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Saturday 13 June – Visit to Cagnes-sur-Mer, Book Signing & Lunch


Dear Members and Friends,

In the early 20th Century, some notable artists settled on the French Riviera, among them Pierre-Auguste Renoir, who spent the last 12 years of his life in Cagnes-sur-Mer. With its collections, original paintings, sculptures, furniture and studio, the Musée Renoir offers moving testimony to the Impressionist Master’s family and creative universe.

ferme colletteOur morning visit through the house and its splendid gardens will be guided by the award-winning author, John Baxter, with us from Paris thanks – once again – to the generosity of ACR members Clydette and Charles de Groot.

A short drive to the fisherman’s port of Cros de Cagnes will then bring us to the Restaurant La Bourride, where John Baxter will be pleased to answer further questions and to sign copies of his new book “The French Riviera and Its Artists” which includes Renoir.

Weather permitting, we hope to enjoy our cocktail reception and lunch on the terrace overlooking the port.

Capacity for this morning visit is limited, with priority given to those ACR members and their guests who book first.

Place & Time:

Musée Renoir – 19 Chemin des Collettes, 06800 Cagnes‐sur‐Mer – 10h30 ­ (only those confirmed for the visit) meet in garden, next to the large statue of Venus

Restaurant La Bourride – 5 Rue du Capitaine de Fregate Vial, 06800 Cagnes-sur-Mer

Cocktail reception / book signing: 12.15 (all attendees). Lunch + Q and A – 13.00

Lunch menu

To begin: Rouget et fleurs de courgettes farcies, feuilleté au pavot bleu, crème citronnelle

Main course: Filet de daurade royale grillé, Matignon de légumes, riz sauvage, pointes d’asperges vertes et aromates

Dessert: Amandine aux fruits frais, glace vanille Macadamia, coulis de fruits rouges et craquant citron

Dress code: casual

Price: Members 59 Euros; Guests 69 Euros. This includes admission to the Musée Renoir, guided tour, welcome drink/appetizers, 3‐course gourmet lunch with wines, waters, and coffee.

370 American Club Renoir June15Payment

There are the following 3 methods of payment:

• via PayPal: PayPal ‐ The safer, easier way to pay online!

• FREE bank transfer to: BIC: BARCFRPP IBAN: FR76 3058 8610 3479 0869 2080 120 Account: American Club of the Riviera
check payable to The American Club of the Riviera and sent to the Treasurer: Mr Jaber Jallad, Reve d’Or, 111 boulevard Leader, 06150 Cannes-La Bocca.

Whichever payment method you choose, please indicate any dietary restrictions (see menu), your guests’ names, and seating preferences.

IMPORTANT : we need to receive your reservation payment no later than Friday 5th June, UNLESS SOLD OUT BEFORE. Cancellations past this date are subject to payment.

For any questions, feel free to call Burton on 06 20 40 11 28 or email

Directions for Musee Renoir and Restaurant: Google map

Musée Renoir – free, but limited spaces within the grounds, otherwise street parking on the Chemin des Collettes (see map)
La Bourride – there are 2 entrances to the restaurant, with parking at each (see map)

1. from the Boulevard de la Plage, where there is street parking
2. from the Port, where there is a car park

I very much look forward to sharing with you a day of art and gastronomy in Cagnes-sur-Mer.
Burton Gintell
President, American Club of the Riviera







Author John Baxter,  whose THE PERFECT MEAL: IN SEARCH OF THE LOST TASTES OF FRANCE (Harper Perennial) won last year’s award for travel writing from the International Association of Culinary Professionals,  will preview his newest  book THE FRENCH RIVIERA AND ITS ARTISTS (Museyon) at a special event hosted by The American Club on Saturday, 13th June.

Baxter will lead club members on a visit to the Musée Renoir at Cagnes-sur-Mer, followed by a book signing and lunch.

Published by the New York firm of Museyon, THE FRENCH RIVIERA AND ITS ARTISTS is a vividly illustrated collection of thirty essays dealing with individuals who were significant in the artistic history of the Cote d’Azur. As well as Renoir, they include such painters as Pierre Bonnard and Pablo Picasso, dancer Isadora Duncan, authors F. Scott Fitzgerald, Frank Harris and Edith Wharton, and patrons of the arts, including Marie-Laure and Charles de Noailles, whose villa at Hyères became a centre of artistic experiment during the 1920s.

Not primarily a guide book, although it does include practical details of significant sites and the best way to visit them, THE FRENCH RIVIERA AND ITS ARTISTS is intended by Baxter to appeal both to the visitor and to the “armchair traveler” who may experience the Cote d’Azur only in imagination.

John Baxter’s other books on aspects of French culture include the best-selling THE MOST BEAUTIFUL WALK IN THE WORLD: A PEDESTRIAN IN PARIS, a survey of Paris during the Great War, PARIS AT THE END OF THE WORLD, and two other titles from Museyon, CHRONICLES OF OLD PARIS and THE GOLDEN MOMENTS OF PARIS.

 Australian-born, Baxter has lived in France for 25 years. He is married to the documentary film-maker Marie-Dominique Montel. Further personal details and a full bibliography are available on his website


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