Apartment, 2 Bedrooms + Convertible bed(s), 1.5 Baths, (Sleeps 4)
About Josiane Trageser
I am a native of Menton, a Mentonnaise , who still understands the Mentounasc dialect spoken by the local folk. Born in a clinic behind the Basilica of St. Michel. I emigrated with family to America at an early age after attending school at the Dames de St. Maur in Monte -Carlo complete with the ballet lessons required of all little girls. In America I achieved a MA degree in Fine Art from Notre Dame University. As an Art Instructor on the college level, I led several tours of student( for credit) to France for a month of Art History in Paris and the Riviera. In the 1990's I began to yearn for a place back in my original home and began a 9 year search for a place with a view. An important criteria was living in the Old Town where relatives once lived so that I could sometimes hang out the laundry and spy from my kitchen window to see who was walking around late at night as I remember my Godmother often doing. I was not prepared for finding this beautiful spot which I cherish and respect with my entire being. One of my interests is drawing prehistoric art, which makes sense since I have a view of the Balsi Rossi caves from where I write. Professionally, I am an enameler ( def. glass fused on metal, in a furnace at 1.400*) and a Liturgical artist. My work has been shown in Britain, France, Russia, Italy South Africa and the States. I work with the public, religious and architects. Look if you dare. I speak three languages and like to sing whenever , wherever the mood strikes. Being an owner in this area of the France, the Riviera, gives me a chance to meet many interesting travellers who come to me from VRBO and it is a pleasure directing them through the English gardens, flra markets, Grand Prix of Monte Carlo,prehistoric caves, funny festivals and wonderful possibilities in this part of the world. Come visit!!!
Josiane Trageser purchased this Apartment in 2001
Why Josiane Trageser chose Old Town
Because I HAD to be in the old town amongst 1400 c. to 1700 c. construction. My road, the Rue Longue was once part of the Via Aurelia/Julia which went from Rome to Spain, changing name to Via Domitia and others several time in the process .THIS AREA IS A LIVING MUSEUM starting with paleolithic caves at Balsi Rossi, visible from the living room to Roman architecture,the and the Belle Epoque to the Impressionists.Monet actually painted in Bordighera.
What makes this Apartment unique
Calm, easygoing natives who care very much about doing whatever they do to the highest of their ability. Perfume manufacturers, and museums.The homes of Katherine Mansfield and other visiting writers such as Flaubert, and Stevenson. Queen Victoria left her name on our bus stop, and Queen Astrid loved to visit. An olive grove with 1000 year old trees, fresh fish bread and pastries every day, people who put words such as 'gently' and 'calmly' in their sentences and 320 days of sunshine per year.
non smoking only
pets not allowed
Children not allowed
not suitable for children
100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date.
Visiting Menton, this is the place to stay.
So, your planning on staying in one of the most beautiful places on the Côte d'Azur, Menton. Let me congratulate you on your brilliance. Well, now you need to make the ultimate decision, where to stay. After much research I decided on this terrific apartment. Now, you can choose to stay in an apartment that is in a modern building with absolutely no personality or you can choose an apartment with all the modern conveniences and loaded with charm and personality, in a superb location, with incredible views, and cool breezes. My wife and I loved this apartment, it was clean, comfortable, close to the beach, gardens, restaurants and it had everything we wanted or needed. The owner, Josy, was a pleasure to work with. She had an amazing amount of knowledge of Menton as well as many other areas of France. She gave us superb, and very usable, information about the area, its history, things to see, restaurants etc. She also helped with other areas of France that we visited. If you are concerned about the apartment not having air conditioning let me say this, although the temperature outside was fairly hot (mid 80's f daytime 70's f at night) the apartment stayed cool (with the widows open). We sleep very well and had no need for air conditioning. Should we get the chance to return to this beautiful city I definitely stay at this apartment again.
