Rather her than me! This was taken two days ago on Larvotto beach. A beautiful day but gosh, that sea must be cold ...
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Today we are leaving Peille. I have more photos of this enchanting village, but they can wait for another day. It's time to get back to Monte Carlo.
Don't you love the hole cut into the rock to make the road? You see this often in the south of France and Italy - sometimes wide enough for two-way traffic, sometimes not ...
20 November 2013
I wonder how many sheets, how many pair of workman's trousers have been washed on this sloping slab of stone over the centuries?
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The chef at Restaurant Cauvin in Peille doesn't have far to go to collect his bread. The baker's shop is the opposite side of the square to his restaurant.
This restaurant is also known as Chez Nana Cauvin. Nana was a friend of Léo Ferré, a Monegasque poet, composer and a dynamic live performer whose career in France dominated the years after the Second World War until his death. He wrote a song to Nana Cauvin.
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An early morning stop for two cyclists outside Au Petit Cabanon in Place Carnot in Peille. That's the adorable patron, Gaby, serving coffee. Isn't this square heaven!
A short history of the village: It's thought the area was once home to a little-known Ligurian tribe the Oratelli of Peille.
The village dates back to the 11th century and is of Celto-Ligurian origin. In 1388 Peille passed to the Savoy, and later became the responsibility of the Sardis states in 1720, returning to French rule in 1792. From 1814 to 1860, it was part of kingdom of Piedmont and Sardinia and finally became French in 1860.
09 November 2013
You'll find a 'Circuit of Postcards in the village - 14 in all - each featuring a reproduction of an old photograph alongside each ancient monument or place of interest - see the smaller photo. This was taken around 1910.
Tomorrow, we'll learn some of the history of this beautiful village.
08 November 2013
We'll walk its ancient streets on stones weathered by time, wind our way through vaulted passageways, have a coffee in a magical square and doubtless fall in love with this beautiful village.
The sign, as you enter the village, says 'Peille, the most curious village in the Alpes-Martimes.'
More tomorrow ...
07 November 2013
The casino gardens, lunch on a bench and a chat with friends before going back to work. Not a bad way to spend your lunch break.
The dark green area in the background is part of the enormous fence that blocks off the centre of the gardens whilst construction goes on for the new shopping centre. Oh dear ...