Thursday, October 27, 2011

Exploring Eze....

















Exploring the medieval village of Eze is, indeed, a fascinating experience. Perched high on the mountain with stunning views, its fortifications and ramparts bear witness to its history of staving off invasions - most notably in 1543 when it suffered the Ottoman Offensive...
















The village contains many remarkable residences from the Riquier Residence to the Chateau de la Chevre D'Or and the Chateau Eza. In addition there is the Church Notre-Dame de l'Assomption consecrated in 1772 with a wonderful Baroque interior, and nearby the oldest building in the village dating from 1306, is the Chapel of Sainte Croix which belonged to the lay order of the White Penitents of Eze in charge of administering aid to victims of the Plague...

















Visitors enjoy exploring the winding streets and absorbing all the history of the village, as well as browsing the newer attractions of upmarket art galleries and boutiques, and taking a welcome break at the many cafes and restaurants. .......

















If you get some good weather then visitng the Jardin Exotique and sampling these stunning views from its highest point, finishes off the visit in spectacular style. All in all it makes for a wonderful afternoon out. Catch bus 83 from outside the railway station at Eze-Sur-Mer, and if like me you want more of those views, then descend from the village down the Chemin Nietzsche back to the sea (45 minutes of steep descent)......Enjoy!!


11 comments:

Peter said...

Not only, the place is amazing,there are also the views over the Mediterranean and the coastline ... and you were lucky to be there a day with completely clear sky!

Sylvia K said...

What a delightful, beautiful place! And what views indeed! Wow! I have to admit that I am envious as well as happy that you are able to enjoy so much history and beauty! Thanks for sharing it with us. Your photos are superb as always, Catherine!!

Sylvia

Bienvenue chez French Girl in Seattle... said...

Thank you for taking me back to a favorite place of mine. This is just what I needed today as I look outside at a grey, chilly Seattle fall morning.-- Next time, I will walk the trail down as you did. I would love doing that! Veronique (French Girl in Seattle)

Bonnie said...

Oh, wow. These pictures are breathtaking!! I would love to visit the area.

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A Cuban In London said...

The only word I can come up with is "quaint". I love little villages like this one. It's easy for the urban person to lump them all together under the same banner, but they all have their own character, haven't they?

Greetings from London.

Joanna said...

Oh my! Everything is just so ancient. I love that. Thanks for giving us a glimpse into a special place.

Owen said...

Just as was the case in Mexico... looks like you are having TOO MUCH FUN ! Can't you show us something a little more drab ? Where the sun doesn't shine so brightly ???
:-)
(I'm jealous)

Catherine said...

thanks for all the comments this week - and don't hesitate to visit this area - it is beautiful....

louciao said...

Your photos and descriptions are making me dream bigtime of visiting this beautiful area. If wishes were horses...

Catherine said...

visit away Louciao - it is a very rewarding region - especially on the art and cultural front...

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