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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
When Pigasso met Mootisse childrens books cote dazur france  

Hilarious story of Pigasso and Mootisse, based on the true story of Picasso and Matisse. When both artists criticize each other's paintings, things really get out of hand. Fabulous illustrations, bursting with color and fun. (Picture book)



Excellent interactive biography of Pablo Picasso with pop-ups, lift the flap, see what Picasso painted as child, make your own Cubist collage! (Activity book)

Also for younger kids, book with re-usable stickers: Pablo Picasso: Sticker Art Shapes


meet the artist! pablo picasso
Picasso and the Girl with a Ponytail cote dazur france kids books  

Shy Sylvette, a teenager with a long blond ponytail, becomes a model for Picasso. He paints tons of pictures of her, makes sculptures (which don't look at all like her), and eventually Sylvette becomes a painter herself. (Picture book)


Henri Matisse: Drawing With Scissors
Keesia Johnson, 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)


Henri Matisse: Drawing With Scissors kids books nice france
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)


Matisse's Garden
Samantha Friedman, Cristina Amodeo

It all started when Matisse cut a white bird out of a piece of paper, then he added more birds, and a blue sky and sea background. Two page fold-outs and fabulous cut-paper illustrations, kids will want to immediately get out scissors, and start creating their own garden. (Picture book)


cote dazur france biography kids Pierre Auguste Renoir  
Pierre Auguste Renoir
Mike Venezia

Mini-biography of Renoir, the Impressionist "painter of happiness." Renoir made chalk drawings on the floor of his father's shop; his outdoor scenes of people having fun were revolutionary at the time, Renoir liked to paint his children. (Picture book)


(More children's books on other France pages)
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