Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Taking it Easy in Èze

All over France, picturesque villages are perched on steep hillsides, often behind massive stone fortifications--indicating a historic need for protection and defense and perhaps later, the value of property with a scenic view. The most striking we've seen were the medieval towns of the Dordogne valley. Here on the southern coast, the local bus #100 winds up a series of switchbacks for 20 minues to drop tourists at the clifftop settlement of Èze, to amble among steep stone lanes framed by boutiques, bistros, chapels, and exotic gardens--all against the deep blue backdrop of the Mediterranean.
The road up

Then you climb 
Stones beneath your feet 
Modern lives in old buildings  
Breathtaking views from the top

Cacti in the clifftop garden
Lunch in a tiny cafe surrounded by stone walls
Back down the mountain

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