Cap d'Antibes

On Christmas Day 2009, the weather was sunny but cool with extreme, stormlike winds. The waves were something to see; in fact, they did quite a bit of damage. On December 27, we decided to take a walk along the western shore of the Cap d'Antibes, a peninsula that extends south of Antibes and separates the Bay of Angels (where Nice is located) from the Bay of Golf Juan. The skies were a brilliant trademark blue, it was quite a bit warmer, and the winds from a couple of days ago had died down. In short, it was a perfect day for enjoying the wonderful scenery of this beautiful cape.

We parked the car in Juan-les-Pins and began walking in a southerly direction along the shore of the Mediterranean. We passed the harbor of Juan-les-Pins and saw a whole flock of Cormorants. Thanks to my buddy Pierre in Belgium, I know that unlike ducks, these diving birds lack protective water-repellent oils in their feathers; consequently, they have to let themselves dry before they can take off again. And here I thought they were just showing off! Further to the south one can look across parts of the Cape and towards the snow-covered mountains, surely one of the more spectacular sights this area has to offer. We followed the road up to the famous Eden Roc hotel, and back down to the shore, where we spotted a nice-looking sailboat that had fallen victim to the high winds of Christmas Day. We walked past the harbor again and to the other side of Juan-les-Pins before heading back home.

Join us and take a look at this side of the Cap d'Antibes; we're reasonably certain you'll agree that it's well worth a visit.

Click on any of the small images below to see a larger version!



The harbor of Juan-les-Pins

Cormorant drying its feathers

The harbor of Juan-les-Pins

Cormorant drying its feathers



Walking out onto the Cape

Looking back to where we came from

Walking out onto the Cape

Looking back to where we came from



Looking west towards the Esterel

Couple relaxing by the water

Looking west towards the Esterel

Couple relaxing by the water



Little bay further out on the Cape

Zooming in on the two boats

Little bay further out on the Cape

Zooming in on the two boats



Refurbished fishing boat

Fisherman without a boat

Refurbished fishing boat

Fisherman without a boat



Near the end of the Cape

Looking across the Cape to the snow-covered mountains

Near the end of the Cape

Looking across the Cape to the snow-covered mountains



The famous Eden Roc hotel: closed for the season

There are some lovely properties on the Cape

The famous Eden Roc hotel: closed for the season

There are some lovely properties on the Cape



Another hotel that's closed for the season

Couple among the seagulls

Another hotel that's closed for the season

Couple among the seagulls



Victim of the storm on Christmas Day

Heading back towards Juan-les-Pins

Victim of the storm on Christmas Day

Heading back towards Juan-les-Pins



Back at the harbor of Juan-les-Pins

The beach on the other side of town

Back at the harbor of Juan-les-Pins

The beach on the other side of town




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