Gardens of the French Riviera, part 3
May 16, 2011Public
Photo: On our final day we take a train to Cap Ferrat, abode of the rich and famous. This is Villefranche-sur-Mer, snapped from the train window.
Photo: Orange beach umbrellas and the sparkling blue Med caught my eye on this fine morning.
Photo: Cap Ferrat is a peninsula between Nice and Monaco. A footpath runs all the way around it.
Photo: It is THE place to own a villa, if you can afford it.
Photo: David Niven, Somerset Maugham, and Charlie Chaplin had homes here.
Photo: Current residents include Andrew Lloyd Weber, and Paul Allen (co-founder of Microsoft).
Photo: Today's destination: by special invitation, the villa and gardens of the Baroness Ephrussi de Rothchild.
Photo: After a warm welcome by the Baroness herself (she declined to be photographed) ...
Photo: we roam her airy Tuscan palazzo ...
Photo: ... marvelling at the elegance and detail.
Photo: The Baroness, an avid Rambler herself in earlier years ....
Photo: ... grants us rare access ...
Photo: ... into her ...
Photo: ... private apartments!
Photo: Then, with a laugh, she turns us out to play in her gardens before lunch.
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Photo: As a special treat, she switches on her musical fountains ...
Photo: ... which pulse and sway to the strains of Viennese waltzes ...
Photo: ... to the great delight of all.
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Photo: When the fountains fall quiet ...
Photo: ... there is plenty more to see.
Photo: Nine different gardens, in fact.
Photo: This is the Spanish Garden ...