Postcards from Southern France: Èze, the eagle’s nest of the South

With about 3000 inhabitants, Èze is a village located between Nice and Monaco.

Èze is famous for its medieval village, the Chapelle de la Sainte Croix, the oldest building of the village, which dates back to 1306. The village is also famous for the view of the sea from the top of its hill. The hill also houses a Botanical Garden, which harvests a large collection of cacti and succulents.

Èze, the medieval village: Overview

Èze, the medieval village: Overview

Situated at about 430 meters above the sea level, the heart of the village is a 12th century castle. Because of the special settings, the village is compared with an eagle’s nest.

The medieval village is small and captivating, although it has lately been populated with a lot of modern shops adapted to the old context. There are small rooms in stone with commercial items at unaffordable prices.

Small ancient street in the medieval village of Èze

Small ancient street in the medieval village of Èze

Locals speak an open and relaxed French, which is probably influenced by the local dialect, similar to the Monégasque language with some influences from the Occitan language. In the old area of Nice actually we noticed the streets’ names, which are displayed in both French and Occitan languages.

Friedrich Nietzsche, the German philosopher, used to walk in the village of Èze, in the 19th century. Locals say that the heat helped him reflect on his philosophical themes.

A traditional house next to the medieval village

A traditional house next to the medieval village

While waiting for the bus to go to Monaco, we had one hour to visit Fragonard and Galimard, two perfume factories, which I am going to introduce in one of my upcoming blog articles.

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