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Mougins, French Riviera, France

Mougins is a well known village on the Côte d'Azur, southern France. It is located near Cannes, Grasse, Mandelieu-la-Napoule and Valbonne. The town is surrounded by trees, but you can also find pine trees and olives in the town itself. Mougins was inhabited by many artists and celebrities, such as Pablo Picasso, Jean Cocteau, Fernand Léger, Francis Picabia, Man Ray, Arman, Yves Klein, César Baldaccini, Paul Eluard, Yves Saint Laurent, Christian Dior, Winston Churchill, Catherine Deneuve, Edith Piaf and Jacques Brel. For this reason, Mougins is a place where millionaires and showbiz celebrities have many villas. The town has beautiful art galleries, great restaurants and a very interesting old houses of stone.

Parking in Mougins

We parked the car in the parking lot at the eastern side of the old town (P1; GPS: 43.601019, 6.997420). There are also other parking lots, for example: P2; GPS 43.601830, 6.994675 or P3; GPS 43.601747, 6.996793. After parking the car we go up the stairs and then go across the street.

A walk through the old town

We head to the Avenue Jean-Charles Mallet. On the left we pass the MACM building, that is, the Musée d'Art Classique de Mougins (museum of classical art). We get to the Place du Commandant Lamy (A; GPS: 43.600616, 6.994387) with a fountain and a statue of a cherub, donated by the artist Joseph Giraud. We go down the street Rue du Maréchal Foch, go through the Place du Lieutenant Isnard (B; GPS: 43.600782, 6.995747) and then walk the street leading up the hill. We walk the narrow streets of the town, admiring the paintings and other works of art found in numerous galleries. We go out for a moment beyond the houses of the center, walking down the Chemin des Moines street, passing on the left side interesting buildings of church or maybe monastery (C; GPS: 43.598895, 6.992927), which suggests the name of the street ("street of Monks"). We return to the old town's center, where we find church of Saint Jacques-le-Majeur (D; GPS: 43.600395, 6.995195).

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