Charming Antibes

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Charming Antibes by Train from Nice

Antibes is charming anytime, but I found the town very quiet compared to my visit in September 2018. Its February, so that isn’t surprising and it was quite nice to have the town to myself!

The trains from Nice Ville to Antibes leave often and can take anywhere from 15-25 minutes, depending on the time of day and how many stops.

The Nice train station is a ten-minute walk from my apartment.  I have the whole day to devote to Antibes, so no need to rush.

I haven’t worked up the courage to use one of these scary machines yet.  So, coward that I am, I wait in line for a real person to sell me a ticket

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Train From Nice to Antibes 

The train is on time, and it was easy to figure out the platform from the overhead screen. I stamped my ticket in the indicated yellow machine. However, using the device that opens the gates to the platforms is another story. The machine is supposed to read the barcode, but the glass is too scratched. People try, fail, give up, then closely follow someone else who is miraculously able to scan through the gates. Buzzers go off, but no one takes notice.
On the train conductors only periodically check tickets, but when they do, you’d better have the right one, correctly date stamped. Not sure what happens to offenders, but this girl isn’t taking a chance.

The train I took was about 25 minutes.  The cost for a senior return ticket is 8 euro.  The only stipulation with a senior fare is I have to return before 5 PM.  No problem. 

There was one little wrinkle, I was expecting a lovely French voice to announce the stops and she was silent!  Fortunately, as the station neared I recognized the landscape and asked my seatmate to verify.   

The Antibes train station is right in town and there’s a handy Tourist office a few meters away. 

I chose to come on a Tuesday because its a market day, and French markets are always my first stop. Arriving there I had my first clue that this was indeed February. The market I remember from September was huge and spilled out into the surrounding streets. This market was minuscule, only about six vendors; fortunately, the cheese man was there (perhaps his name is Philippe)! There were some beautiful fruits and vegetables, lavender products, jams, and I found my favorite candied ginger. However, that was the extent of the market.


Outdoor markets in France have been around for hundreds of years. I found this group of pictures at the market and I was fascinated.

Le Vieil Antibes cafe.  This cafe is a favorite of my friend Patricia Sands, author of the Love in Provence book series and creator of  South of France Memories Tours . Patricia’s books and tours are based on a story that takes place in Antibes and the area.   

Harbor, I love seeing the snow-covered mountains in the distance. 

February swimming in the Med – brrrrr!

The Picasso Museum in Antibes was formerly Chateau Grimaldi. 

Rue de Haut Castelett, a lovely quiet residential area. 

When the market is over for the day. 

Statue on Square 

Several businesses closed for February. 

These trees are dormant but will come alive in the Spring. 

There seems to be a Ferris wheel in every town!

Most of the shops on a street near the harbor are art studios and galleries. 

 

 

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I'm in my sixties with the world at my feet and thoughts mostly of "where to next?". I retired in 2017, sold my house in Massachusetts and most of my furniture and "stuff." When not traveling you can find me in Florida in the winter and Rhode Island in the summer. Travel has been a passion from a young age, over the years I've discovered I'm a traveler, not a tourist. I prefer traveling solo, with a travel friend, or small groups. Whenever possible I would rather spend time in one place rather than moving around. I'll never turn down an opportunity to go to France, but my travels have taken me all over the world. I've met some incredible people and had some fantastic experiences.

8 Comments

  • Dottie February 17, 2020 at 1:23 pm Reply

    My brave friend traveling alone through France. I can tell you are having a wonderful time. Your pictures are wonderful. I checked on your cottage yesterday and all is well including your shed. It is still standing!! Be well.

  • Sharen February 17, 2020 at 5:11 pm Reply

    Beautiful weather – so nice for wandering around and browsing!

    • Kathryn Schlitzer February 24, 2020 at 7:40 am Reply

      Hi Sharen, the weather here has been wonderful. Not a rainy day the whole month. Sun almost every day. It can be cool at times but I know how to dress for the cold! I usually take a layer off in the middle of the day. I just love it here.
      Kathy

  • Tommy February 17, 2020 at 7:27 pm Reply

    Hi Kathy, You are one traveling lady. Nice pictures of Nice. Will see you before we know it. Tommy

    • Kathryn Schlitzer February 24, 2020 at 7:37 am Reply

      Hi Tommy, This has been a great experience. I wasn’t sure what to expect but it’s exceeded my most hopeful expectations. I move to Aix en Provence on Sunday but will be sad to leave Nice.
      I hope all is well with you guys. Thank you for checking on my place. I’m glad the money I put into securing the shed wasn’t wasted!
      See you in May.
      Kathy

  • Patricia February 21, 2020 at 8:09 pm Reply

    Kathy, I’m so excited to see how your adventure is unfolding! I’ve just caught up on all of your blog posts … but, bien sûr, I had to leave a comment on your Antibes post! <3

  • bonnie Fields February 22, 2020 at 4:17 pm Reply

    Hi Kathy,
    Did you visit the Picasso museum? We were in Antibes too, but didn’t have time to see the museum. Such a beautiful town. But still glad to have stayed in Nice.

    • Kathryn Schlitzer February 24, 2020 at 7:34 am Reply

      HI Bonnie, I’m not a huge fan of Picasso but still wanted to see the museum however it was closed and I never went back after lunch. Next time!
      Yes, I too love staying in Nice and have met so many wonderful people. I’m off to Aix en Provence on March 1st for a month but will be sad to leave Nice. I’ve been to Aix a couple of times but for short periods so this should be a great experience.
      Kathy

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