The Path of...
The Path of Nietzsche where famous philosopher borrowed it for the first time in 1883 and composed one of the chapters of ' Thus spoke Zarathustra ' at the time of one about his rises.
Going on you'll penetrate inside by the Postern, double gate which controlled the single access to the village and which was created at the end of the XVI 2nd century. Only, the hinges remain. On our left we see 'Canionere' which was bought at the XVI 2nd century for the use of fire weapons. Les Deux Tour de Gardes are classified Historic buildings.
An excellent example of the Piedmontese tradition, the Frontage of the principal street brings back for us to the 18 italian century . A coating protected the wall of the water infiltrations. The reasons painted over indicated the social, real or claimed status, of the owner.
The Parish church involves us in the century of the 'Bâtie' between 1764 and 1772 its very sober frontage, bored of an eye of ox, contrasts with its Baroque interior with a single nave and very richly decorated. Pointing out the Origins of Eze, the symbols Egyptiens and Christian are mèlent. God is represented there 18 times in the form of Sun.
In the Cemetery rests the celebrated actor and humorist, Francis Blanche.
We dominate an impregnable Panorama top of the Exotic Garden. Created in 1949 by the agricultural engineer J.Gastaud, it conceals hundreds of Cactées whose majority come from South America. We can admire in particular the celebrated 'Coussins de Belle Mere'
At 429m, le Chàteau still crowns its ruins, EZE, Le Nid d'Aigle . It was never a residence seigneuriale but only one fortress, dismantled on the command of Louis XIV in 1706.
The vault of the Holy Cross is the only still intact monument of the Middle Ages. Built at the XIV 2nd century, it was the place of meeting where Penitients Blancs took all their decitions. Laic command, they were charged to bury deaths free and to request for them. Renovated in 1953, the vault is decorated by Michel-Marie Poulain.
When you enter the legendary Porte de Maures which remind us the invasions sarrazines. It has been used as passage for the invaders to take Eze by surprise.
On the left, the Eza Castle, known until 1976 under the name of 'Prince de Sèude's Castle '. Created in 1920 per William of Sweden it was during more than 30 years the place of residence of the royal family.
The Place of Planet has the 1st sign of comfort from which profited the village. The Fountain was installed by Mr. Barlow, owner of the House of Riquiers, in 1930. The model comes from Italy. It will have to be waited until 1952 so that water arrives in the houses.
Among the gates of the village, the Gate of Riquiers is undoubtedly most remarkable. It is the input of the old residence seigneriale. The riquiers were the first known lords and Eze was their old stronghold outside Nice. Their domination lasted of the XIII 2nd at the XVI 2nd century.
Eze becomes mythological with the Castle of the Gold Goat, old residence seigneriale. It bears the name of this fabulous animal which sought to mislay in the mountains, the imprudent shepherds, wishing to discover its treasures.
Rest in a bench at Place...
Rest in a bench at Place Masséna while local kids play.
ADDRESS: If you come from the train station direction, walk all along Avenue Jean Médecin and after you pass Galeries Lafayette, you may see this huge square, which is Place Masséna. If you come from the Vieux-Nice (old town), just find where La Grande Roue (Big Wheel) is, and you will find Place Masséna. It was really windy when we took this picture from the top of la Grande Roue (big wheel).
Drivers in France are likely to ignore the posted speed limits and exceed them. They drive on the right in France and you must give way to drivers coming from streets to the right of you. There is no shortage of service stations either on the major road routes or the smaller side roads.
walk from Mont Boron to the Port - wonderful views
Mont Boron is the hilly area to the east of the Port of Nice where Sir Elton John has a villa. Many of the villas here are pretty spectacular and there are many beautiful turn-of-the-century belle epoque buildings.
The remains of a fort is still here at the summit. For a pleasant walk with fantastic views of the Port and Promenade des Anglais, walk from the top of Mont Boron, all the way down to the Port. But how to get up there in the first place? Easy - cheat and take the number 14 bus (Place Garibaldi is a good stop to catch it - by the tea shop close to the Grand Cafe de Turin) The 14 takes you effortlessly to the top of Mont Boron for 1 euro 30.
Once off the bus, cross the car park and you will see a path signposted for the Port. Start walking! If you want, there is a circular path around Mont Boron and you could do a quick circuit and take in fine views of Villefranche sur Mer, before decending to the Port of Nice.
Eventually the path becomes steps which cross narrow roads and near the bottom you will have to take a right turn onto boulevard Carnot for the final short walk to the Port.
Don't forget your camera and a bottle of water.
This is not a strenuous walk and it will not take you very long. We took about an hour with a child but we were stopping to take photos en route.
We did this walk in April and it was very hot. It would be a lovely gentle walk to do on a sunny autumn/winter day.
For rock freaks
Rock CD/DVD/T-Shirt shop.
This place is a must see.
Several sections: gothic clothes and garments, books (Camion Blanc, Camion Noir), patches, pin's, DVDs, second-hand cds, band T-shirts, LPs and EPs, techno/electronika/jungle... section, large rock/pop choice, progressive and psychedelic section, black/death/extreme metal section, goth/indus/dark folk.
You'll find flyers and tickest for a large choice of musical events, loads of cheap prices, a very good atmosphere and good advice.
The team is:
- Jean-Paul: the friendly boss
- Fifi: 70s freak. A walking dictionary.
- Ludo: from Hendrix to Mike Patton via Jungle and Techno.
- Christophe: goth and indus specialist. Ex-member of Corpus Delicti. Now plays in Kom-Intern. Here you'll find almost any classic record you want.
New releases are commanded immediately and you can order what you lack from their extensive catalog.
Very interesting prices (lower than anywhere else) and great choice.
Buy: pop rock, metal, techno, electro-indus, soul, blues, reggae, ska...
You are encouraged to listen before you buy. Less than in any other shop.