What to wear at the Côte d’Azur part 2

What to weat at the Côte d'AzurThis week part two of What to wear at the Côte d’Azur. We were there for 6 days but I don’t have pictures of every outfit (to give Ron a rest, right?). Visiting Vence and Saint Paul de Vence I wore a trouser outfit with flat shoes. I am not able to walk on high heels sightseeing all day. And to me flat shoes means trousers. My friend Daniela of The Pretty Cute manages to wear skirts and dresses with flat shoes, looking adorable. My flat feet and low instep make a flat shoe less cute.

May I invite you to some sightseeing?

Below: the light in the south of France is so splendid that even washing hanging out looks like art. This is in Vence.


Below: another fantastic building. The colours are so good.


Below: love the shutters, love the rich balconies.


Below: at the square of Vence (or one of the squares) there is a church. Of course there is a church. There always is. Couldn’t resist to stand in the doorway.


Below: close-up of the decorations.


Below: time for some outfit details: cardigan: Max Mara outlet Turin, tunic: Eileen Fisher, necklace: Angela Caputi  (you have seen me wear it more often), 7/8 trousers: Marella, bag: Furla (years old). Shoes: Paul Noyen (years old); they were getting pretty dusty in that old town.

I wore this tunic only once before, in this post (you have to scroll down a bit for a full length photo).

What to weat at the Côte d'Azur

Below: close-up of the necklace. That tunic is a pretty good “canvas”.

What to weat at the Côte d'Azur

Below: squint your eyes and you can see a pattern for a lovely dress: cream/stone with babyblue, green and fuchsia.


Below: checking how to walk. Vence is a historic town and not very big. Only we tend to always walk in the wrong direction.

A profile photo of myself like this can still amaze me. How did I get so busty? Me!! The girl who used to pray for boobs. Never got them until I became 34 and suddenly they grew and grew. Totally ignoring my cries “Enough! I said enough!”

What to weat at the Côte d'Azur

Below: lovey little streets.

I bet the people who live there are sick and tired of all those tourists walking through their streets with their cameras.


Below: did I mention views?




Below: after Vence we visited neighbouring Saint Paul de Vence. Talking about tourists… Busload after busload. Although it is a lovely town, it is so touristy, it is no fun anymore. I am only going to show you this horse, made from horseshoes.

Saint Paul de Vence

Below: back at our hotel we had drinks and dinner with the two previous owners of this hotel, Ermert and Magda Wissink. They are such lovely people. Two friends of them joined us later that evening and it was like old times (see my previous post for explanation). You will see more of my outfit next week. Magda wore a darling tunic/jacket/blouse by Chacok. Right up my alley.

What to weat at the Côte d'Azur

Below: friends and laughter bring Ron in a good mood. Just like me.

What to weat at the Côte d'Azur

Below: Magda and Ermert’s dog Kelty



No Fear of Fashion





  1. Sue
    9 July 2017 / 18:39

    I love Scottie dogs. He/she is beautiful. Your friend’s top is lovely, and you are right the laundry hanging out looks like art. Beautiful place. You are very blessed to visit there.

    • Greetje
      9 July 2017 / 20:23

      I am very blessed full stop Sue. Fortunaly I realize it and am grateful for it.

  2. 9 July 2017 / 19:04

    I always love to see your sightseeing tours, Greetje!!
    But Ron doesn’t need a day off—ha ha!! At least don’t tell my husband that, he’s under the impression that his photography is needed most days!!!!
    I’m surprised you didn’t wear your white sneakers for touring!!

    • Greetje
      9 July 2017 / 20:29

      I thought sneakers would be too hot so I didn’t bring them haha. I like your joke. I ordered white Superga sneakers (low ones like normal gym shoes) but with lovely palmtrees on them. I wore them with a skirt and Ron said: you look like an American tourist. That had me in stitches, thinking back to our conversation. Had to send them back anyway. I had better choices.

