the far corner of the French Riviera, just past Monaco and at the Italian
border sits the quaint and colorful town of Menton.|
|Menton is known affectionately as the ‘Pearl of France’, and unlike other parts of the French Riviera, you won’t find all the flashy nightclubs and designer shopping here. What you will find in Menton is another type of luxury…peace.|
|Situated exactly halfway between Paris and Rome, the town of Menton runs at its own pace, and frankly that can be rare and satisfying thing to experience these days.|
Having evolved over centuries, at one time the Menton area was part of Monaco until in 1848 when it seceded from the principality along with its neighbor Roquebrune.
|The people of Menton are who I think bring this town’s special appeal. I’ve always found them to be content and happy with their lives, calm and very friendly. Just step into most any shop and you will always be greeted with a smile.|
|And in between all those closely knit buildings are the winding, cobbled pedestrian paths, on my first visit I thought for sure I would get lost but I didn’t and it felt like a bit of an adventure.|
|Another area not to miss, and although it sounds morbid, is this very intriguing and beautiful cemetery on rue du Vieux Chateau at the very top of Old Town Menton, close to the baroque basilica of Saint-Michel-Archange.|
|The cemetery is teaming with history and gives some of the most expansive 360 degree views towards Italy, the mountainside, and over Menton itself. You won’t believe how much time you can spend up there just taking in all the picturesque scenery.|
For those up for a brisk walk, make your way from the Italian border at the foot of Menton, keeping along the sea at the promenade towards Cap Martin where you can then walk the trail around the peninsula and into Monte-Carlo. The first time I did it I was surprised at how little time it took and it was a pleasant way to spend part of a sunny afternoon.
What’s nice about Menton is it doesn’t have to be pre-planned. Just go. Everything one would possibly need is available in this pleasant and tranquil town.