Walking Villafranche-sur-Mer

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Villefranche from the bay.

Our Royal Caribbean cruise (Voyager of the Seas) stopped in the bay of Villafranche-sur-Mer for the day and we tendered into the port.  There is no pier in Villafranche, so tendering is the only option and it affords an opportunity to take some fantastic pictures of the rooftops, the large villas, the yachts and the hills, all from the clear view of the bay.

The train station in Villafranche-sur-Mer makes it very convenient to take a train to Nice and Monaco.  The train comes every 15 minutes or so.  Alternatively, there is a taxi stand just outside the port security building.  A few of us went to Monaco and a couple of us stayed in Villafranche.

I chose to walk around the village and to take some pictures of the gorgeous town.

  This town is just what you would imagine for the set of "Beauty and the Beast."  The town has beautiful cobblestone streets, narrow roads, winding staircases that go up into the village, and a fort.  I would have loved to take a tour of some of the large villas and mansions that sprinkled the edge of the bay and the hillside, but all of the owners or butlers must have been gambling in Monaco because no one invited me. 

On our walk, we stopped at La Trinquette, a nice cafe just behind the fort and near the water.  We sat at a table on the porch and drank a carafe of red wine while relaxing and soaking in all of the sights and sounds.  It was fun watching the cars and scooters move their way down the small winding roads, and seeing the "guard dog" of La Trinquette keeping all of the other little dogs out of his cafe.

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Villefranche from the bay.
Villefranche from the bay.
Voyager of the Seas in the bay at …
Voyager of the Seas in the bay at…
Voyager of the Seas in the bay at …
Voyager of the Seas in the bay at…
Porch of a nice hotel near La Trin…
Porch of a nice hotel near La Tri…
La Trinquette, a nice restaurant n…
La Trinquette, a nice restaurant …
La Trinquettes guard dog which ba…
La Trinquette's guard dog which b…
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photo by: Vikram