Eze, The French Rivieria

Eze is a medieval village between Nice and Monaco perched on a narrow rocky peak overlooking the Mediterranean sea. Eze is about a 30-minute drive from Nice or a 10-minute train ride for less than two euro. I would strongly recommend the drive as the route is very scenic.

Anywho, the ancient fortified village is still crowned with the ruins of its 12th-century fortified castle which was torn down in 1706. The castle grounds host the well-known Jardin Exotique, and from the top, you’ll have a great view of the coast.

The village forms a circular pattern around the base of the castle. The old buildings and narrow streets are very well restored, with high stone walls and narrow roadways of red-brick centered stone. The cobblestone roads and stairs with the steep inclines make Eze an adventurous workout visit. However, it is so worth it to see the beauty.

Perfume Factory

Before exploring the village and at the base, is the Fragonard perfume factory which was established in the 1920s. They offer free tours of the making of perfume, soap, and lotions. Would you believe I never heard of Fragonard? They have several perfume stores throughout the world.

Eze in the background

The laboratory! I should have paid attention in chemistry 😀

The flowers around the world that make the fragrance

My travel partner, maddawgstlouie, enjoyed herself tremendously and couldn’t figure which perfume to buy so she ended up with 5 lol

Eze on Down the Road

Next stop is exploring Eze!

Before making up the first hill, I lost my travel buddy lol

One of the great things about traveling with others is you don’t have to do everything together. Always remember, this is your trip and your interest as well.

Okay, now back to Eze. My first stop after the incline is admiring the view.

The village is like a maze and I enjoyed going through archways, alleyways, climbing stairs and admiring the architecture.

You know I had to find a door.

The Alleyways

I am getting closer to the Clock Tower.

Whew! I needed a little break

I got distracted

Charming Shops

Love the artworks

This is a drinking fountain that fit right in.

It was getting close to my departure time, so I didn’t make it all the way to the top. But I was able to get a great view of the Clock Tower.

However, as I was leaving I did see a statue of a gorilla or ape 🤔 I don’t know the significance but will find out on my return trip.

Lastly, I see you and I know you want to visit the French Riviera for yourself or a group trip with your friends. Contact me and I will make it happen.

I hope enjoyed the latest post on the French Riviera. See you soon!

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