Itâ€™s day 3 of my French Riviera little adventure. Iâ€™d say Iâ€™ve done pretty well so far. Iâ€™ve visited Monaco, Nice and 7 other little French villages making a couple of pretty cool discoveries. But thereâ€™s still a lot more too explore. Today Iâ€™m going to head east once again-- but this time on foot, to check out some of the towns between Nice and Monaco. Passing through by bus the other day they really looked tempting.
First I have to climb a steep ridge of winding streetsâ€¦ and right at the top I exit Nice and enter the town of Villefranche sur Mer. Here I can soak in one of the most stunning views of the Rivieraâ€¦ orange tiled roofs of the Old Town of Villefrancheâ€¦ the turquoise bay dotted with sailboats and a cruise shipâ€¦ the lush green Cap Jean peninsulaâ€¦ it is truly a million dollar view.
The only trouble is figuring out how to take a clip of me and my guitar with the view in the backgroundâ€¦ I even try borrowing someoneâ€™s garbage bin from across the street to use as a prop for my cameraâ€¦ still canâ€™t quite do the view justiceâ€¦ Well, at least Iâ€™m able to enjoy the view better than the folks on the cruise tour buses who speed right through at 40 miles an hour.
I keep on walking east until I find myself in another town, Beaulieu.
A Few Hours Later
After Beaulieu and Cap Jean, I head back west through Villefranche, this time way down below along the shore. There I reach the Old Town just as it starts to rain, but that doesnâ€™t keep me from wandering about and enjoying the vibe of the place. Itâ€™s a decent old town as old towns go-- pretty touristy, but it still has an authentic feel to it. Next to it is a big old castle which you can explore for free. Inside the labyrinth of its chambers is a sculpture display of some artist who specializes in naked women-- an interesting display, but it kind of feels out of place in an ancient castleâ€¦ Iâ€™d rather just explore a castle as a castleâ€¦
And from there I climb up the winding streets to the main road above to catch a bus back to Nice.