MENTON

Nov 13, 2013by tracey Comments

This last weekend was the first time I have been to the South of France.  And considering I only spent forty-eight hours there I can’t say I saw much.  But what I saw I liked  a lot.  The odd part of this is the main reason I had never been was my mother never liked it. Or so she said.  But when I was growing up and we were traveling about she would never go to the South of France.  Southern Italy yes. South China Sea, sure, but she said she did not like Nice, or Cannes or St. Tropez.  And I guess it stuck with me as I never made any attempt to get there on my own.

And nobody ever invited me or suggested we go.  So it was pretty much off my travel radar.   What makes this story slightly amusing is when we got to Monaco my mother said “You will be bored take the day and go to Menton. It’s the most divine little village.”

Really? How did she know that? I said, “I thought you hated it down here”

Well  the big cities yes, but Menton is worth the trip.  And then you should go to Vence and see the Chagall tryptic and” I stopped her there.  I only had about four hours. She was suddenly proposing a two week tour.

Now she does suggest things I don’t want to do, like she can sit through four hours of Romanian Folk Dancing and gets perplexed when I don’t want to join her. But she was so adamant about Menton I figured I would take her advice.

I told Glenn we were getting up early and despite the fact he had a meeting in Monaco at two we were going to Menton. He was not sure why, but he got in the cab and off we went.

And indeed it was a highlight for both of us.  When I got to the top of a hill and was looking towards Monaco on one side, Italy on the  other, across the deep blue Mediterranean sea I emailed mom and said ‘Now you tell me?”  Oh well, better late than never.

This is a case where pictures are much better than words.

First stop for a photo.
First stop for a photo.
On the way to Menton. I made the driver stop so I could take photos. That was a little villa on nice spit of land!
On the way to Menton. I made the driver stop so I could take photos. That was a little villa on nice spit of land!

 

How about that hotel perched up there. I forgot the name but I shall Google.
How about that hotel perched up there. I forgot the name but I shall Google.
This is looking away from Menton back towards Monaco.
This is looking away from Menton back towards Monaco.
It's a rather large village, with a new part and a very old part. We walked all through the old part, this was the beginning of our walk.
It’s a rather large village, with a new part and a very old part. We walked all through the old part, this was the beginning of our walk.

 

We headed down this street. Up really is the a better description.
We headed down this street. Up really is the a better description.
And we made a turn.
And we made a turn.
Kept going.
Kept going.
Follow the kid in the soccer shirt.
Follow the kid in the soccer shirt.
I have a thing about photographing laundry. I inherited it from my DP on Lucky Ducks Gabe Judet Wenshiel.
I have a thing about photographing laundry. I inherited it from my DP on Lucky Ducks Gabe Judet Wenshiel.
More steps.
More steps.

 

Tempting....
Tempting….
First sign we were getting towards the top. The square with the two churches.
First sign we were getting towards the top. The square with the two churches.
This was the second church that was across the small square.
This was the second church that was across the small square.
Think we can hitch a ride down?
Think we can hitch a ride down? Don’t you love how he climbs in a blazer?

 

Turn away from the church and this is what you see.
Turn away from the church and this is what you see.
Look at the stones.
Look at the stones.

 

Heading back up.
Heading back up.
First sign we reached the top. No not that top. Just the top of the village.
First sign we reached the top. No, not that top. Just the top of the village.

 

So from one side of ancient cemetery you could see the hills dotted with villas.
So from one side of  the ancient cemetery you could see the hills dotted with villas and houses.
Then you spin around and you see the rooftops of the town and the sea.
Then you spin around and you see the rooftops of the town and the sea.
Then move a little to the left and you are facing the Mediterranean.
Then move a little to the left and you are facing the Mediterranean.

 

And then turn a little more to the left and there is Italy.
And then turn a little more to the left and there is Italy.

 

Looking towards Italy but at France.
Looking towards Italy but at France.

 

If it's for eternity, this spot is as good as it gets.
If it’s for eternity, this spot is as good as it gets. The Taglionis lucked out.
In the opposite direction the rooftops of Menton.
In the opposite direction the rooftops of Menton.

 

This caught my eye.
This caught my eye. Glenn thinks it might be a hotel.I say house.
We headed back down.
We headed back down.
Down was easier.
Down was easier.
We made it back to the real world. Sort of .
We made it back to the real world. Sort of.
Middle of part of the old town at the bottom of the hill.
Middle of part of the old town at the bottom of the hill
McDonalds a real indicator. But it was closed!
McDonalds a real indicator. But it was closed!
Where we caught our cab to go back to Monte Carlo.
Where we caught our cab to go back to Monte Carlo.

 

Yes. There was lunch. Yes. There was an amazing Saturday food market. There was also a trip after dark to a 10th Century Castle and village built entirely on the hills where no cars can go as it’s all steps. But I need more blogs this week. Yes. I am back. But this is all too good to stop now.

To be cont….