France

Antibes

Although we didn’t do as much moving around in France as we usually do, we did ensure we had a day allocated for a day trip to Antibes. The original plan was to head from where we stay in Fréjus westward, along the coast to Marseille. Unfortunately the weather would either be ludicrously hot, or really stormy. In the end, we decided to head east to Antibes.

Seafront

The old town in Antibes is enclosed by a 16th-century rampart which makes for a wonderful viewing platform of the beachs, port and architecture.

Looking out to sea - Clifford Darby 2019

Looking out to sea - Clifford Darby 2019

Antibes - Clifford Darby 2019

Antibes - Clifford Darby 2019

A view of Port Vauban with Fort Carré in the distance - Clifford Darby 2019

A view of Port Vauban with Fort Carré in the distance - Clifford Darby 2019

Grand Roue - Clifford Darby 2019

Grand Roue - Clifford Darby 2019

Plage de la Gravette Beach - Clifford Darby 2019

Plage de la Gravette Beach - Clifford Darby 2019

Markets

The markets in Antibes were some of the nicest we’ve visited. The fruit and veg market was very narrow and hot, but intimate, which made it ideal for making photographs.

A street market selling antiques and ‘bric-à-brac’ - Clifford Darby 2019

A street market selling antiques and ‘bric-à-brac’ - Clifford Darby 2019

Marché Provençal - Clifford Darby 2019

Marché Provençal - Clifford Darby 2019

Marché Provençal - Clifford Darby 2019

Marché Provençal - Clifford Darby 2019

Marché Provençal - Clifford Darby 2019

Marché Provençal - Clifford Darby 2019

Antibes

Festival of St. Peter - Menton

During our short visit to Menton, France, we were exploring the quiet square outside of Saint-Michel Church. Out of nowhere, the bells started to chime and people began flooding out of the church doors wearing traditional maritime attire, carrying a plinth with a statue of Jesus on.

It was only once we'd managed to sit down for lunch that were able to work out that we'd managed to stumble across The Festival of St. Peter - a celebration of the sea, beginning with Mass before a procession down to the seafront.

All of these images probably won't make it into my ongoing France project, so I decided to share them here on my blog.

 Festival of St. Peter - Clifford Darby 2018

 Festival of St. Peter - Clifford Darby 2018

 Festival of St. Peter - Clifford Darby 2018

 Festival of St. Peter - Clifford Darby 2018

 Festival of St. Peter - Clifford Darby 2018

 Festival of St. Peter - Clifford Darby 2018

 Festival of St. Peter - Clifford Darby 2018

 Festival of St. Peter - Clifford Darby 2018

Saint-Tropez (Part 2)

One year later and we made it back to Saint-Tropez, this time armed with the Zeiss 50mm f/2.0 Planar.

Although a little out of season, like last year Saint-Tropez was thronging, helped by the market which appears in the main square twice a week. It's a lovely market, on of the better markets I'd visited and unlike many of those in the south of France it sold quite a lot of unique and local art pieces - there were a number of times where I was told off for taking photographs.

Shortly after lunch we were suddenly surrounded by two large, incredibly well dressed wedding parties. I started reeling of images as quick as I could before my film finished.

Below are a few images from my second trip to Saint-Tropez. Soon I'll be working them into an e-book which will be available on this website for free.  

A priest listens intently to the father of the bride, Port de Saint-Tropez - Clifford Darby 2017

Sunbathing, Port de Saint-Tropez - Clifford Darby 2017

Port de Saint-Tropez - Clifford Darby 2017

Port de Saint-Tropez - Clifford Darby 2017