On my way to Italy and shared holidays with kids and grand-kids, I made a stop to visit blog-friend Jilly – once more. She lives close to the little village Gorbio, on the hills overlooking Menton. (See some photos from my first visit here.)
Nobody welcomes you better than Jilly. Here are some pictures from her nice terrace, where you could sit for hours, admiring the landscape (even with a little glimpse of the Mediterranean), enjoying a glass of roséwine…
Before going further with this post, maybe a look on a map would help to situate Gorbio and the other places Jilly brought me to during the too few days I spent in the area.
From the Italian-French border, first a distant look at Menton (see previous posts) and the sea with people enjoying the wonderful transparent water…
… but this is also where you find a number of refugees, arriving massively in Italy and then trying to reach other European destinations.
Jilly brought me to the village Sospel, once a staging post on the road from Nice to Turin. The toll bridge crossing the river Bévéra, dates from the 13th century. We spent a few hours, including a very nice lunch - in the shade.
The following day we went to another charming medieval village, Sainte-Agnès. Despite the hot weather, some still had to work.
From the top of the village, some 800 m (2.600 ft) over sea level, you can find the remains of the Maginot defence line from the 1930’s, look at the Mediterranean, Italy… and enjoy a lunch with Jilly and her friend, who lives in the village.
During my stay, I did of course some walking around Gorbio (see also top picture) with its more than 300 year old elm tree - in the middle of the central square...
… where we also enjoyed a nice dinner.
Jilly takes all kinds of positions to take photos, especially of dogs. She also photographed Elfy (her photo here), the Boston Terrier belonging to my daughter and her companion, who came to pick me up for further transportation to Italy.