{Art, Culture, and Food. All in One Place }

On my first morning in Cannes, after what was one of the best breakfast spreads I’ve ever seen in my travels, we were whisked away from the hotel pier on a small boat and headed toward Saint Honorat Island. While there, we explored an ancient fortress and strolled along vineyards and olive groves tended to by monks. The monks actually make and sell olive oil & wine, which I was able to try at dinner the next night when Chef Christian Sinicropi prepared the most memorable dinner for us at La Palme D’Or, the only 2-Michelin star restaurant in Cannes. We rolled the dice (literally) and landed on all different meals but couldn’t help but try each other’s. I’m telling you, you cannot go wrong. This is a must-dine when in town for a special occasion- and the view is just an added bonus.

On day 2 I visited the small artist town Saint Paul de Vence, just a short ride away. We wandered the narrow, cobbled streets and galleries for hours. I don’t often get enough down time to do this in a normal week but now I’m going to try to make some time for this at home or in travels. I was so inspired, not only by the artwork, but by the artists themselves who live in town and create day in and day out. I left with a promise to myself that I’d somehow find more time to create artwork just for myself.

If all this didn’t bring enough inspiration, I also spent a whole afternoon exploring perfumeries in Grasse, the world’s perfume capital.  We took a tour of Fragonard where I learned about the history of perfume, took a course in perfume making, and even made my own custom fragrance with one of their experts. I’m really glad I did all of this this on my last day as I was full of ideas on the long plane ride home. I couldn’t wait to get back into the office and bring some things to life.

I spent my last evening in a beach chair watching the sun set at La Zplage, the pier at Hotel Martinez. The whole time thinking about how soon I could make it back here. Now I just have to decide if I’ll draw the hotel sign, or the beautiful iron on the stairs for this trip… thoughts?

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