While in France, I took a train from Paris (Gare Lyon) to Nice (Nice Ville) to get to know part of the Côte d’Azur or the French Riviera. The trip duration: 5:40hrs.
As I was getting closer to Nice, even when my seat was at the wrong side of the train, the view to the ocean was amazing. When I started to see the water, I just walked to the cafeteria, got a glass of wine and sat on the right side to enjoy the view.
Once I was in Nice, I had to take a regional train to Villefranche-sur-Mer, which it is in the same station. You can also take the bus for only €1 (2011)
I stayed for a weekend in Villefranche-sur-Mer, located between Monaco (to the east) and Nice (to the west). From there, only few minutes away, I visited Èze Village.
Èze Village is a small medieval town on top of a mountain where you can enjoy a gorgeous view of the Mediterranean sea and cities nearby. Since I didn’t have enough time to visit everything I could, I had to decide to either go to Monaco or Èze. The first one, I’ve heard so many things I was curious to see it by myself. The second one, I’ve never heard of it but the little I read before deciding, it made it easier for me. No regrets about not visiting Monaco. Although, I will some other time. If like me, you only count on few hours to do a tour around a city, choose Èze. Unless you prefer casinos.
I arrived at the small town by bus (another €1) and all I could see from the bottom was a high heel to climb. It was going to be fun. We started to walk by the cobblestone narrow streets, passing first by La Poterne (a postern) which today it’s the main entrance of the town.
Squares as La Place du Planet will make you stop to take pictures. There is a fountain where the residents of the village used to take fresh water. Nowadays, during summer time, you can simply refresh yourself.
La Chapelle Saint Croix followed. This chapel was built by 1306, making it the oldest building in the village. Although this one was closed while I was in town, I visited Église Notre Dame de l’Assomption which it was built between 1764 and 1778.
I kept my way until I reach the top of the village, where the Jardin exotique d’Èze (or Jardin botanique d’Èze) is located. The view from there is AMAZING! And being surrender by plants from around the globe makes it even better.
It’s a small area to see. All you need is a couple of hours to enjoy this gorgeous town you won’t regret visiting.
Let’s help our planet and keep the cities clean!