We leave Villefranche-sur-Mer and continue on to our next stop which is the medieval village of Eze.
As we climb the Moyenne Corniche we have time for one last look at Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat.
We are at the village of Eze and this is what it’s all about. This astonishing medieval village hovers on a rock terrace 429 meters high above the Mediterranean Sea and has a panorama that I imagine you would get from a lofty nest perched high on a precipitous landscape far above the surging waves below. The view leaves me breathless.
Eze is a typical French medieval village made up of narrow lanes and stone buildings which capture the local heritage and history of centuries ago. It’s like an outdoor museum, it’s so authentic.
For instance the oldest building in Eze is the Chapelle de la Sainte Croix and this dates back to 1306. Life back then was a bit harsh to say the least.
I wonder if the villagers who lived in these inaccessible locations then, with little access to water or fertile ground to grow enough food to survive, felt the incredible view was worth the challenge.
Today life is a little easier, especially for the tourist. Eze has shops, art galleries, hotels, restaurants and the Parfumerie, and they.are all worth a visit.
And as regards the incredible view, well it’s magical, so make the effort and you’ll see all the way to Saint-Tropez.
The girls enjoyed the scents of Provence at the adjacent Perfumery Galimard factory where, they say, you can embark on a voyage of personal discovery and emotional freedom.
Not being known for my olfactory skills I was contented to look at the flowers and this Mercedes Benz SLR McLaren Roadster which cost about £350,000 ($534 485 U.S.) when new.
Now if I bought one of those I’d know that I had definitely gone on a voyage of personal discovery. I would probably discover that I had gone insane.