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    A Mini Break in the South of France

    October 3, 2016

    September is my favourite month to take a mini break in the South of France. It’s just coming to the end of high season but the weather is still gorgeous and very much like summer. Here is a little photo diary of some of what I was up to.

    Nearly always, without fail, I go straight from the airport to one of my favourite spots to have a quick and simple lunch by the harbour.

    A Mini Break in the South of France // colourliving
    La Baleine Joyeuse

    A Mini Break in the South of France // colourliving
    My gorgeous little rental. I never drove a Fiat 500 before. Just loved it.

    A Mini Break in the South of France // colourliving
    Interior of the Fiat 500.

    A Mini Break in the South of France // colourliving
    If you’re going to have drinks in Monaco, you might as well sit in the Blue Gin bar at the Monte Carlo Bay Hotel & Resort and watch the sunset! Nicknamed the “Waterfront” of Monaco, this beachfront space offers stunning Mediterranean views.

    A Mini Break in the South of France // colourliving
    My stop over this time was the eclectic Hi Hotel in Nice, designed by Matali Crasset.

    A Mini Break in the South of France // colourliving
    A visit to the South of France is always filled visiting lots of art shops. A tip. Go to la Rue de l’Hôtel des Postes. There and adjacent streets you’ll find a multitude of art shops.

    A Mini Break in the South of France // colourliving
    As I’m taking Liz Steel’s #SketchingNowBuildings course, my focus this time was very much on architecture, buildings, windows and shutters.

    A Mini Break in the South of France // colourliving
    Some early sketches.

    A Mini Break in the South of France // colourliving
    More location sketching.

    A Mini Break in the South of France // colourliving
    I took many photos of these great facades, windows and balconies.

    Well, it was short but I feel rejuvenated. Happy to have caught the last rays of sunshine before the winter sets in. There’s something so special about the light in that part of the world that I’m determined to go back for another mini break before Christmas.

    © All photography by Tina Bernstein

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