Monday, June 18, 2012
The Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild (in St. Jean Cap Ferrat on the Côte d’Azur) is currently the second most-popular attraction in Provence, according to TripAdvisor.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 and objets, and used it from 1912 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, a(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.