Not far to the east of Nice there’s a villa. It’s on Cap Ferrat. The villa is just about perfect. It’s pastel pink, rose pink, and sits beneath a diamond sky. The gardens, too, are simply lovely: every 20 minutes or so the fountains in the French formal garden burst into life: water dances – in flowing spangles – all to the sound of the most beautiful moments in classical music.
The villa was established by Beatrice Ephrussi de Rothschild: she filled it with exquisite works of art – Meissen porcelain, Gobelin tapestries, carved rose quartz and jade, works by Fragonard, furniture made by the finest French cabinetmakers … And now, she’s left us a gorgeous treasure on the Cote d’Azur.
(A note on ‘high culture’ – even if we’re not supposed to think it.)