Reflections on Côte d'Azur


The Côte d'Azur, 2014

The Côte d'Azur (The French Riviera) along the Mediterranean coast in the south of France is a world of its own. As soon as we arrived in Marseille, France, we could begin seeing the difference in residential architectural, colors, styles and materials. As you can see by comparing the photos you see here with those seen from our other trips, everything from roofs, colors and textures slowly begin to look more tropical and take on some similarities to those found in the nearby Italian Riviera.



Our stops included many charming villages from Cassis, famous for its cliffs (falaises) and the sheltered inlets called calanques, in the south, to medieval mountain villages in the Massif des Maures, to ancient towns clinging to cliffs along the Mediterranean near the border with Italy in the Provence-Alpes-Cote-d'Azur region.The charm of these villages was appreciated by many through the centuries from the Romans to many great chefs, and artists such as Picasso, and celebrities such as Walt Disney who was inspired by his stays in the village of Eze, perched on a rock overlooking the blue waters of the Mediterranean.


What we saw as steep, slate roofs in Northern France (Normandy and the Loire Valley), are replaced here with red, clay tile and nearly flat roofs. Stone, brick and buttery, tan stucco are still the predominate building material and may vary depending on what is locally available. The warm climate and lack of snowfall, allow for dramatic changes in design from the northern regions.


Take a brief tour of the residential and commercial sites along with us below and see which of the varied French styles found all over this beautiful country that you prefer for your Classic house. Look at the environment as well as thr buildings. See how one affects the other and how building placement ans sense of space creates the atmosphere that we love about French residential design.



La Garde-Freinet


St. Paul de Vence


Eze was a town that provided inspiration to Walt Disney during his many visits there.

La Turbie

Bruce Eason, Architect

Welcome to the Côte d'Azur! Come see the sights from our 2014 trip to uncover the architectural history and details typical of this stunning part of France.

Copyrighted photographs by Bruce Eason, AIA

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