A mansion that was once the home of Belgium’s King Leopold II is reportedly on sale in southern France for a cool €1 billion.
Yesterday I made a roadtrip through the pre-Alpes hinterland. Turned out to be quite a lenghty trip, passing through Pont-du-Loup, Greolieres, Thorenc and then east to Aiglun.
Aiglun is a tiny village, tucked away in the pre-Alpes hills, and has some beautiful canyoning opportunities, in the Esteron river. Unfortunately during this trip I was not able to take pictures of the best canyoning (and swimming) spots, as I got there too late in the day.
The road towards Aiglun is stunning; also very winding and in many places too narrow for two cars to pass each other. But that is never a problem, there’s always a point with a little bit more space and locals are very friendly.
As part of a family celebration, we (my children and I) went to see one of the Îles de Lérins, the smaller of two, called Saint Honorat.
The Îles de Lérins are two islands just off the coast of Cannes, and reachable by ferry, taking just about 15mins.
Saint Honorat is the smaller of the two, less busy and closer to its natural wild state. Key words are; crystal clear waters, rocky coastline, beautiful views on Cannes and the mountains beyond.. and of course the cigales.
There is no better place for a picnic, a swim and a gentle stroll through the native pine forest…
Saint Honorat is inhabited by monks, who have lived there since about the year 400.. they produce local wines from their vineyards.
Last night the wind picked up, and the Mistral started to blow. And when it does, it clears the sky and sweeps it clean, clean from dust, clean from humidity.. the result is a deep blue sky and fantastic visibility…
Which is why I decided to go and visit the tiny village of Sainte-Agnès, a village tucked away in the hills behind Menton, north-east of Nice.
The village itself is very picturesque; and above it, on top of a hill , are the ruins of an old castle. Walking up from the village, through a beautiful garden, one has splendid views on the Mediterranean Sea, and the towns of Menton to the left, and Roquebrune-Cap-Martin to the right.
Once the Mistral has been flowing for a bit longer, 2 -3 days, visibility will further improve and you may be able to spot the silhouettes of the mountains of Corsica at the horizon…
On top of the hill lie the ruins of an old castle; this is the highest point of the hill that Sainte-Agnès sits on, and you’ll be able to enjoy 360 degree views…
Recommended for a visit!