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Cote d'Azur

Visit the Cote d'Azur to get the same bright color feelings as the artists Renoir, Matisse and Picasso. Not only family-friendly beaches with hours of relaxation, but there are old forts to explore, water parks, Marineland, artist's museums, day hikes with a picnic. Rent a house or stay in a campground, plan to spend at least a week - kids won't want to leave.

  Island of Sainte Marguerite (Cannes) – Take a short boat trip from the Port of Cannes to the Island of Sainte Marguerite (Ile Ste-Marguerite). In the 18th century, the island had an infamous fort that was a prison and home to "the man in the iron mask." The island has good swimming and a nice climb up to old fort, Fort de l'Ile, on the hill. This is a perfect picnic spot.
    Musée International de la Parfumerie (Grasse) – Inside this perfume museum, you can see perfume bottles dating back to the Romans and don't miss Marie Antoinette's cosmetics case. Also tour "parfumeries," in Grasse, small perfume factories to learn about how perfume is made (perfume is for sale too). Fragonard, Molinard and Galimard are three popular parfumeries.
    Biot – This charming town is famous for it's handblown glass. Go to a glassworks to watch the artisans, melting, shaping, and blowing glassware. Take home a souvenir of bubbles in the finished glassware.
Renoir's House (Cagnes-sur-Mer) – Visit Renoir's studio, "Les Collettes," much as it was when he painted there, surrounded by his family. Here he painted some of his most famous paintings, such as The bathers, and scenes, such as Washerwomen at Cagnes, and The farm at Les Collettes.
Baou St. Jennet (St. Jennet) – Climb up this towering pile of rock above the town of St. Jennet. This is a day hike that younger kids can do, and along the way there are wonderful views to the sea. You'll also want to pack a picnic lunch.
kids books cote dzur france
pablo picasso  
Pablo Picasso (Little People, Big Dreams)
Maria Isabel Sanchez Vegara, Terasa Bellon

Story of Pablo Picasso, growing up in Spain, moving to France, painting only blue paintings, his new style of Cubism, he created so many artworks, but never stopped trying to paint like a child. Beautifully illustrated, perfect for younger kids! (Picture book)


Henri Matisse: Drawing With Scissors
Jane O'Connor, Jessie Hartland

Colorful mini-biography of Henri Matisse – for over sixty years, he not only painted, but he made sculptures, his famous cut-outs, costumes and stained glass windows. Charming collage style illustrations. (Picture book)


matisse drawing with scissors
meet the artist henri matisse  

Pop-up biography of Henri Matisse, from "the moment I held the box of colors in my hands, I knew this was life," to his paintings of pink oceans, yellow houses, and in later years, giant paper cutouts and stained glass windows. (Activity book)


(More children's books on other France pages)
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