  3. 9 July 2017 / 20:11

    Great photos. Thanks for sharing. The colors are so inspiring. I love that bold necklace on you!

    • Greetje
      9 July 2017 / 20:30

      Thank Nicole, the necklace is one I can wear for the rest of my live. Will never go out of fashion, will never bore me. The characteristic of good design.

  4. 9 July 2017 / 21:17

    The necklace is fabulous; I adore it. I always admire necklaces like that, but long necklaces don’t work very well on me (also busty… I blame my son, I never had boobs until I had him). It is magnificent on you though. You’re right, a good black and white outfit like you have one just lets that necklace sing.

    Your photos of Vence are amazing! I so enjoy travelling with you!

    • Greetje
      10 July 2017 / 05:51

      I like walking around with the camera. It lets me search for unusual or lovely things to photograph which I might otherwise mIss. Mind you, I did have to bring it down a notch. A couple of years back I was very close to becoming a person who doesn’t enjoy the real moment but looks at the photos and then sees how lovely it all was. I am exaggerating but you know what I mean, I am sure.

  5. Bette
    9 July 2017 / 23:27

    I was going to give a shout-out to Ron for his fabulous shirt with marijuana plants on it — those Dutch! — when I realized it was palm trees. LOL!

    Love the armchair traveling!

    • Greetje
      10 July 2017 / 07:04

      Had it been marijuana leaves, I wouldn’t have noticed 😁. I cannot distinguish weeds from normal plants either. Besides I would have regarded it as a good joke😂.

  6. Wendy
    10 July 2017 / 00:35

    I think of Audrey Hepburn with the classic cropped pants and flats … love the look!
    Thank you for sharing your lovely pictures of your trip!

    • Greetje
      10 July 2017 / 07:06

      That is quite a compliment, you thinking of Audrey when you see me in my outfit. With that busty look I am always afraid people might sooner think of Marilyn 😎.

  7. Marilee Gramith
    10 July 2017 / 02:22

    I’m very impressed with the way you share your adventures with us and choose to show us such a lovely variety of sites. I appreciate seeing the architecture because it is so dramatically different and old compared to cities in the U.S. Together you and Ron always give us a quality tour!
    Of course your white tunic and artisan jewelry will take you a long way Greetj. It’s so frustrating that aging feet demand our attention when we’re going to be on them all day. I don’t remember focusing on my footwear much at all when I was younger.
    Ron looks like man who really loves his shorts in the summer months. Your friends are retired from the hotel business now?

    • Greetje
      10 July 2017 / 07:17

      Yes Ron likes shorts when it is hot. He doesn’t posses any cotton long trousers anymore. Wait a minute, he does. One pair of off-white trousers. Which I brought with me! Oh well, I am glad he put on a shirt. He used to be very into clothes when we met and for a long time during our marriage. Then he started to put on weight and lost interest in the more exclusive clothes. Now that he is retired there isn’t much need for that but he does love jeans and so do I.
      When I was younger I couldn’t wear high heels for sightseeing either, that didn’t change with age.
      Our friends are still in involved in the hotel business but less and less.

  8. josep-maria
    10 July 2017 / 08:09

    Beautiful photos and elegant and beautiful look. I love black and white, and I love the design of this T-shirt, so original and beautiful. The pants with the dancers are wonderful and the pendant is cute. I really like this outfit, elegant, discreet and simple.

    • Greetje
      10 July 2017 / 17:06

      For me, this outfit is a bit simple. I always want to be WOW haha. But I am glad you like it.

  9. 10 July 2017 / 12:10

    You look fabulous Greetje! You’re right about that tunic being a perfect canvas for such a gorgeous necklace! I’ve never been to Cote d’azur but I’d like to one day. It certainly looks like a beautiful, and fascinating, place to visit. That horse made out of horseshoes looks amazing!!
    Suzy xx

    • Greetje
      10 July 2017 / 20:54

      It is kind of touristy, but it is still lovely. The light is fantastic a d attracted many artist. Probably still does. I hope you can visit it soon.

