A little journey for you to the French Riviera, as I continue preparing more new Paris photos for posting later on. This is a little glimpse of the old town of Menton, a beautiful old fishing village right next to the French border with Italy. It was part of the Kingdom of Monaco until 1860 when the inhabitants chose to become part of France but it definitely has a very Italian feel to it. (See four other views posted below.)
Around 1860 a railroad was built along what was to become the famous French Mediterranean coastline known as the 'riviera'. The railroad made it much easier to get to the towns along the sea, given that there were no cars yet!! European aristocracy started coming down and building extravagant and beautiful mansions, but this little fishing village still exists as a testament to the everyday working people who made Menton in the first place and have left us a legacy of village life in its little hilltop houses crowded along steep stairways and very narrow passages. It's a wonderful little town.
Vintage postcards of Menton: www.oldstratforduponavon.com/menton
La Vielle Ville de Menton est pleine de jolies touches charmantes. Voir si-dessous quatre autres vues de ce joli village le long de la Mediterranee sur la Cote D'Azur. Tout pres de la frontiere avec l'Italie, Menton est perche' sur une colline avec une vue magnifique.