During our stay in Nice last month, Britt and I took a couple of day trips to some nearby spots. One such spot was the small medieval village in Èze. From Nice it is a 15 minute bus ride along a picturesque coastal highway that winds along the coast. The fare is less the the price of a Metrocard swipe. The bus drops you right at the base of Le Jardin Exotique, which is set atop a very, very old little village. We wandered through the stone walled passages for a few hours including the garden itself. We packed some sammies from the boulanger in Nice and enjoyed them in the garden’s sunny main lookout.
A few more snaps from Èze–
When we were staying in Menton (a few miles down the coast from Nice), we took a day trip Monaco. It is a 15 minute ride on the SNCF train from Menton’s main station. The station in Monaco is buried deep in the hillside behind the marina. It is pretty cool to walk out of the tunnel into the hustle and bustle of the tiny port state. We spent a couple of hours exploring the marina, then up to the casino and it’s gardens before hopping the train back to Menton. It was definitely cool to checkout. But unless you are into gambling, have a mega yacht or are there for F1, I can’t really see spending a lot of time there. Here are a few snaps (all of them crappy cell phone images)–