WE TRAVEL FOR PLEASURE. Arrival in Menton is an exciting experience.
WELCOME TO OUR HOME. Our fully renovated beachfront apartment, built in the 17th century, is located in the center of the Vieille Ville, the vibrant, historical, Medieval district of Menton. Our street, once a Roman road called the Via Aurelia or Julia, has developed over the millennia into the Rue Longue. Paved in stones, with walls painted in Mimosa yellows, Siennas, Ochers and Tuscan reds it is yours for the duration.
We are one flight up. A large living room with a 16 foot high frescoed ceiling is the apartment’s richest feature. Three large 5 foot tall windows allow magnificent , unencumbered views of the Mediterranean sea and mountains all the way to Bordighera and San Remo in Italy. We can be on the beach in two minutes. From these same windows you can see your safely parked car. In March the air is so clear that the island of Corsica can often be seen on the horizon.
The spacious living room includes a convertible sofa, two leather club chairs, antique mirrors and chairs carved in the Menton style, television/VCR cable, WIFI, radio and stereo. The dining table sits eight. For the benefit of wine lovers we have provided good wine glasses to help you savor the area’s special AOC wines: Cotes De Provence, Bandol, and our favorite ,Vigonier.
The fourth window,in what the French call 'an American Kitchen' , opens onto the narrow Rue Longue. Refrigerator, dish washer, stove top, microwave, built in washer and dryer are there for your use. The unusual dish storage is a Vaissellier, a Provencal crockery shelf.
The apartment accommodates four people comfortably. There is a large bedroom with full bed and a smaller bedroom with a trundle bed. A small ceiling frescoe was discovered when we removed ceiling tiles. There is a bath with generous shower space, towel heater, hair dryer and a separate WC (toilet).
STREET PARKING IS AVAILABLE. NO PRIVATE PARKING AVAILABLE.
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CAFFEINE AND CHOCOLATE: Menton is the archetypal Mediterranean town. Perched on the French-Italian border,it provides the traveler with the delights of both France and Italy. This small town of 30,000 is nestled between Monaco (10 minutes away by train) and the Italian Riviera (a 20 minute walk) with the Nice airport 30 train-minutes away. Open to the sea and protected by an amphitheater of mountains which block off Mistral and Tramontane winds, it enjoys a subtropical 'micro-climate' allowing for seven exceptional botanical gardens to flourish. The Tourist Information Office in the Palais D'Europe, Ave. Boyer, will provide you with information and schedules.
Life is simple. We wake up expecting a sunrise, walk to our small bakery for hot croissants and pain au chocolat,(a croissant roll with one or two melted chocolate bars tucked in). For a double vacatiom treat we like to start our days with caffeine AND chocolate, based on the assumption that we’ll walk off those calories during the day.
EXCURSIONS OFF THE BEATEN PATH: As I help my guests plan their vacation I can’t help noticing that many declare 'I JUST WANT TO SIT IN A CAFE AND WATCH THE WORLD GO BY'. Great idea. By cultivating a healthy disrespect for time you'll fit right in. After you have booked, you will be sent an information package containing a long list of unusual sites too specialized for generic guidebooks. Places known mostly to locals, including personal favotires tailored to interest those with vigorous sport hobbies or quiet habits.
HERE IS A PARTIAL SAMPLER: Walking an 18th cent. seaside path under millionaire mansions. A wonderful toy shop. An Arabian Pure- Bred competition. Ferraris. A collection of Baroque Churches. Menton’s best restaurants. Chamber music. A Barbie Doll museum. A whale’s mouth. Napoleon's bivouac. Rigorous mountain climbing and kayaking. A Regatta from Sardinia. Petroglyphs. A glass bottom boat, a WWII Maginot Line bunker which housed 300 soldiers( fully restored).
MEMORIES: An international crowd of visitors, cosmopolitan shops in the modern town, mazes of narrow streets in the 14th century sector, fountains,cafes and tea-rooms, ardent blue seas and spacious seafront promenades transform a simple stroll into a delight for the senses. It’s fun to get lost and discover, to follow your instincts. Starting out for 'The Barbie' may get you sidetracked to a Greek Mansion. Eat eat eat Socca, try a cooling Perrier-Menthe on a hot day. Make your own memories. The smallest experience will be the best if it is truly YOURS.
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DEPARTURE TIME MUST BE NO LATER THAN 10:00 AM.
WE WISH YOU A BON VOYAGE.