  10. Marianne van den Berg
    10 July 2017 / 17:22

    What a treat again this post. I so much love the houses in France. The colouring and detailing. I think I am going to make a painting of that pink/red house with all the different shutters. I like your outfit. It looks like it is just a white blouse and vest, but you very much notice that the material and design are of a chic brand.
    And of course your necklace is priceless. You have such a wonderful collection . They never go out of fashion and it gives just that little extra to your outfits. By the way compliment for Ron he looks very nice too.

    • Greetje
      10 July 2017 / 20:59

      Thanks a lot Marianne. Yes I am doing pretty well in the necklace department. And in the bag department too haha. I will email you the photo of the house with its pretty colours. As I think I have another one. And I’ll tell Ron about your compliment.

  11. 10 July 2017 / 17:52

    Vence is beautiful! Thanks for taking us along! One of these days I’ll have to go back to the Côte d’Azur…

    And I really like your outfit! You look so stylish, yet I assume your outfit and shoes are very comfortable. That’s how sightseeing should be done!

    • Greetje
      10 July 2017 / 21:01

      This is indeed a very comfortable outfit. I tried to combine elegant with comfort. Always difficult for me. Glad you like it. Mission accomplished.

    • Greetje
      11 July 2017 / 06:53

      Thanks Amy, for taking the time to leave a comment and such a lovely one too. It is always great to get feedback from readers. And it doesn’t always have to be positive as I cannot please everybody all the time. I know that.

  12. 11 July 2017 / 02:52

    Gorgeous views, lovely embellishments and beautiful colours! Thank you for sharing photos from your Cote d’Azur holiday. That is a stunning statement necklace.

    I never had any boobs til I was in my mid-late 40’s and I am not pleased. I never realized how lucky I had it as far as wearing clothing when I was flat-chested.

    • Greetje
      11 July 2017 / 06:56

      Same here with me: bigger boobs really get in the way of fashion. No jacket fits correctl etc. But as long as they are healthy, I am lucky and shouldn’t complain (but I do, ungrateful me 😏🙃). And I am glad you liked the post.

  13. 11 July 2017 / 04:51

    I envy your natural female features. And the outfit is nice. Flats are as feminine as heels and it’s nice to be comfortable. By the way, I talked about you this week with Suzanne and Patti!

    • Greetje
      11 July 2017 / 06:58

      I understand the chest thing Ally. I do.
      So you, Suzanne and Patti got together again? Lovely. Or was it by phone or mail? Now I know why my ears were itching. You three were talking about me!! I hope it was all good. Would have loved to be a fly on the wall haha.

      • 11 July 2017 / 17:30

        Patti and I went up to Toronto to see Suzanne for the weekend. I blogged about it; they’ll do the same in a few days. LOTS of pictures taken!

  14. 11 July 2017 / 09:20

    Thanks for the insight into this stunning little town. Lovely seeing the gorgeous houses, and super architecture. You look fabulous for your adventures. x Jacqui

    • Greetje
      11 July 2017 / 13:42

      Thank you very much Jacqui. It was fun to create this post.

  15. 12 July 2017 / 00:29

    I knew that was a CAPUTI without even READING THE BLOG!!!!!!!!!!

    • Greetje
      12 July 2017 / 19:16

      They are very recognisable these necklaces, aren’t they? And yes, it is always nice down south, although I think Italy is better than France. I know you will agree (big grin).

  16. 12 July 2017 / 10:38

    Fab photos Greetje and looking good too!