Unique spacious apt in old town, with lovely sea, harbor views, close to everything
We spent a week in this lovely apartment in the old part of Menton. The apt itself is immaculate, spacious, with an enormous main living/dining room featuring spectacular frescoed ceilings, two bedrooms with lots of hanging and shelf storage, a very nice fully-equipped kitchen, shower room, and separate WC (like many French bathrooms, the toilet is unfortunately located apart from the shower room, separated from the living room only by a flimsy door.) Large windows with wooden shutters provide gorgeous views, and are double-paned glass which virtually eliminate all street noise below. The property is ideally located for exploring the old town, with its many restaurants and shops, as well as the morning food/flower market. A few minutes' walk away are also the casino promenade, beach, site of the Fete du Citron, etc., and in the other direction, the harbor, and a pleasant 30 minute walk to the Italian frontier.
Unfortunately, we had a couple of glitches with the internet access and TV, but the owner was responsive to our communication about these issues, and attempted to sort out these problems.
Overall, I highly recommend this unique property. It is a lovely space from which to enjoy all that Menton has to offer.
I am pleased to have had such wonderful and understanding guests. Concerning the bathroom door, I'll admit I never thought of it from that point of view. I will definitely give it thought.
From 4 well travelled seniors
Based on the description and pictures of the apartment,we had high expectations-and we were not disappointed.It is charming with unique decorations ad ambience coupled with a modern kitchen and bathroom.The view from the large and comfortable living room is in itself worth the price and even though it is in the old town(another aspect of its charm)it is easy to walk to.We look forward to our next stay.
It is always a pleasure sharing bits of local lore, hiking trails, unusual eateries and parking secrets with our guests.
Wonderful Apartment in Charming Seaside Menton
Our family of four had a wonderful vacation in this clean, spacious, beautifully decorated and well appointed apartment. The pictures don't capture the exceptional charm this apartment and the town of Menton have to offer! It certainly exceeded our expectations. We had every amenity we needed and found everything easy to find and easy to use. The location, in the heart of the "Vielle Ville," could not be better! We had magnificent views of the beach, which is just a short walk from the apartment. Grocery stores, restaurants and shops were all within an easy walk and it was fun to wander through the streets and explore all Menton has to offer. Our children were fascinated by the cemetary, which is well worth the walk, and the basilica was beautiful (we even saw a wedding!). As another reviewer commented, we found the locals very friendly. The train station is nearby and many cities along the French Riviera are easily accessible. We ventured to Monaco one day and watched the changing of the guard. Overall our time in Menton was absolutely fabulous and we can't imagine there would be a better place to stay than this apartment. We hope to stay here again!
Beautiful apartment in a beautiful town
I cannot think of enough superlatives to describe our week in this beautiful apartment. We felt like we were living in 4 rooms of a castle. The view is spectacular and the town of Menton, with it's sea and mountains, flowers and palm trees, is beyond imagination. The location of the apartment could not be better for exploring the historic part of the city. The Basilique St-Michel is just a block (and a lot of stairs) away. It is fascinating and so is the adjoining cemetery. There are many shops and places to eat in the nearby pedestrian square. We had a wonderful time and hope to return someday soon.
Wine Tastings, Antiqueing, Excellent Restaurants ..two with particularly splendid views, one of which is rated by the NY Times as 'Worth a trip to Europe'. Provencal specialities, Oils, Soaps, Honey, Lavender,Chocolate , Lemoncello, cooking herbs and sea salts, Ceramics, Table linens, Perfumes, Vintage posters and cards, August Chamber Music Festival, The 'ice man' museum, a yearly Lemon Festival, Arabian Pure Bred Competition, 'Salt Road Regatta', Cinema, Go karting, Contemporary dance competition, Chagall, Matisse, Cocteau, Picasso, Renoir, Leger, Le Corbusier, Monet Museums, Dizzing mountain climbing, 1,400 turtles park, wild wolf preserve nearby, Sightseeing by Boat, Sailing Lessons, Water sports, Clear lakes, Downhill and Cross Country Skiing, English Gardens, Cooking and Language Lessons, Petroglyphs, Pre-Historic Museum & Caves, Roman vestiges, A world renown National Park and the last WWI fort on the Maginot line.