the cote d’azur à la belle époque

by Sharon Santoni


Having just spent four days with my children in the south of France, I fully expected to bring you a long list of places to go, things to do …..

detail from Belle Epoque architecture Nice cote d'azur

I did fit in one fantastic photo shoot about a French designer, that you’ll be seeing very soon, but the truth is that I was so caught up in the kids’ routine, and in giving a hand with the renovation of an office space for one of my girls that the days just sped by.

detail from Belle Epoque architecture Nice cote d'azur

So instead of my intended post, I simply bring you a few shots of the architecture here, where Mediterranean colours, blend in with Belle Epoque fresques and curves.  Where turquoise shutters protect from the midday sun and pop colour onto the tall terracotta facades.

detail from Belle Epoque architecture Nice cote d'azur

The Promenade des Anglais that runs along the seafront, and the Russian Church take us back to the nineteenth century, When Edith Wharton portrayed her wealthy characters in Nice and Monte Carlo as they took in their Grand Tour.  Where English lords built crazy follies, and it was important to be seen and leave your mark.

detail from Belle Epoque architecture Nice cote d'azur

Those days of languid elegance may be behind us now, but we can be grateful for their extravagant homes, left standing high above the town, “We were here, we saw all this long ago…..”

view over baie des anges ,Nice cote d'azue


Adieu from the Cote d’Azur


view over baie des anges ,Nice cote d'azue


Cindy April 4, 2015 - 1:26 pm

So beautiful! Thank you for sharing these extraordinary photographs. Curious about your daughter’s office redo—–I’ve just taken a job working from a home office and need some ideas for style and practicality. Would love to see what you created! Please share?

Vicky from Athens April 4, 2015 - 1:39 pm

Your post today has made me even more excited (if that’s possible) about my upcoming trip to SE France. My sister and I will be headquartered in L’Isle sur la Sorgue but every day we’ll be heading out in a different direction, taking in as much as possible, including a day in Cassis.
Thanks for whetting my appetite for more!

Esther George April 4, 2015 - 1:42 pm

Happy Easter Sharon, it’s 20minutes after midnight and my son tells me our clocks go back one hour tonight, here we go again trying to get used to the change. How beautiful is this place, the architecture is just dreamy, the way you have captured it what can I say but thank you for sharing beauty. Till next time regards Esther from Sydney.

Judi April 4, 2015 - 1:49 pm

Gorgeous photos, as always! I want to be there!!

Maria from Miami April 4, 2015 - 1:55 pm

Beautiful post. You brought back memories, I was there five years ago. It was beautiful.

Karena April 4, 2015 - 2:06 pm

Sharon, what glorious and artful architecture. I can see what a pleasure it must have been to be here with your children in the south of France!

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Donna Baker April 4, 2015 - 4:03 pm

I do think it is the most beautiful place I’ve ever seen.

Reply April 4, 2015 - 5:56 pm

Beautiful photos and a very happy Easter to you 🙂

Katy April 4, 2015 - 6:10 pm

Sharon, I’m so happy a dear friend, Barbara Babich, told me about your blog quite awhile ago. Yours is one of only three blogs I subscribe to and read.
I love, love, love your photos and the information you post. I’m hoping you will share some of your photography tips, such as, model of camera, lens, auto or manual settings, morning or afternoon light…whatever you would be willing to share. Thank you!

Barbara Warren April 4, 2015 - 6:10 pm

So lovely! Thanks for sharing.

Agnes Irene April 4, 2015 - 7:14 pm

Absolutely beautiful – these photos create a real longing in me to experience such loveliness.

Delaine April 4, 2015 - 9:00 pm

Gorgeous pictures, Sharon! Brings back memories of being in the South of France 6 years ago… Can’t believe it has been that long ago! I cannot imagine living among all this loveliness all the time as you do whether it is here or Normandy. Merci for sharing!

SUSAN April 4, 2015 - 9:24 pm

How beautiful…………..the light is amazing!
We will be in Cannes for 2 weeks in October, can’t wait to see it for myself, sooo exciting!!
cheers from Australia,

Elvie April 5, 2015 - 1:54 am

Beautiful photos ,love to see the sights in the different regions of France

The Enchanted Home April 5, 2015 - 1:51 pm

Wow wishing you a wonderful Easter, these pictures are fabulous!!!!

Betty Camacho April 6, 2015 - 12:04 am

Reading your post as I sit here in the sweetest little rooftop apartment in Villefranche sur Mer. Possibly one of the most loveliest spots ever. We booked this Easter get-away quite spontaneously just 2 weeks ago and it’s been a wonderful treat. Like finding a precious gem.


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