If You’re in the French Riviera
This is a Destination-Must!
During the Winter of 2008, I had the opportunity to travel to France. Most people that I have spoken to that have visited the French Riviera always hit on the hot spots, such as the busy streets of Nice, glamorous Cannes, historical St. Paul, and the notorious Monte Carlo. However, many have never heard of my favorite destination thus far in Europe. It is an extremely small town called Eze located aproximately 15 minutes away from bright lights and luxurious demands of Monaco.
There is approximately a total population of 15 during the winter in this small town. I found this to be true during my visit (also make sure that you do not accidently travel after 6 pm on Sundays – more details later). My father and I had planned our day to begin in Monaco visiting the Monte Carlo Casino, the grave of the beloved Grace Kelly (Princess of Monaco), walking the streets, and visiting the unimpressive Palace of Monaco.
We planned to stop and have dinner at the Chateau of Eza; however, we soon began to realize after we arrived that it was Sunday and restaurants/subways were shutting down. We made it to the restaurant in time to catch the most beautiful sunset and realize that the town was shutting down. Needless to say – we almost did not make it back alive or back to our hotel in Nice, but thanks to a run down hotel owner almost 2 miles away (across the bridge at the bottom left hand side) that was so kind to inform us that the hike down to the subway was impossible – goats could not even make the climb down the mountain).
Graciously, he drove us back up to the city of Eze and helped us find the only taxi cab driver there in the winter. Huge adventure, but the most beautiful “secret” to visit in the French Riviera. Check out the pictures on the Chateau Eza website – it definitely does it justice.