TheVilla Ephrussi de Rothschild(in St. Jean Cap Ferrat on the Côte d’Azur)
is currently the second most-popular attraction in Provence,
according toTripAdvisor.com. (The Gorges du Verdon is #1.)
After inheriting a vast fortune from her father,Béatrice Ephrussi de
Rothschild built the home as a winter residence, filled it with a resplendent ''Rothschild-style''
collection of carpets, furniture, art, antiques, porcelain andobjets,and used it from1912 onwards--when she wasn't in Paris, Monaco or Deauville.And next Sunday, June 24th, the Villa Ephrussi is celebrating its
illustrious artistic history with a lovely invite: the villa and its gardens will open
free of charge to all amateur and professional painters, who are invited to
come capture the surroundings in any medium they choose. Normally, admission is 12€ (adults) and 9€ (ages 7 to 17, plus students and teachers)
but on Sunday it's free for all artists with materials. (Kids under
7, journalists and tourism pros with proper ID are always free.) If you've read the wonderful book, The Hare with Amber Eyes, you'll love the villa visit even more. For all the info, click here.