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t seems there is something about the light in Antibes that enchants artists. Wandering around the Old Town, you will come across many little art galleries and shops with works by local painters. Yet they are only following in the footsteps of some of the greatest names.

Monet painted a great many views of the Old Town across the water of Salis bay, trying the capture the magic of the light and color.

Picasso also spent some time in Antibes at the medieval castle Chateau Grimaldi, just a couple of minutes walk from Les Trois Palmes, which has since become a museum bearing his name, with collections not just of his own works but also those of other artists associated with Antibes.

Other notable names include Renoir, Paul Signac, Hans Hartung, Nicolas De StaŽl, Leonard Wren and Veronique Vadon.

Writers also love Antibes

Antibes has been just as popular with writers.

Graham Greene must be one of the most travelled authors of all time. Yet, in his later years, there was just one place he preferred to live. He stayed in a small apartment in Rue Pasteur overlooking the port so as to be close to the woman he loved.

They used to have lunch every day at Chez Felix, just a minute's walk from Les Trois Palmes. Some of his short stories. such as May We Borrow Your Husband, are set in the Old Town.

Somerset Maugham lived for some time in the Villa Lawrence on the Ramparts of Antibes just beside the Picasso museum. He wrote The Razor's Edge in Antibes. His short stories include the Three Fat Women of Antibes which is set in the Hotel du Cap on the Cap d'Antibes.


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Lawrence Durrell wrote Caesar's Vast Ghost as a tribute to Provence and donated a bursary to Antibes that is awareded each year to the most promising young writer in the town.

Paul Galico also lived and worked in Antibes writing his delightful books about cats.

Nikos Kazanzakis was also in Antibes, and after his death the town honoured him with a plaque just off the Place Safranier with the inscription 'I fear Nothing, I want Nothing, I am free'.

Anthony Burgess lived mainly in Monaco for the latter part of his life. In a selection of his essays - A Homage to QWERTY - he describes his journey to Antibes to interview Graham Greene.

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