Eze Village and Kerylos Villa

Published April 22nd, 2012

On this day we split from the tour group and took off on our own to check out the perched village of Eze. Eze definitely feels more tourist-trap than Saint-Paul-de-Vence, but the jaw-dropping views can't be beat.


Place Garibaldi

Our journey began with walking halfway accross the city to Place Garibaldi to find the bus we needed to take. So many buses run through this part of town that we couldn't tell where on the map went the one we wanted until we were within a few blocks and could spot it on the Detail view at bus stations

  • February 21st, 2012
  • Nikon D7000
  • 22mm / f/8 / 1/250 sec


But there was this very silly dog in the square, so that was okay.

  • February 21st, 2012
  • Nikon D7000
  • 85mm / f/5.6 / 1/500 sec

Perched indeed

Eze puts the "Perched" in "Perched Village", stuck on top of an outcrop of rock a good quarter mile above the sea. Somehow, despite its forbiddingly-defensible position, it's been taken by force /twice/.

  • February 22nd, 2012
  • Nikon D7000
  • 16mm / f/6.3 / 1/60 sec

A good place to watch

A good place to watch for enemy ships. Apparently on a really clear day, you can see all the way to corsica from here.

  • February 21st, 2012
  • Nikon D7000
  • 22mm / f/6.3 / 1/160 sec


The whole town, cemetaries included, is embedded right in the rock of the outcrop.

  • February 21st, 2012
  • Nikon D7000
  • 38mm / f/4.8 / 1/50 sec

Dizzying height

The Med is basically a quarter-mile away. Straight Down.

  • February 21st, 2012
  • Nikon D7000
  • 50mm / f/6.3 / 1/160 sec


So, naturally, we walked the trail that led down to the sea.

  • February 22nd, 2012
  • Nikon D7000
  • 34mm / f/4.5 / 1/80 sec

Kerylos Villa

A couple of towns over, down by the sea, is the Kerylos Villa. In the early 20th century, a rich french archaeologist decided that what he really wanted in a house was a faithful replica of an Athenian villa. So he made one.

  • February 22nd, 2012
  • Nikon D7000
  • 42mm / f/8 / 1/250 sec

Kerylos Court

Complete with painted walls and ceilings, mosaic floors in every room, and an inner courtyard with fountain an olive tree. About the only anachronistic thing in the place were the solid-marble bathtubs. I can respect that.

  • February 22nd, 2012
  • Nikon D7000
  • 16mm / f/5 / 1/100 sec

Eze by night

We had dinner at a small restaurant on the Grand Corniche, overlooking Eze as a night fog rolled in.

  • February 24th, 2012
  • Nikon D7000
  • 85mm / f/5.6 / 1/13 sec

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