We’re happy to be back in the beautiful sunshine of Antibes for another séjour of undetermined length. It’s almost as if we never even left, with the apartment remaining in good shape, and the car still running, and no problems encountered. The only signs of our absence were a very full mailbox and the dead plants on the terrace.
We’ve noticed a few changes in town since our departure at the end of September, such as “Maison Rober” no longer exists on rue de la République. It was a small boucherie and market which has now been replaced by a small chain market called “Shopi”. Another thing I had never noticed before, and I’m assuming they are new, are the paintings near Plage Royal. The first one, pictured above, is a reproduction of a painting called, The Harbor of Antibes (1897) by Eugene Boudin, which must have been painted from this very perspective. The other, pictured below, is a reproduction from Antibes’ Musée Peynet (Place Nationale, tél: 04.92.90.54.30) of his famous characters, “Les Amoureux” (The Lovers), of whom he drew over 6000 illustrations. This one is called, Les Amoureux aux Remparts, which Raymond Peynet painted in 1985. “Les Amoureux” were based on Raymond Peynet himself and his beloved wife, Denise, with whom he shared his life for 60 years. This painting too could have been painted from this very perspective.