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Marjorie tested the museum "Villa les Camélias" in Cap d'Ail

Manager of the tourist information office of Cap d'Ail

July 2019


 

 

An immersion in the heart of the "Belle Epoque" ...



We discover another facet of the city of Cap d'Ail when heading to the district of "Mala" and its famous beach. Along the promenade, sumptuous villas, most of which "Belle Epoque" style are unveiled ...

We have only one desire, to push the door of one of them ...

So ready to visit the "Villa les Camélias"!

The museum entrance is via Gramaglia Avenue; once the gate is crossed, a break is improvised in the beautiful garden in the shade of a century-old carob tree. We discover then a cozy and intimate museum, a place as we like them!

Rémy and Hélène, Curators of the Villa welcome us pleasantly and explain the process of the visit of the Museum and the operation of the audioguide.

We begin with the ground floor: through manuscripts, photographs and press clippings, the story of Cap d'Ail is told ... What sumptuous villas and all those illustrious people who have stayed in Cap d'Ail!

Remy offers us a demonstration of "pneumatic piano"; with curiosity we accept and discover the particular mechanism of this instrument. In addition to the little story, I could also play this original piano as a real pianist!

By the stairs or the elevator, you reach the floors; the rooms are bright with high ceilings, large windows where the azure blue sea is emerging under my eyes ...

On permanent exhibition, the collection of the works of the Basque painter Amiro Arrue is presented. A beautiful artistic discovery!

Our visit ends with the bookshop-boutique; many books on different themes (cuisine, architecture, nature, children ....) with a link the Riviera are offered, not to mention mug, magnet, puzzle ... The perfect place to find a book on our beautiful region.

This museum is accessible to all! I highly recommend !

 

The +:

     "Villa les Camélias" is included in the French Riviera Pass City Pass
     Near the coastal path, the opportunity to spend a beautiful day
     10 minutes walk from the train station
     Museum on a human scale
     Free admission for children under 12
     Reduced rate (students, +60 years old, 12 to 18 years old)
     Guided tours by reservation for groups with flexible schedules
     Audioguide available in 5 languages
     Small booklet for children
     Access ramp for PMR on request
     Loan of walking-frame