sculptures created by Jean-Philippe Richard. Photo taken in October 2005 with my Nikon D70.
Eze Jardin Botanique
Statues

Maaght Foundation


In July 2005 I took a series of photos of the Maaght Foundation (St Paul de Vence) for my website, AMB Cote d'Azur. Later that year I was contacted by Frances Lincoln (publishers) and asked if they could publish my work in a forth-coming book entitled 'Icons of Twentieth-Century Landscape Design' by Katie Campbell. And so it came to be. Photo taken with my Nikon D70.
Maaght Foundation
Statues

Miles Davis


This fun mosaic statue portraying jazz trumpeter Miles Davis, can be found outside the iconic Hotel Negresco in Nice. I took this photo in October 2004 on one of my forays into Nice. This nearly three metres tall statue, created in 1999 by the French sculptor Niki de Saint Phalle (1930-2002) and made from polyurethane foam, resin and in-laid with fragments of coloured glass and mirrors, was part of an exhibition held at the Musée d'Art moderne et d'Art contemporain (Mamac) in Nice from 17th March through to 27th October 2002. Taken with my Nikon D70.
Miles Davis
Statues

Portofino Rhino


While taking a short 'holiday' break in December 2009 I finally managed to visit Portofino. Walking around the port were a number of statues in various places and positions. The most startling was the life-size (and very life-like) Rhino hanging about 15 feet off the ground. Sadly I know nothing more about this exhibition or who the artists were. Taken with my Canon 5D Mark II.
Portofino Rhino
Statues

Champion Cow


The fantastic CowParade cow exhibition was held in Monaco between July and October 2005 and was truly amazing. With the Principality being fairly small, there were cows everywhere. This particular one (and my favourite) was situated in the heart of Monte-Carlo, about three hundred metres from the Casino. And no, those are not my sun-glasses!
Champion Cow
Statues

Vallauris


Another of my favourite photos. This one was taken in June 2009 in Vallauris, Place de l'Homme au Mouton, when Alain Llorca took over the kitchens of the historic Hotels Belles Rives and Juana in Juan-les-Pins. The Catalane evening, called "Llorca on the Rocks" was opened by Marianne Estène-Chauvin, president of the two hotels, and featured Flamenco dancers, impressive horseback riders and superb Harley-Davidson motorcycles.
Vallauris
People

Mougins – Etang de Font Merle


I don't normally infringe on people's personal space but could not resist taking this photograph. Something is so very special here, both very fast asleep and totally oblivious to the world, yet bonded with such peace and well-being between the father and tiny daughter. Taken (very quickly) with my Nikon D70, August 2008.
Mougins – Etang de Font Merle
People

Bar-sur-Loup


Every Easter the small village of Bar-sur-Loup holds an Orange Tree Festival. It marks the end of the orange harvest and culminates into a competition to find the best local orange wine producer. What I didn't know is that they bring in performers (on stilts no less) for the enjoyment of the crowds. This particular 'demon' was very impressive and scared the kids half to death - even I stopped in my tracks when he approached. Photographed April 2009 with my Canon 5D Mark II.
Bar-sur-Loup
People

Cannes Performer


Cannes Film Festival, May 2009. Nigel and I thought we'd brave the crowds (and horrendous traffic) and go down and mingle. I am not a great one for street performers using animals, but this one was different. Dressed all in white, he worked with two cats, one black the other white, and did so in a very gentle manner. Photo taken with my Canon 5D Mark II.
Cannes Performer
People

St Tropez Artist


I love this photo. It's not often that I drive over to St Tropez but I so happened to be doing a guided tour that particular day (May 2007) and, as luck would have it, the artists were all out displaying their work around the port. This chap was totally oblivious to everyone passing by, captivated as he was with his newspaper. Photographed with my Nikon D70.
St Tropez Artist
People

Nice Flower Seller


One of the joys of walking around the old town of Nice is coming across the unexpected. Having just finished lunch at one of my favourite pizza restaurant and starting to walk back towards my car when I came across this fellow selling flowers. This photo was taken on Thursday 21st May 2009 with my Canon 5D Mark II.
Nice Flower Seller
People

Llorca on the Rocks


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