    • Greetje
      12 July 2017 / 19:16

      Thanks Sylvia. As always trying my best. (grijns)

  17. Trish
    12 July 2017 / 11:03

    Great outfit as usual, Greetje. You look suitably ready for cool sightseeing, and drinking coffee, watching the passers-by. I love the Mediterranean building colours too. They so suit the beautiful blue skies, and the heat seems to bake them to a pleasant matte texture. I laughed at your boob comments. I’ve never been flat chested (though currently at my most busty) and I always longed for a svelte and flatter line, to suit more clothes. I didn’t know how lucky I was then either. Now I’m all lumps and bumps that need to be accommodated or suitably hidden 😳

    • Greetje
      12 July 2017 / 19:19

      I hear you. Loud and clear. More area to cover (arms to elbow, skirt to knee, Spanx body shaper.. you name it). Never be fooled by the lovely pictures. There is a lot going on under the clothes hahaha.

      • Trish
        14 July 2017 / 15:35

        😄👍 Well you do it very well!

  18. 12 July 2017 / 18:22

    Such an adorable look Greetje – style pure. As for that necklace, that is simply made for you!!!

    Looks like you had a superb holiday – always good to have a laugh with friends too 😉

    xx Yvonne

    • Greetje
      12 July 2017 / 19:20

      Laughing with friends is my best pastime. I can do that all day, seven days a week. It was a fun holiday, but I still prefer Italy.

  19. 12 July 2017 / 20:17

    Oh I love Italy too – but I would love to catch up with you again too. Perhaps we can organise for you me and Carin to meet somewhere in Holland??? Would you like that?

    xoxo Yvonne

    • Greetje
      12 July 2017 / 20:46

      Of course I would. Are you kidding? I’d love that. Any idea when? In Amsterdam of course.

  20. 12 July 2017 / 23:30

    What gorgeous photos – and I love what you are wearing especially the pretty necklace, I really like the simplicity and elegance, you looks so fresh and effortless

    • Greetje
      13 July 2017 / 05:48

      Thanks Juliet, glad you like my post. It did take effort to look effortless haha. As it is my hobby I wouldn’t call it effort though.

  21. 13 July 2017 / 02:46

    Love the part 2 installment! I adore the outfit, especially the very chic statement necklace! I agree, comfy shoes are a must . The photos you took are splendid! YOu are correct, even the washed clothes spilling out of the windows look enticing. I enjoy seeing the colors of the building there, the blue shutters with pink flower pots !! 🌺
    Ron looks handsome too, what a good couple you are !
    Thanks for sharing!

    • Greetje
      13 July 2017 / 05:49

      Yes Ron and I are a good team. Thank God. I have been very lucky in life and very grateful for that.

  22. 13 July 2017 / 17:12

    There are many delightful small cities in France! The strong light in the south of Europe is something that I love and that makes me feel happy.
    Lucky you if can wear trousers in summer… I think I will wear again mine only in late September!!

    • Greetje
      14 July 2017 / 09:54

      As I said in this post, only you can wear skirts and dresses with flat shoes and still look adorable. Trousers aren’t the smartest thing to wear when it is hot, but I got used to it.

  23. 24 July 2017 / 07:09

    OH MY….this is such a picturesque town. I’m feeling all kinds of creative just seeing your photos. I would be completely in awe if I was there in person. I too ‘see’ ideas for dresses etc. when on holiday…the buildings, flowers, the different textures….OH, it’s all so inspiring!

    I share your boob story….sigh. I still hang on to the hope that one day they will shrink back, LOL!

    • Greetje
      24 July 2017 / 15:46

      Don’t get your hopes up too high haha. I bet they will never shrink back.
      And the Côte d’Azur has been and will be a place of inspiration for artists. The light, the colours.

  24. 22 August 2017 / 07:41

    The decorations on that church are amazing! And that horse shoe horse is supercool.

    I also love Ron’s palm tree shirt. Not a big fan of your top, but hey, who cares, right?;-)

    • Greetje
      23 August 2017 / 07:15

      I understand you are not a fan of my top. Far too classic for you. It is not my favourite either, but it served a good purpose.

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