france holiday snaps: villa in Cannes

Alkukesästä, myöhään meille, löimme kesälomasuunnitelmat kiinni. Kesäkuun alussa vapaiden loma-asuntojen valikoima oli limited, mutta vaihtoehtojon joukosta valitsimme lopulta vastaremontoidun ja vuokramarkkinoille tulleen villan Cannesin laidalla. Moderni ja minimalistinen oleva talo ei ollut aivan romanttinen bastide tai vuosisadanvaihteen huvila, mutta lopulta upea kolmessa tasossa oleva piha (rappusia riitti), näköalat jyrkässä rinteessä olevalta tontilta ja se saatavuus voittivat. Taaperon kanssa oli ihana vain hengata uima-altaalla, leikata paloja jääkaappikylmasta vesimelonista ja siemailla kylmää Pampelonne roseeta. Miksi ruoka maistuu aina paremmalta Ranskassa?

My Husband is well known for planning his goings months if not years in advance. This year, however, it was until start of June before we got around deciding to rent a villa in South of France. With a couple months to go villa selection was limited and from the short list of acceptable properties (three bedrooms, private swimming pool plus reasonable location) we went for a recently renovated and listed in the outskirts of Cannes. Modern, minimalistic and very suburban looking house wasn’t quite the romantic bastide or a chateau or even a town house I had imagined, but in the end the spot on the steep hill with amazing views (how many time have I pointed out that the vies were a-m-a-zing?) as well as August availability did it for us. With toddler it was just lovely lounge around the swimming pool while snacking fringe cold water melon and sipping Pampelonne…

We have already made plans for next summer and we have some properties earmarked. As nice as quiet Super Cannes was, next time we would like to find a villa within walking distance to a beach and restaurants. And next time we’ll stay for at least another week!

Those breath taking views over to Juan-les-Pins and Cap d’Antibes. Our villa was on a steep hill and to get to the house you had to climb several sets of steep stairs. Very pretty tough and lovely gardens. We never do barbecue in at home. Here it just seemed the only way to cook prepare food.

Wire fencing protecting from steep drop down from the pool decking (they so could have built an infinity pool here) proved useful for drying towels and swim cozzies. These White Company hammam towels are brilliant for travel use: they dry quickly and fold small.

In the high season tourist hot spots of Antibes and Cannes host soirees pyrotechniques once a week. From the villa we saw the feu d’artifice over Antibes. The Cannes fireworks the following night didn’t quite rise high enough for us the see from behind the house next door, but the music and smoke were impressive. 

Sunrise on a Saturday morning. I was up bright and early… with Bootot. 

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