Sumary of On holiday in southern France chez Le Corbusier:
- The Swiss-born architect chose Roquebrune-Cap-Martin, halfway between Monaco and the Italian border, to build his retreat in a medieval village that overlooks a rugged, tortoise-shaped cape beyond the pebble beaches of du Buse and Golfe Bleu.
- On the same coastal footpath is Villa E-1027, a modernist masterpiece designed by Irish architect and modern movement pioneer Eileen Gray and her lover, Jean Badovici, in the late 1920s.
- Belgian singer Jacques Brel wrote two of his most plaintive and brutal songs – Le Plat Pays, about the flat, windswept landscape of his family’s native Flanders, and Amsterdam, about the shore-leave antics of drunken sailors – while lying on a sunbed in his villa on the plage du Golfe Bleu in the 1960s.
- WB Yeats spent the last year of his life in Cap Martin and author and war-pilot Romain Gary lived with his English wife, the writer and adventurer Lesley Blanch, at the end of a dark passageway in Roquebrune.