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In the hills behind the French Riviera

[Tripper: Paola]
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On the hills behind the famous tourist resorts of the French Riviera, more discreet than the clamor of the coast, perched and almost isolated, there are villages of ancient beauty, well-kept and refined. You have to earn them by driving slowly through the curves of the roads that reach them but it is not a haughty spirit, it is instead an invitation to tune in to the harmony of this land.
There are roads that must be traveled for the sole pleasure of doing it, roads that welcome you and lead you by the hand to discover its beauty.

Eze Village - La collina

Eze Village - The Hill

Eze Village - vegetazione

Eze Village - vegetation


Between Montecarlo and Nice, there are three roads, known as Les Trois Corniches de la Côte d'Azur: Basse Corniche, Moyenne Corniche, Grande Corniche.
They are three routes that unfold at different heights and pass through picturesque villages offering breathtaking panoramas.
The Grande Corniche is the highest of the three: Alfred Hitchcock made his famous movie "Thief Hunt" with Cary Grant and Grace Kelly among these streets. The unfortunate princess Grace of Monaco on these curves also found death due to a car accident while she was with her younger daughter Stephanie.
The Basse Corniche instead crosses the elegant seaside resorts, joining Nice to Menton, overlooking the sea for more than thirty kilometers.
In the middle lies the Moyenne Corniche, carved out of the rock. This road leads to the medieval village of Èze, which dominates the sea from its 427 meters high. It is necessary to leave the car outside the village and walk along the slightly uphill road. Lose yourself in the picturesque alleys, among artisan shops, bougainvillea and wrought iron gates embedded in stone walls.
The village has its center in the ancient castle, now a luxury hotel, suitable for a romantic escape for two. All around extends the nucleus of ancient houses, which have remained unchanged over the centuries. Unsurprisingly, the village was long disputed before being re-annexed to France in 1860 at the behest of its inhabitants
Do not miss the sea view that can be enjoyed from the hotel's exotic garden and you will grasp the defensive value of this fortress that shares the sky with the eagles.
Leaving the historic center, a few curves lower, there is a small yellow building, home of the Fragonard perfume house. The house offers a curious guided tour, which tests guests' noses. It seems strange to say but "the nose" is a profession in a workmanlike fashion, very well paid. The olfactory ability to discover and combine essences to create new fragrances is in fact highly sought after, which almost becomes an artistic act.
It seems to us an excellent conclusion to a day of romantic taste.

Eze Village - vegetazione

Eze Village - vegetation