Jean Cocteau Museum in Menton

musee picassoThe artist and writer, Jean Cocteau first visited Menton in 1955 and called the city the “Pearl of France,” while maintaining a long-lasting relationship with the city from the late 1950’s.

He became involved in the restoration and decoration of the Bastion, a small fort built in the 17th century, in order to convert it into an exhibition place for his work:  watercolors, ceramics, tapestries, sketches, and mosaics, and more.

On the request of Francis Palmero, the Mayor at that time, Cocteau first painted the Salle des Mariages, inaugurated on 22 March 1958 and also decorated the Mayor’s office with a wall painting representing Orpheus in front of the Old City of Menton.

He is also responsible for decorating the “Chapelle St. Pierre” in Villefranche, a fishing town just outside of Nice and also lived in St. Jean Cap Ferrat – all portraying his long love affair with the French Riviera.

Musée du Bastion
Quai de Monlion – Vieux Port of Menton
Open all year round from 10.00am to 12.00pm and from 2.00pm to 6.00pm. Closed on Tuesday and holidays.
 
Cocteau Chapel
1, Quai Courbet in Villefranche
Closed on Tuesday and during lunchtime.

Restaurant in Villefranche

I hadn’t been to Villefranche for a while, so decided to have dinner there! It was such a lovely evening, that I sat outside at a corner table, to also enjoy the classical guitarist playing nearby. Good ambiance and good food – especially the dessert!

This is a NON-paid personal recommendation.

Visit to Villefranche-sur-Mer

I decided to visit Villefranche – not far from the city of Nice – for a change of scenery, to meander the narrow streets, and have an aperitif at the Port. I am always amazed at the size of the cruise ships that dock there, being a popular Mediterranean cruise stop for tourists.

I also enjoyed people watching, while sipping a classic “Kir” made with white wine and cassis syrup.

I took a relaxing stroll, while taking in the sights.

The port was packed with boats and yachts of all sizes, maneuvering around the others. There was even a water taxi service boat, which brought back memories of the Batobus in Paris.