French Riviera Travel Blog I – Budget Travel

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The morning when we woke up in the tent to the sound of raindrops… Such a disappointment! But that is what happens when you go to France in low season – less crowded, yes, cheaper, yes – but there is a chance you won’t get lovely weather the whole time.

The first stop was the ancient village of Éze not far from Nice – which lies 430 m (1400 ft) above sea level. Stunning views, a labyrinth-like feeling and the atmosphere of the castle ruins are all priceless. There is not even question, I preferred Éze to Nice or Monaco. It was obvious that I would do – a medieval village on a hill top with fabulous views to Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat where we spent the previous day.
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The highlight for me was the cactus garden on the top (Le Jardin d’Eze). Entry is €6 but well worth it. Beautiful setting, sculptures, interesting plants and background info both in English and French.  I can imagine the view is much nicer with clear blue sky, so definitely planning a long weekend back to Nice so we can visit Eze in nice weather.

 IMG_1211IMG_1243 IMG_1249 IMG_1256We spent only 1-2 hours here, If I had the budget, I’d definitely treat myself with a nice lunch on dinner at sunset, but hey, must leave something to do once we go back for a visit! After Éze we were off to Monaco which was a 20 minute drive away. These two destinations are perfect for one day – none of them requires more time than a few hours. That is only of course if you don’t have serious money for a shopping spree in Monaco! But one day…

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