Once again a beautiful day. The air is crystal clear and we can see straight to the sea, 10 Km away, and we can clearly see the pyramid shaped condo buildings that line the shoreline at Villeneuve-Loubet beach, much as they do at Ocean City, Maryland.
Our first stop was at Beaulieu sur Mer. An easy 45Km, though doing it at rush hour is not what we'd recommend next time. We drove the Moyenne Corniche (the middle road that hugs the cliffside) and made a stop along the drive, as did a string of cars, to take photos of the fantastic views of the Med, the harbors, and the Cap Ferrat peninsula. This is a beautiful town, upscale, like a mini Monte Carlo. We walked the promenada that hugs the sandy beach, saw a couple of Rolls Royce's, but the main thing is the peace and quiet ambience of the place and beautiful flowers everywhere. Their claim to fame is the Villa Kerylos, but we decided to skip it since the weather was so nice.
Next up was Eze. We were at Eze at least 15 years ago as a stop on a Med cruise. This time, instead of busing and training we drove into Eze. As usual, especially in these tiny tourist magnet towns, parking is scarce, but we managed to find one along the road about 1/2 Km away, maybe a 10 minute walk.
Eze is a rabbit warren of small streets, each with one or more gift, art, or other kind of shop, as well as innumerable restaurants. It's all up hill. In fact, one of the main attractions is the succulent and cactus garden surrounding the remains of a 14C castle at the peak of the hill. We traipsed the streets and alleys and finally stopped for lunch.
Karen reverted back to her favorite Pizza Margherita and split a large salad with Mike, while Mike had a Spaghetti Ai Frutti de Mare, wine, bread and of course, all preceeded by toast and the usual appetizer of Olive tapenade. We just took our time here enjoying the cool breeze on the quiet street and watching, in particular, one couple, Japanese, who took at least 100 pictures, one camera each plus an iPhone, of every bush, vine, clock, stone and doorway as they walked along the street.
We did some more walking and then left for La Turbie, a small village about 1500 feet up off the Grand Corniche, most known for Trophe des Alpes (Alpine Trophy), a monument, built to honor the Roman emperor Augustus and his victories over various ancient tribes that occupied the Alps. While it was destroyed since being built in the 6C BC, it was painstakingly researched and rebuilt in the early 1900's, over 100 years ago which was partially financed by a rich American.
We stopped a while, had some drinks, toured the monument and a local church, walked the back streets and then left to return home, this time using the A8 autoroute, a much faster less crowded road.
Our car has a GPS (our friend Nigel) but for some reason our Garmin is better for finding some exact addresses, like where we're staying. When they're both on it's like hearing an echo in the car.
We were home by 6 pm, with time to relax on the deck. We only had a small dinner salad, followed by wine, coffee and a fantastic chocolate layer cake covered with chocolate tubes, chocolate icing, and thin cake layers that we found at the LeClerc Super Market.
So ended the day. It's now 8:45, time to get the blogging done, watch some TV (even if all in French or dubbed) and then off to bed to rest up for tomorrow.
View of Villefranche
Frenchman with Hat
Lunch in Eze
View of the Med from Eze Peak
Monte Carlo from La Turbie
Trophee Des Alpes