Monday, January 23, 2012

Eze, France

Last post of my Cote d'Azur vacation, I promise!!  But I just couldn't resist sharing this perfect little city with you.  You might have heard of it, it was most certainly in most tourist books we saw.  It is small and not entirely well-known but oh so worth it.  I am so glad we took the time to visit this beautiful little city.  To catch up on my little vacay here are the posts: Cannes, Nice, and Italy & Monaco.

I will try to explain how enchanting it was through the pictures.  So come, take a mini-vacation with me to the south of France, a little city perched high up on a mountain top, overlooking the French Riviera.
The town of course has a little church like most, if not all, French towns.  This particular church was rather old and the outside was rather plain.  However, when I walked inside, I was mesmerized by its beauty.  And after being in the Notre Dame in Paris this past weekend, as far as the inside goes - Eze takes the cake.
Now come take a walk with me through the narrow, cobblestone streets that were here when the Romans were.  The city was actually established close to 2000 BC.  That's B.C., people! The castle or fortress was built in 1388 AD and the church {first pictures} is the oldest standing building from 1306 AD.
Isn't this city fabulous?  I feel like I am living in medieval France and my knight in shining armor is going to show up any minute.  Except, of course, for the restaurant in the picture on the right.  I am sure that is from at least 1500 AD.
Oh and I almost forgot to mention, people actually live in this little fortress.  Amazing!  I don't think I would actually dig something like that, so many tourists all over the place, but so cool to live somewhere with such rich history.
This is the walkway to someone's home.  

View looking out from the fortress looking down on Nice.
A view looking up to the fortress.  As we were driving towards it, we saw the castle perched out there on a cliff and we all thought 'what the heck is that and how do you even get there!'  Thanks to our sometimes trusty GPS we made it and I am so glad we did!

There it is, just sitting out there about to fall off a cliff or something.  I stood on that edge!  Yikes!
The fam bam walking the many stairs.

Then we made our way to the old Roman ruins in Nice.  This was our historical day.  So stinkin' beautiful.
This ampitheatre is from the first century.  So incredible so much has lasted.  And no, I don't know that couple that is posing for this picture... whoops!

The funny thing about this place was that there was this beautiful park right next to the ampitheatre and the old Roman baths (which were next to this, I didn't get a picture) and people were in the park like it was nothing!  I mean maybe that is weird coming from an American, from California no less, where the oldest thing is my grandpa.  He's like 86 and has some great stories....

But as much as I love my grandpa and his stories he's told {many times} this trip was one of a lifetime and I feel so blessed we got to go!

On that note, I left for Sweden yesterday!  So I might be a little MIA next week, hang in there with me!  I will still have posts scheduled, etc. but just maybe a little slow on comments and things like that.

I have never been to Sweden, any must sees while I am there?

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Tracy said...

Beautiful! Have a wonderful time in Sweden. Can't wait to hear all about it.

Alyx said...

Oh. My. Gosh! This is so beautiful! I feel like you've added yet ANOTHER place that I need to see to my list. Love it!

Grammy Goodwill said...

Oh, Natalia. This is why I love Europe. The absolute age of places just amazes me. It's difficult to even comprehend. Your pictures are lovely and really capture the beauty of where you were. Enjoy your trip to Sweden.

MiMi said...

Gorgeous!! Seriously would love to see that. Why don't we have anything cool like that in the US? Guess cuz we're not as old? :/
Anyway. Can't wait to see and hear about Sweden!

Kasey Lynne said...

Eze was definitely one of my favorite locations. It's so small yet SO beautiful and charming!!!

Anonymous said...

AMAZING! Wow, super beautiful...looks like something straight out of a story book. Oh, how I love all your pictures from Europe! (And your hilarious "coming from America, where the oldest thing is my grandpa." Hahaha!

Chloe Jacqueline said...

What amazing pictures and stories! Ahhhh I wish I was there to see it! The church the cobble stone streets, everything! This looks like perfection!


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