Keep driving past Menton to the Italian border. With the EU there is no longer a real stop point to enter Italy (just don't tell the car rental agency). Drive first through Garavan, the Beverly Hills of Menton. Typical of seaside resorts in the South of France, these villas were built for the provoleged few who chose Menton as their country retreat. Continue on to Vintimiglia with its famous market.
Basilica of St-Michel-Archange
The largest baroque church in the wide surroundings of Menton arises in front of you, when you stand in front of the Basilica of Archangel Saint Michael. To the left of the yellow-green facade stands the oldest part, dating back to the 15th century. The rest is made in the 17th and 18th century and has many Genuan styles in the baroque (such as the "Campanille" tower). The interior of the church is truely a wonder of art, or should I say "arts". Paintings, retables, sculptures and a dazzling display of colours, silver, gold and marble everywhere. The roof is painted in a wonderful way too. One can stay for hours here and discover something new every minute.
Palais de l'Europe
This art gallery exhibits French and foreign contemporary artists. Located in the old casino, constructed in 1908-09 by the Danish architect Hans Georg Tersling.
Here you can also find the Tourist Office.
Menton, a fishing town in France
The church in this pic is said to be one of the most beautiful baroque churches in France. Unfortunatelly, it was closed during my visit. Loved every moment of my stay in Menton...though, spent only one day there.
It is easy to get to Menton, e.g. if you are in Monaco or Nice or other parts nereby, you can get a ticket a travel by train to Menton. Takes less than one hour from Nice, as far as I remember. There is a famous lemon festival, taking place every year.
This street brings you downtown, you'll get to the market place and it is a few steps to the turqoise Mediterranean sea.
"View from the cemetery in Menton"
This view is worth walking up all the steep streets, the pic was taken from the cemetery!
Italy can be seen in the distance...
Salut à Menton
we stayed only 1 hour at Menton, what a pity! And guess, what we did: Of course, strolling through the streets and taking pics. And then I bought my favourite "fromage blnac battu", which is special for France.