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French Riviera Wet Weather Wonders

Sunset It's raining on the Côte d'Azur... Bonjour Tristesse!

What do you do when drops fall from the sky on the French Riviera?

After all, you didn't visit to stay "Entre les Murs" (translation = behind walls, but film title "The Class") during your vacation, even if the movie of the same title won the 2008 Palme d'Or today at the 2008 Cannes Film Fest.

So what to do while swim suits await in bottom of suitcase? Try these ideas:

1. Pick up a good book and find a nook in a café. Our list of favorite English-language bookshops between Cannes and Nice?

  1. Cat's Whiskers in Nice -- 04 93 80 02 66
  2. Scruples in Monaco -- 377 93 50 43 52
  3. The English Book Centre in Valbonne -- 04 93 12 21 42
  4. Cannes English Bookshop in Cannes -- 04 93 99 40 08
  5. Castle Bookshop in Fayence -- 04 94 84 72 00

2. Visit a grand villa or a museum. You may not be alone with that idea, but you'll have many to pick from. Just a few great ones:

  1. Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild, on St-Jean-Cap-Ferrat
  2. Fondation Maeght, in ever so popular St-Paul-de-Vence
  3. Musee Picasso, Antibes (it reopens Summer 2008)
  4. Chapelle du Rosaire, Vence
  5. Villa Kerylos, Beaulieu-sur-Mer
  6. Archaeological Museum, Cimiez area of Nice

3. Go to a concert. Where do you learn about them? The local papers Nice-Matin or Var-Matin... have them in French, or check out the tourism boards' web sites.

4. Drop by the Musee de l'Art Culinaire, in Villeneuve-Loubet. Then try your hand at a sunny Provençal recipe.

5. Visit the Tropics. Click here to take a look at Parc Phoenix by Nice and its giant glass house that stands 25 meters high and homes an intricate array of tropical plants.

Soon, the weather will return to its Mediterranean warmth and you'll be headed for the beach!

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