WRITERS ON THE FRENCH RIVIERA – Tender is the Write!

rockers at the Cap! - CopyThis time last year, husband Graeme and I spent some time living in Antibes in the south of France. The last time I had been along the Riviera was 36 years previously on a bus to India – it was raining so hard that we hardly stopped and just kept on driving through! I wondered then what all the fuss was about – why did writers (from Victor Hugo to Scott Fitzgerald) find it such a conducive place to write?

Hotel du Cap where Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald stayed  (and the inspiration for Tender is the Night) - but in January c'est ferme!

Hotel du Cap where Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald stayed (and the inspiration for Tender is the Night) – but in January it is closed.

Victor stopped in Antibes for lunch - a good recommendation!

Victor Hugo stopped in Antibes for lunch – a good recommendation!

But having spent time there in the middle of winter, I understand. Its a tonic of blue skies, empty(ish) beaches, snow-capped Alps as backdrop, a place where the locals still live outdoors on cold days playing boules, reading on park benches or strolling the promenades wrapped up in fur coats and stylish hats.

Villa Eilenroc where Jules Verne lived for 3 years and wrote 20,000 Leagues under the Sea

Villa Eilenroc where Jules Verne lived for 3 years and wrote 20,000 Leagues under the Sea

The house of Nikos Kazantzaki, 8 Rue Bas Castellet in Antibes, where he wrote Zorba the Greek.

The house of Nikos Kazantzaki, 8 Rue Bas Castellet in Antibes, where he wrote Zorba the Greek.

I hope other writers got more work done than I did! But it was a great place to re-charge the writing batteries – and give inspiration for future storytelling ….

More pictures at: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Overlanders-Janet-MacLeod-Trotter/341194588115

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