One spring weekend I had a chance to take a little walk around the French region of Alpes-Maritimes. The road me first, of Nice, which is also the capital of the department, led by the painter `s paradise / Saint-Paul-de-Vence. So the seashore to the mountains and in the deep Greenery. Coming into the famous and lively ambiance. I chose to stay at a hotel "La Combe d'Or." It is an object outside the medieval city walls. I'm standing in front of a two-storey building, which was completely covered in ivy. Old and adapted building with many stone arches, wooden elements.
With some respect going into this hotel as I was before coming to Vence informed of what the object I'm going. It's old, and artistic history of Europe deserves hotel'' Colombe d'Or'', which since the 1916th hosts then young, and today in history moved fine artists. While the World War I stalked Europe, they were at the hotel its bills for accommodation, food and hospitality, I almost forgot - I drink, paying drawings, sketches and paintings. The evidence for this is still located on the walls of the renovated and attractive buildings. It is said - who knows - will give him! A former owner '' Colombe d'Or'' is a remarkable feeling that he'll stay fine artists one day pay off. Testifying canvases by Monet, Renoir, but I Braque, Picasso, Miró, Seraut, Utrilo Renoir, Modigliani, Matisse ...
Entrance to the hotel. From the reception area, which seems to be a combination of the entrance to the chapel and at the same time in a typical house of the court of the French middle class, with a statue of the Madonna in the apse, in the manner fresco painting-done walls and black-and-white photographs of Picasso, going deeper into the restaurant, the combination of valuable paintings, masks and applications of all kinds, lamps, decorative pillows, lots of wood and iron elements, in contrast to restaurants furniture and silverware, provides an amazing atmosphere. I'm wondering if this is a restaurant in the gallery or an exhibition of paintings as settled in the area for the enjoyment of food and drink. Hotel `s garden, which is used by the restaurant, and there is housed a swimming pool, also has a unique and unusual configuration in which the intertwined trees unusual almost sculptural shapes, various flowers, ceramic elements, stone and plenty of ivy, also provides daily meals breath challenges. Inside, dine in the presence of the great French painting, and every exit to the garden good food or drink adds pleasure and refined natural flavors. I admit, I was still more baffled and inspired by Matisse and Picasso. While I was having lunch I loved that we are somewhere on the side. In the corner of my eye I see, and they do not look at me! Freer I felt only in front of the ceramic murals by Fernand Leger. Garden ivy, which softened the curvature of its cubist female figures, allowed me to breakfast, the white coffee or tea, be relaxed.
Night's sleep in comfortable rooms, which have something of the atmosphere of the French private life of 19 and 20 century, but it was good preparation for the enjoyment of layered comfort of this hotel, which in itself, despite the art features, and contains clear elements of rustic and past more peaceful times.
From the hotel meals I remember an unusual supper. I sat, I remember well, in front of paintings by Claude Monet, through restaurant slid stereo sound tracks Yves Montand, who was often a guest here, he and Simon Signoret. I listened to "Dans Les Plaines du Far-West" and enjoyed with unusual and delicious food: grilled peppers in olive oil, caramelized onions, stuffed baby vegetables, baked Provençal tomatoes, beans, anchovies, aubergine's.
On a cruise by Alps-Maritimes, from a trip to the town / village of Valbonne, which was built with incredible symmetry about the homonymous of the ancient village, had lunch in a very original and rustic cafeteria. It was called "Le Bistrot du Sommelier". It's all there, the external appearance, interior services, inventory tavern, much simpler and more popular, but the lunch we ate, close Provencal, was very tasty. On this menu that you yourself stated: Lotte larded Provencal, Mackerel Fillets, Mashed Potatoes with Olives, Sautéed Veal and Vegetables French New, Angus Flank, Confit Shallots, Veal Liver with Parsley ... We ate, but not us from the wall looked great painter! For supper, we were back at our impresonista and Cubists at La Colombe d'Or.