eze is a charming medieval stone village perched on a high cliff overlooking the mediterranean sea. very picturesque. like a storybook romanesque village. you explore and all things beautiful seem to embrace you. an exquisite confluence of the old and new.
lovely boutiques, souvenir shops, art and craft galleries, perfumeries, terrace cafes and restaurants all gorgeously tucked along the winding alleys punctuated by pink brick stones as if a red carpet is set to welcome you. there is beauty at every nook and bend prettified by little accents like lamp post, chair or planter. quaint box windows offer gorgeous views and stone walls swathed in hot pink bougainvilleas simply delight you.
all the way to the top is the ruins of the 12th century fortified castle that is now the jardin botanique d’eze, a garden of cacti and succulents. up there gives you a feel of being on top of the world with stunning and breathtaking views of the sea and the coastline.
then there is the striking ochre eglisé notre dame de I’assomption, a catholic church that is open for public daily. it was built in 1764 by spinelli, an italian architect. by the church and its lovely clock tower are pretty shaded squares overlooking the valley.
wandering through the open-air market, le marché, is a joy. it’s more than a part of life in france. it is a tradition. you find fresh produce and mostly locally made arts and crafts. lavender, very popular in the south of france, are sold in soaps, sachets, honey and even sweets. and of course fragrances in all shapes and forms including tied in straws for decoration.
eze is a must see! it’s just a short bus ride from nice and monaco.