I've always had such a deep appreciation for the beauty of nature, and I find a lot of my peace and solace on long walks to nowhere and strolls along water. When Mel left Nice, I still had a few days on my own to explore the city before flying to my next destination. I've actually never heard of Eze nor Menton before, but friends who had studied abroad or visited the South of France in the past texted me about these fun day trips I should go on while I was in Nice, since they're only train rides away from where I was staying. Let me tell you that I loved these two places more than Monaco and Cannes, which are much more popular destinations, simply because I loved how truly breathtaking both places were. Fun fact: I've actually never travelled completely alone before despite having visited a lot of places just this year alone. There's something pretty magical that happens when you let your mind and thoughts wander when you're by yourself. Sounds a bit cheesy, but I truly appreciate the time I get to enjoy by myself.
For this post, I thought it would be different to show you guys some of my favorite scenic pictures from Eze and Menton that are seriously postcard worthy. I'm also going to leave some tips for you in case you find yourself in one of these cities in the future and want some recommendations on what to do!
Hope you enjoy!
Getting to Eze by train is easy, but you either have to hike to the old village or take a 15 minute bus ride outside of the station. It's a pretty winding road, so hold on tight or try to grab a seat on the bus!
Some of the most breathtaking views are seen from the Jardin botanique d'Èze (Exotic Garden), which costs 6 Euros for admission. You can spend an hour or two admiring the dozens of unique species of plants and succulents from all around the world. It's also built on the site of a former medieval fortress 429 meters above the Mediterranean, so you already know your eyes are in for a treat.
Check out the shops! There are so many small shops selling locally made souvenirs and sweet treats. You'll find anything from fresh soaps to spices and bags of lavender.
Fragonard - L'Usine Laboratoire. I actually did not not get a chance to visit this perfumerie, but I know that a trip to the South of France is incomplete without checking out a tour of how perfume is made in the labs. Mel and I would love to come back in the future and pick up a few bottles of our own creation.
Exploration time: 4-5 hours
Menton is the furthest city northeast of Nice that I visited, and takes about 1 hour by train from Gare de Nice-Ville
My suggestion is really just to walk around, eat, and explore the market that is busy every morning! Check out the details and times here
If you can't tell from the pictures below, it is absolutely breathtaking here, and the scenery is pretty unreal, so don't forget your camera
Relax on Palmes Beach - the sand isn't too rocky and the water is warm and inviting
Exploration time 3-4 hours
Thanks for visiting!