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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.
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).
Laurentian Library, Florence; Piazza San L Lorenzo, Firenze.
Pablo Picasso official website: ppicasso.fr