Exploring the South of France

cofee in capjeanHave never figured out why it is so difficult for the hotels not to make a great cup of coffee when the local cafes put it out all day long.  We headed into St Jean-Cap Ferrat, the town, for coffee and a baguette.  A local watering hole.  Most definitely our best cup of Joe here.

houseThe next stop was Villa-Ephrussi where Beatrice Rothschild resided.


Beatrice was married at 19 to the Russian banker Maurice Ephrussi, both of them heirs to incredibly wealthy families who were in business together.  The home was completed in 1912 after six years of construction.  It still remains filled with antique furniture, paintings, rugs and sculptures.  This room is pretty much what the entire house looks like just different types of furniture.

rothgardensThe gardens are absolutely beautiful.  She had a Japanese, Rock, French, Spanish and other different gardens created throughout the property.

rothschildviewWhat is more spectacular are the views.  Waking up to this every morning is pretty amazing.

ezebeachWe decided to take a drive over to Eze after we saw the property.  Eze is a tiny town with really nothing but residential homes and two hotels at the top where the restaurants are.  If you blink you can miss the town.  We walked down to the beach which definitely has a groovy vibe to it.  There are a bunch of small beach homes on the water front almost shack like.  Keep in mind it was about 90 degrees out and we were just sweating!

We continued up the coastline to check out Monte Carlo but stayed in the car as we drove through.   I had to sit in the car and cool off for a good 5 minutes before moving on.

saladDinner was in town at Le Sloop.  A tiny place on the water in St. Jean-Cap Ferrat.  It was like a good home cooked meal.   This is a simple green salad with shaved Parmesan and black truffles.

I am really glad we got to see the Rothschild estate.  When I was a kid my Grandmother took me to see a play about the Rothschild family.  I remember being fascinated with their history.  At one point they were the wealthiest family in the world.   Mayer Rothschild was born in the ghettos of Frankfurt who began his banking business in 1760 eventually building a big enough empire where the 5 sons each ruled over a piece of it (including the wine and oil business).  The family is still in banking today.  I am definitely going to read a book on them.  

Comments (Archived):

  1. CCjudy

    thank you for your generosity from Judy

  2. Laura Yecies

    I recommend Villa Kerylos in Beaulieu-sur-Mer near where you are. Spectacular and totally different from the Rothschild villa. I found interesting this book about the Rothschilds Founder: A Portrait of the First Rothschild and His Time by Amos Elon

    1. Gotham Gal

      Thanks Laura.

  3. William Mougayar

    I love the Aubusson tapestry on the walls.

    1. Gotham Gal

      kept the rooms cool.

  4. Margaret

    We have a friend with a home in Bar-Sur-Loup who writes a lively blog on the area including local restaurants and directions to sites where some of the breathtaking scenes from To Catch A Thief were shot. http://lestuffblog.com

    1. Gotham Gal

      thanks.The area is very spread out. So if you are staying in Cap Ferrat it takes about 1.5 hour to drive to Antibes so you are not doing dinner there. Takes about 30 minutes to drive to Nice and the roads are super narrow and curvy. That is why we stuck to the local area for dinner. We could have had someone take us but an hour round trip just didn’t seem worth the journey.

  5. Mario Cantin

    Congrats on knowing how to really enjoy a vacation.

  6. naveen

    you know…i don’t much about these things :)…but two must-hits in the south for you and Fred:La Colombe d’Or (have your hotel make the reso) – https://foursquare.com/v/la…Baia Beniamin (you’ll have to drive back just across into the Italy border like a quarter mile) – https://foursquare.com/v/ri

  7. Caitlin

    Villa Ephrussi is a spectacular place! You are lucky to be visiting there. The gardens are definitely special, but did you look at the ceiling? Also, Multari has fantastic treats if you are still near Nice.Thanks for documenting your trip. I have not been to Como since college, and the pictures are a nice reminder.

  8. paramendra

    How were you holidaying before you were blogging? I wonder.

  9. paramendra

    Rumor is the First Family of the New York tech ecosystem is out vacationing in the south of France. Rumor confirmed. 😉