If you followed my old blog, you know that Menton, France is one of my happy places. I need to rephrase that…one of our happy places since hubby has fallen in love with it as well. With its micro climate, winters are mild (although I have experienced seriously chilly days there…thank goodness for the warmth of the sun). Menton has a picture-perfect medieval town, numerous Belle Epoque villas and a yearly average of 316 days of sunshine. It’s easy to see why this seafront town is called The Pearl of France.
The location is ideal. The Italian border is just a few minutes away. Nice, about 20 minutes, Monaco…10 minutes. It is very easy to visit the entire Cote d’azur using Menton as a base. Menton is easy to navigate and has that lovely italian-french vibe. After writing this, I am wondering why we are moving to Mexico? Well, that will be our home base to travel from so we’ll be able to spend more time in Menton.
This is the Promenade du Soleil, a beautiful place for a stroll. Any time of day.
Well, this post is about a hidden treasure…not exactly hidden BUT you have to make an effort to find it. You have to walk and that walk can leave you a little winded. At least I was slightly out of breath and the sweater was removed.
The hidden treasure is the Cemetery of The Old Chateau. There is another cemetery, Cimetiere du Trabuquet just as lovely but a farther, steeper walk. It seems a bit bizarre to be writing about a cemetery with the two year anniversary of J.W’s death quickly approaching but he liked this cemetery as well.
This is the Basilica of Saint-Michel-Archange built in 1619. You walk up the hill and past this to get to the cemetery. I love the colors of the churches, all the buildings in this town actually. Often (on IG) I will see photo’s taken in the area and the colors have been lightened to the point they are washed out. The real deal is best…my opinion.
You’ll pass by this stone wall on your way up the hill. This has to be one of my favorite photo’s with the cascading flowers. Looks like it could be in Mexico. Seriously.
The cemetery was built where a castle from the middle ages once stood. The cemetery dates from 1808 and certainly has one of the best views in town.
The panoramic view from the top of the hill is spectacular. I love the old tile roofs. And the Mediterranean Sea…I could look at that all day long.
No words. Just so lovely
I believe the child who rests here was loved very much. His family would be proud that his grave is visited and photo’s are taken.
Most of the funerary sculptures are detailed and life-like.
This cross in honor of Prince Gregoire Volkonsky looks as if it was plucked from Heaven and placed in this spot.
Menton was the home of many wealthy Russians back in the day. Some of the grandest mausoleums and funerary sculptures were created for Russian nobility. The gold on the dome glittered when the sun peeked out from the clouds.
We begin our walk down the hill from the cemetery. Is this not stunning? I love the ivy covered stairway.
Right after I took this photo, the man approaching waved. We chatted a bit once we were side by side. He was huffing and I had put my sweater back on. He lives in the neighborhood. He told us that, “the neighbors above him are quiet, the others…not so much.”
If you should have the opportunity to visit Menton, carve some time out to visit both cemeteries. Even if it is not “your thing”, you’ll be treated to the best view in town.
Have a good week. Here’s to a great June.