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Renoir’s house in Cagnes-sur-Mer

Confusingly Cagnes-sur-Mer is not by the sea – that’s Cros de Cagnes! It’s worth the walk up the winding road (with no pavements) to find Renoir’s house and beautiful garden.

The house is open to the public in the summer (though it’s advisable to check opening times first at the tourist office). Many of Renoir’s paintings are on the walls and in his studio you’ll imagine he’s about to continue painting.

I love the garden even more than the house – it’s a beautiful peaceful place with the most amazing ancient olive trees

from the garden you have a great view of Haut-de-Cagnes which is the oldest and highest part of the town.

There is a free shuttle bus which takes you at break-neck speed from the bus station up the winding narrow streets to the top of the old town where the museum is and back down again even faster…




What a great game! I love pétanque and Nice is a brilliant place to watch groups of players in parks – among the olive trees in Cimiez for example – where you’ll find games in progress most afternoons.

You’ll also find clubs and open pistes dotted around the town, on the sea-front near the airport, on the slopes of the Colline du Chateau and in the Vieille Ville. You can see some of the clubs in Nice here

Check out to see photos from the recent massive petanque competition held in Nice.

Who loves pétanque?