Most memorable day trips from Nice were Saint-Jean-Cap Ferrat and Eze. In this order. Followed closely by Antibes, that I discovered with a new friend from Austria. And Cannes, where we went by train and attended in the evening the annual fireworks festival, in front of famous Cannes Croisette.
Next, an afternoon all by myself following the footsteps of Princess Grace in Monaco. And one last morning in Cote d’Azur at Villefranche-sur-mer, only a few minutes bus trip from Nice, but miraculously with sandy beaches and a mysterious street – Rue Obscure!
Reine des coeurs Cap-Ferrat
In St-Jean-Cap-Ferrat I had on my list only Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild, also called Villa Île-de-France. Luckily I was inspired to enter the Tourism Office that recommended to visit the beach Plage des Fosses and the walking hike called Promenade Maurice Rouvier until the next town, Beaulieu-sur-mer at Greek Villa Keryos.
On the promenade I saw tourists, locals running or walking. From the horizon you could see Cros deï Pin beach, Eze village, Cap d’Ail and even the coast of Italy and of island Corsica. I have goosebumps remembering even now, more than 4 years later. Two other walking trails are “Tour of Cap-Ferrat” and “Tour of the Pointe Saint-Hospice”.
Étoile – Eze
For the second memorable trip, I arrived in the afternoon to medieval village of Eze, tucked on a hill. Luckily is easy to reach it, thanks to several buses that run from Nice to Eze-sur-Mer. Knowing the story of perfumes from Grasse, I went directly to the Fragonard factory for a tour. Undecided between “Étoile (star)” and “Éclat (shine)”, at the end I took home the latter.
Next, wondered in the lovely little streets of Eze and walked the path of Nietzsche (chemin de Nietzsche). The famous philosopher lived in Eze and legends says he found inspiration for writing after his daily walk. Don’t miss the Botanic garden panorama for a stunning view over the Mediterranean Sea.
On the list
During my next visit I hope to see Aix-en-Provence, for lavender fields and chic destination, the fishing village of Saint Tropez.