Photo of the day: On the Beach in the French Riviera

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The South of France is my favorite place in the world. In particular, the little town of Antibes. This beautiful city was inspiration for Monet, Picasso, F. Scott Fitzgerald. Last week on A Traveler’s Library, author Vera Marie Badertscher showed a photo of a view through a window during her travels. That photo started me thinking about great views during my travels and my mind drifted back to Provence. I captured the photo above during one of my most memorable “wow” moments, and perhaps what I would call one of the most perfect moments of my life.

Dining at Plage Keller in France

Seaside dining at “Le Cesar” on Plage Keller in Cap D’Antibes France. Photo by Susan Lanier-Graham

This photo was from a small restaurant on a stretch of beach known as Plage Keller. The beach is on the Cap D’Antibes, or a small cape that extends beyond the town of Antibes-Juan les Pins, on the French Riviera. The best way to get to the beach is along a walking path that takes you along the coast, past the waves crashing onto the rocks, for about 15 minutes. I will always treasure this lunch on the beach. The blue water of the Mediterranean, the bright yellow umbrellas and lounge chairs, the pretty blue glasses on the tables, and the yachts anchored offshore were right out of a movie set.

I sat for several hours that afternoon, enjoying a delicious lunch, the slight breeze off the water, the warm spring sun, and the conversation of two other women traveling with me. There have been untold times in the years since then that I have closed my eyes and transported myself back to that afternoon when the world simply disappeared for a while. When I look at this photo, I can almost feel the sea breezes. Those are the moments that make me eager to pack my bags and look for the next “wow” moment, and perhaps a new favorite place.

Written by Susan Lanier-Graham

Founder and publisher Susan Lanier-Graham has traveled the world for the past twenty years, filling a passport or two along the way. She has wandered through the jungles of Thailand, explored the mysteries of the Great Pyramids, and shared the night with a leopard in Zambia. She sailed in the Mediterranean, sipped her way through Burgundy canals and Champagne caves. She followed Rembrandt’s footsteps through Amsterdam. Susan found her center on the red rocks of Sedona and soaked up an exquisite sunset over the Indian Ocean in Bali. Susan is always looking for wow moments around the world or across the street to share with adventure lovers everywhere. She has authored more than 75 books and hundreds of magazine articles. Susan is an award-winning travel writer and member of the Society of American Travel Writers (SATW) and International Food, Wine and Travel Writers Association (IFWTWA). She is a Certified California Wine Appellation Specialist (CWAS). Susan is also the managing editor of North Peoria Lifestyle, a print lifestyle publication in the Phoenix, Arizona, area. Susan's work regularly appears in print and online in a variety of publications. These include various AAA publications, Postcards for Travel Leaders,,,,, Paradise Valley City Lifestyle, Scottsdale City Lifestyle, So Scottsdale, Green Living AZ, Modern Luxury,, WHERE Arizona, WHERE Traveler Phoenix + Scottsdale, and more.

1 Comment

  1. Vera Marie Badertscher

    Glad that my photos of windows triggered such a fantastic memory.