It is no secret amongst my family and friends that I love to travel. On my trip to the Cote d'Azur, I came to the startling realization that I am actually living vicariously through myself. It's as if I exist in some type of incredible John Malcovich work/luxury travel portal in which I get to travel to all these fabulous places in the world for work, and it (luxurious travel) is legitimately expected of me. And, I should even be doing it (luxurious traveling) more often than I do!
After the Paris Show, we (Issac, my fun friend A, and moi) headed South to the infamous Cote d'Azur to check out Blanc d'Ivoire's new 5,000 sq ft flagship store in St. Tropez.
Issac made the executive decision that we should stay in Eze because it was so centrally located to everything that we wanted to do on our, ahem, 'work' trip - Eze, Cap Ferrat, St.Tropez and Monaco! (I may own Indulge but Issac holds the esteemed title of 'V.P. of Travel'.)
The Village of Eze
Where We Stayed . . .
Every afternoon, we drove 15 or so minutes to the beach for an afternoon swim/bob. Our 'local' beach just happened to be in the reluctantly super-trendy Cap Ferrat.
(Cap Ferrat was recently named the second most expensive residential location in the world. Can you guess number 1. . . ? If you're not sure, not to worry - we will get to number 1 later in the blog, patience.)
Cap Ferrat was once the domain of King Leopold II of Belgium
(In the immortal words of Mel Brooks in his hit comedy History of the World, Part 1 - "It's good to be the king.")
Our Picturesque Beach Locale . . .
I love the fact that you can order a bottle of champagne from your beach chair, no problem, but you are on your own if you mistakenly drown.
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Village of La Turbie
A short drive for dinner.
A l-o-n-g drive home after a glass or two of wine, very tricky roads. Very tricky, shudder.
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Don't let the harbor of anchored super-yachts mislead you, we arrived by, ahem, . . .
. . . ferry.
Our legitimate 'work' purpose for going to St. Tropez - to visit the new 5,000 sq ft Blanc d'Ivoire flagship store.
'Oh, there are 2 BD stores on the island. The new flagship store is just down the street you say.
Could you please repeat the directions, again? Perhaps this time a little bit more slowly and, if possible, could you use a few more of those English words.'
I have observed over the years that it is very French to find some shade and take a respite after an arduous afternoon meal.
Even the beloved pets observe this classic of traditions.
At Last, Blanc d'Ivoire's New Flagship Store!
Actually, the new BD flagship store is quite easy to find if you don't ask for directions, ha ha.
Waiting for Brigitte Bardot to Pop Her Head Out.
(Just another ubiquitous 'work' photo of me taken infront of significant French vendor to substantiate business trip for tax purposes, wink.)
Beaulieu Sur Mer
Fun dinner at the African Queen
More Bol de Moules . . .
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More to See in Picturesque Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat
The writer W. Somerset Maugham was quoted as describing CF as 'the escape hatch from Monaco for those burdened with taste.'
Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild and Gardens
Seaside palazzo owned by Beatrice de Rothschild
Estranged louse of a husband obviously not consulted on decor. All matters of decoration, very rosy.
In the eyes of her husband, B had a million dollar smile $$$$$$$
View of the Gardens from the Villa
The Notable Rose Garden
Featuring, Big Brother's Signature Stunning Pink Rose
View of the Villa from the Garden
Synchronized Aquatic Show
(Think water ballet but without the smiling beauties.)
Grand Hotel du Cap-Ferrat
We disregarded the video surveillance threat, rushed the door, and snapped this picture of . . . . nothing? Brad & Angelina had already left the building, shucks.
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Principality of Monaco
Formal Signage Reminding Pesky Tourists of the 8 Commandments of Monaco
What a Spectacular Treat to See the Tall Ships in Full Sail Practicing Before the Big Regatta!
It is Hard to Conceive the Unbridled Opulence of Monaco
Hotel de Paris
The Usual Suspects
The Bauble Store
The New Rose Gold Collection By My Personal Jeweler
Answer to the before mentioned question of - Where is the most expensive place to live in the world? Monaco is the undisputed world's most expensive location to live $$$$$$$$
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Drum roll, it is with great pleasure and satisfaction that I introduce the Blanc d'Ivoire Cote d'Azur Collection inspired by St. Tropez and plagiarised by moi.
All Weather Wicker
Love the 3 Mirrors Arranged as a Grouping
Driftwood Lamps light up the room
Even a Simple (Home Depot!) Aloe Plant Looks Significant When Placed in a Striking Urn
Fish Lure Spreaders, Anchor Olive Forks, and Crab Place Card Holders add Whimsy to Any Table Setting
Pewter Finished Metal Lamps
Linen Napkins & Table Runners
My Ideal Bol de Moules Dining Table
Yes, you can just wipe the tabletop clean!
Lots of fun accessories for the bath.
Can ya feel the cool breeze blowing in from the Mediterranean, ahh.