2 Our first stop in Southern France was the Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc in Antibes. Our friend, Susan Magrino, was there with her husband, Jim Dunning, for a bit of R and R. I was there to speak at the EY Conference with Alan Luchs, and Kevin Sharkey was there for scouting.
3 There is an actual pool, but guests can also swim in the sea, protected by a deep net that keeps out the fish.
4 This is a view of the waterside pool, which is so beautiful and abuts the sea.
5 Great yachts pass by all the time and many anchor nearby, so guests can come ashore to eat at the hotel.
7 Jean, or Johnny as he is affectionately called by his friends, entertains lavishly- he has an annual Cannes Film Festival party here on his lawn.
9 Kevin examined every aspect of the garden courtyard of the hotel and marvelled at the wonderful combination of roses and palm trees.
10 The harbor in Monaco is filled with an impressive assortment of yachts of all sizes.
11 One of my friends lives in Monaco part-time and entertained us at her apartment. The flower arrangements were beautiful.
12 The view from my friends' apartment looks over the Casino de Monte Carlo, a famous landmark, and the Hotel de Paris Monte Carlo.
13 Everywhere in Monaco, irrespective of privacy, new buildings are being constructed almost on top of older buildings. Land is scarce and in great demand!
14 Imagine the views of the pool from the new building right next door.
15 The next morning we drove into Nice for the giant antiques market- lots of faience, lots of silver.
16 I loved this asparagus set- not the typical 19th century design.
17 Lovely coquilles plates for serving lobster salad or coquilles St. Jacques.
18 Another design for crab, oysters and crayfish.
19 At the market- Monday morning by the way- there were so many booths filled with all sorts of French and European linens like these lovely kitchen towels.
20 I so much wanted to buy this bed cover, hand embroidered with sea life.
21 Perhaps the cutest thing in the market, maybe in all of the south of France, was this toy Spitz.
22 I could certainly use this delightful "toy" in a Petsmart ad.
23 Every booth had something to buy- these silver buckets caught our eyes.
24 There were so many fabrics- I did restrain myself severely.
25 Another lovely faience aspargus serving plate.
26 Whimsical cat pottery.
27 We were then shephered by my friend Kirs to the historical home of Irish designer, Eileen Gray, on the coast in Monaco. Eileen was renowned for her work as an architect, designer, and pioneer in the Modern Movement in architecture. Her house was descorated with extraordinary paintings by the Swiss-French architect, designer, and painter, Le Corbusier. http://www.eileengray.co.uk
28 The bedroom has Ms. Gray's furniture and murals by Le Corbusier, another pioneer of what is now called modern architecture.
29 The architecture is being carefully restored and rebuilt and the gardens planted and cared for.
30 A beautiful tapestry rug designed by Eileen covers the tile floor of the bedroom.
31 Gray Matters director, Marco Orsini, showed us around- his knowledge was very complete and the information, fascinating. Gray Matters is a documentary examining the life and work of Eileen Gray.
32 Another chair- very comfortable.
33 Another mural by Le Corbusier- very graphic.
34 The very iconic Eileen Gray side table.
35 The swimming pool in the garden below the multi-level home- it, too, had numerous "levels".
36 The property looks right back at the city of Monaco.
37 The house is quite like a smalll yacht- canvas walkway-covers span the decks.
38 Alan Luchs, Daisy and Kevin enjoyed the tour, the views, the gardens and of course the art.
39 A bas relief mural by Le Corbusier has been carefully restored in the outdoor dining room.
40 Modern built-ins from the period- very clever and very contemporary.
41 Above the house are the original apartments built for visiting artists- modest housing in a most "unmodest " setting right on the Cote d'Azur.
42 Another view from the house.
43 A tiny spiral staircase winds its way to the roof of the house.
44 An Eileen Gray screen in black lacquer.
45 The "dining room" indoors.
46 Another mural.
47 Kevin thought I would look good next to this mural.
48 This is a formal portrait of the lecturer, Marco Orsini, me, and my friends, Kira Faiman, Alan and Kevin.
49 Of course, no visit to Monaco would be complete without a spa treatment or two- I treated myself to a facial and massage at Margy's.
51 I must say the treatments are some of the best I have ever had.
52 My dear friend, Eileen Rockefeller, was in Monte Carlo to speak also.
53 I stopped to pose with other speakers and guests from the summit. It was wonderful to meet so many people who are passionate about business and entrepreneurism.
54 Princess Charlene of Monaco spoke about her pet project- so interesting.
55 On stage being interviewed by partner at EY, Global Vice Chair of Strategic Growth Markets, Maria Pinelli.
57 One of the pillows.