In 1995, my husband and I spent a week of our honeymoon in Eze-le-Village which is a medieval village located along the French Riviera about 15 or 20 kilometres from Nice. The village is perched on a cliff top about 427 metres above sea level which affords magnificent views over the Mediterranean. The village is accessible only to pedestrians and there are numerous charming boutiques just waiting to be discovered while strolling the narrow, sloping pathways. Eze was a perfect home base for the week that we spent exploring the French Riviera and, even though it was late March/early April, the sun shone brilliantly every day and there was a hint of the summer to come in the air.
We stayed at the the beautiful Relais & Châteaux property Château de la Chèvre d'Or which has 30 rooms and 7 suites and sits perched on the side of the cliff overlooking the Bay of Saint Jean Cap Ferrat and which has a gourmet restaurant that boasts 2 Michelin stars. Our room had a lovely terrace where we could sit and soak up the sun and the view of the sparkling waters of the sea. The château was by far one of the most luxurious and memorable hotels that we have ever stayed at (although my old scanned photos don't do it justice).
A little more than 15 years later we returned to the south of France with our daughters and spent two wonderful weeks renting a villa in Provence. One of the day trips that we made while there was to Eze so that Katie and Emma could see where we had stayed on our honeymoon. The village was much busier in August than it had been in early April, however, it is definitely still one of the most beautiful places that I have ever visited. We enjoyed wandering the still familiar streets, browsing the shops and showing the girls the château.
We only had a few hours to spend in Eze since it was such a long drive from where we were staying in Gordes but it was definitely worth it to reminisce about our honeymoon trip and show our daughters the charming village that we loved so much.
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