La Côte d’Azur: Cocteau’s refuge
Jean Cocteau’s first came to the Côte d’Azur in 1911, when he stayed at the Hôtel du Cap near Menton. But it was not until 1923 that the author of Blood of a Poet made it his real holiday home, when his lover, the French writer and poet Raymond Radigué, died. At that time, the Côte d’Azur was a kind of refuge for Jean Cocteau and he even claimed to be Mediterranean.
Villefranche-sur-Mer was part of Cocteau’s Riviera where he could find a certain peace of mind. The Riviera thus became a place of convalescence, even though paradoxically he indulged in opium.