Nice, Marseille + The Côte d'Azur

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The south of France is heating up this summer with three restaurants from French über-chefs. Following their success in Montpellier, the Pourcel twins have opened La Compagnie des Comptoirs (83 Rue Joseph-Vernet; 33-4/90-85-99-04; dinner for two $...
Tell someone you're headed to a festival in the south of France, and they'll mention starlets on the Croisette. Say you're attending the Festival International des Arts de la Mode, and the conversation will grind to a halt. But this avant-garde fa...
It is 6 p.m. on the first Monday in July. You've been in St.-Tropez only a week, but when you pull up to Le Club 55 on Pampelonne Beach for a last swim on your last afternoon, Christophe, the parking valet, welcomes you back. Sure, you were there...
Here's my problem with today's American cars: they have no sense of humor. They're so smug and serious, so full of gravitas, and so damn big. And with only a few exceptions, they all look alike. Back in the old days, a man's automobile was an exte...
When seclusion is paramount, choose one of these new far-flung hideaways. • The most recent addition to Grace Leo-Andrieu's stylish oeuvre is L'Orangerie (St.-Jean-Cap-Ferrat, France; 800/223-6800 or 33-4/93-76-31-00; www.royal-riviera.com; suite...
The 80-mile sweep of land known as the Côte d'Azur is a necklace of towns strung along a rocky coast. Sun-worn locals sip pastis while rubbing elbows with international boldfaced names; yachts share the docks with broken-down fishing boats; Rolls-...
When boutique hotelier Jocelyne Sibuet, owner of Les Fermes de Marie in the French Alps and Provence's Bastide de Marie, opens a new property, style hounds snap to attention. Her latest project, Villa Marie, nuzzles a silent park of leggy pine par...
Europe is buzzing about a trio of classic hotels. ENGLAND On the misty river Bovey in southwest England, Bovey Castle (Dartmoor National Park, North Bovey; 44-1647/445-016; www.boveycastle.com; doubles from $270) looks half a millennium old except...
I don't think you can go wrong with things that have a little bit of age and character," Judy Hornby says, lounging on the terrace of her Avignon apartment. If you had any doubt as to her métier, you could probably make an educated guess by lookin...
Not long ago, it wasn't easy being Nice. Travelers shunned it, electing not to spend their Riviera holidays in a listless community of shuffling retirees whose last wish before dying was a perfect hazelnut tan. Until recently, even the French didn...
In 1949, a publicity-seeking bombshell dropped her bikini top in front of Robert Mitchum, cameras clicked, and the Cannes film festival became synonymous with sun, sex, and celluloid. During the festival (this year, May 9 to 20), the sun sometimes...
Another deep blue evening on the Côte d'Azur. The ocean is black, with phosphorescent streaks. The façades of Nice's long promenade are greenish-white, like skeletons a-dance in limelight. My shoes, though brown, are not made of leather and theref...
The French Riviera is not a place generally known for its low-key style. Driving between Nice and Menton last October, I passed or was passed by Bentley convertibles, scarlet Ferraris, and outsized yachts. I rode by opulent estates seclude...
With a pair of palace hotels leading the way, Europe delivers a king's ransom of notable debuts this season. The Four Seasons Hotel Gresham Palace Budapest (5-6 Roosevelt Tér.; 36-1/268-6000; www.fourseasons.com; doubles from $335), an Art Nouveau...
See our slideshow of 2009 Travel Horoscopes. Matt Murphy, 38, a Capricorn from New York City, is planning a big trip in 2009 but agonizing between a jaunt to tango in Buenos Aires or a nightlife jag in Shanghai. The price is the same, but which t...