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French Riviera & Corsica Port Planner

F. Scott Fitzgerald set his final novel Tender is the Night in the South of France, where he describes the coast lined with pines and poplars, and where the Mediterranean gives up its colors “pigment by pigment” under the bright light of the sun. His work helped establish the idea of the French Riviera…

F. Scott Fitzgerald set his final novel Tender is the Night in the South of France, where he describes the coast lined with pines and poplars, and where the Mediterranean gives up its colors “pigment by pigment” under the bright light of the sun. His work helped establish the idea of the French Riviera as the summer seaside playground. Brigitte Bardot was often photographed exploring the streets of the seaside town looking impossibly stylish, while Princess Grace brought Hollywood glamour to Monaco. This world of jetsetters and silver-screen stars still descend on the French Riviera every summer, and in the restaurants and cafés of Cap d’Antibes, Monaco and Nice, a bevy of happy sun-kissed travelers can be found, each with a Bellini in hand.That, however, is only one aspect of the Riviera which has also been home to a number of artists—Picasso, Cezanne, Chagall, Matisse and van Gogh were all inspired by the brilliant light, and their paintings can be seen in their former homes and museums here. Head inland and you’ll find medieval towns perched on hilltops, and fields of lavender and sunflowers. In these villages, the most exciting activity is often a long lunch or a game of pétanque in the town square.Off the coast, the French island of Corsica draws some of the yachting set, but it somehow remains wonderfully underdeveloped. The 200-some beaches rarely get crowded while much of its mountainous interior is protected parkland, home to sheep, the Corsican red deer and countless bird species.

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