To finish my trip to the south of France, to meet sun and friends, I returned to the Menton region – for the third time since I started blogging. There are several reasons to go there - the beauty of the landscape is of course one and another, the most important one, was to again meet blogger friend Jilly. Have a look on her sites here, about Menton, about Monte Carlo, about her dog friends…
I already made two posts about the little city Menton, so this time I will just show you the looks of the new Jean Cocteau Museum and of the beautiful covered market.
Actually Jilly’s home I just behind Menton, up on the hills, close to the wonderful village Gorbio. With a long history from the time of the Templars and the Crusades, this little village is today one of the best examples of what you expect a village in the south of France to look like. Watch the elm on the central place, planted in 1713 – celebrating its 300 years anniversary by special festivities this summer.
Jilly took me on a ride into Italy, so close, along the Ligurian coast. Menton and Gorbio are almost on the border and are French only since 1860.
We visited first Bussana Vecchia. A few kilometers up on the hills (see top picture), this little village was hit by an earthquake in 1887, killing some 2000 people. The village, largely destroyed, was abandoned, until after WWII when some immigrants from southern Italy moved in, soon expelled by police forces. Later, since the 1960’s, artists from all of Europe - and despite continued “fights” with authorities - work and live here.
The two churches lost their roofs. A church tower remains….
No chance for a car to enter the village.
We visited a few art galleries…
… and met a number of dogs, cats, some hens and a cock.
We then drove down to the coast, to San Remo, a central city on the Italian Riviera, today known for its music festival and many other cultural events, during the 19th century a place of resort for the Austrian Empress “Sissi”, the Russian Tsar family, Alfred Nobel… There are still a few palaces left, a casino, an orthodox church… ,