Inspiration: Colour in the South of France

On 13 October 2019, 23 lucky Tuis|Home readers flew to Lorgues in France to enjoy a three-day masterclass with Annie Sloan.

Our bus went straight to Cannes from Nice airport, straining under the weight of our luggage and tangible excitement. We meandered up a hill to get a bird’s eye view of this city famous for hosting amongst others the Cannes film festival and attracting the rich and famous to its luxury hotels and restaurants. 

Lorgues with all its country charm is located in the middle of wineries and fields filled with olive trees. Staying at the beautiful Maison du Midi and Villa la Lorgue with the church as our beacon, and it’s bell as our daily wakeup call, the village quickly felt like home. 

Annie’s Antibes bright green paint is named after this charming town between Cannes and Nice on the Côte d’Azur where our group shopped in the old town as well as whizzed through the Picasso museum. Chateau Grimaldi was home to the artist for a short while and it is surreal to walk the halls and stand where he stood.

In Saint-Tropez, another town on the French Riviera famous for bel beaches and expensive treats, we tasted La Tarte Tropézienne, imagined French actress Brigitte Bardot walking the same streets as we were exploring all while admiring the yachts and beautiful azure waters.   

Even the rain could not dampen the shine of the treasures we relished at the Marche a la Brocante in Nice. What an ending to a beautiful week in France. 

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