GO2 PARIS

The Sunday Mail (Queensland) - Escape - - EUROPE -

GET­TING THERE

Sev­eral air­lines fly from Aus­tralia to Paris, in­clud­ing Qan­tas, Air France, Emi­rates, Eti­had and Thai Air­ways.

STAY­ING THERE

Dur­ing sum­mer in the south of France, Pi­casso (be­low) could reg­u­larly be seen sketch­ing at the up­mar­ket Ho­tel du Cap-Eden-Roc (hd­cer.com). One of his paint­ings even adorns the ho­tel’s so-called “Golden Book”, along­side the sig­na­tures of other guests, which reads like a of celebri­ties. Fur­ther afield, you can sleep un­der the same roof as a rare Pi­casso ce­ramic and ad­mire the clifftop views from the lux­u­ri­ous Tsi­touras Col­lec­tion (tsi­touras.com) on the Greek is­land of San­torini. With five suites and a villa, it’s also home to an ex­ten­sive col­lec­tion of Pi­casso’s work.

EAT­ING THERE

At the age of 17, Pi­casso started fre­quent­ing the Els Qua­tre Gats (4gats.com) on Calle Montsio in cen­tral Barcelona. Pi­casso staged one of his first exhibitions here and it be­came a hang­out for the city’s in­tel­li­gentsia. In Paris, Pi­casso used to spend many hours with Joyce, Proust and Hem­ing­way at the Cafe de Flore (cafede­flore.fr) and Les Deux Magots (les­deux­magots.fr) on the Boule­vard Saint Ger­main­des-Pres. Sev­eral artists used to fre­quent La Colombe d’Or (www.la-colombe-dor.com) in the hill­top vil­lage of Sain­tPaul-de-Vence on the French Riviera; Pi­casso could of­ten be seen lunch­ing here. As many painters paid their bills with works of art, the col­lec­tion is worth a de­tour. Dur­ing his time in An­tibes, Pi­casso also reg­u­larly ate at the Ce­sar Restau­rant of the p pri­vate beach­beac club, Plage K Keller (p (plagekeller.com).

MMORE

Lau­ren­tian Li­brary, Florence; Pi­azza San L Lorenzo, Firenze.

Pablo Pi­casso of­fi­cial web­site: ppi­casso.fr

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