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Villefranche – sur – Mer

Dreaming of France Meme Eiffel

Our first trip out of Nice was to Villefranche-sur-Mer. This was the trip that made me insist that the husband read the guidebook entry for any place we were going from then on. We missed a lot here because he kept insisting that there wasn’t anything there.

It is 6 km east of Nice and is a port that a lot of ships use. We were lucky to hit it on a day with no cruise ships. Every other time we went past there were at least two cruise ships in the harbor.

It looks like there is sand on the beach but it is actually rocks. Most of the Riviera beaches don’t have sand.

We climbed up a hill and found this nice square to sit in.

At several places around Nice there are installations of art that has been done featuring the place you are visiting.

The husband never mastered the name of this place. He insisted on calling it La Mer. I told him he couldn’t do that. He said that he could say that he had a great meal in La Mer. I told him that that meant that he had a great meal “in the sea” which was entirely untrue and that he was not the boss of the town and was not allowed to change its name. He tried and tried but never could say it.

We took the train there which only took a few minutes but because of strikes when we tried to go home we had to wait 1.5 hours at the station to get a train. There is supposed to be one every half hour. After this we used the buses a lot more. They were more reliable.

 

6 Comments

  • brooke

    We spent one day in Villefranche-sur-mer this summer on the beach and really enjoyed ourselves mainly because it was a perfect bay for our young daughter to swim in. Lovely little town, would definitely go again another time.

  • Paulita

    Heather, I love the photos and the stories about your travels. The story about your husband not reading the guidebook and not being able to pronounce the name of the village are so typical! Thanks for sharing this great village, and thanks for playing along today with Dreaming of France.

  • Louise

    It looks such a beautiful spot, no matter how you say it. Gorgeous photos. I must make it to the south of France one day. I have such a hard time dragging myself away from Paris though.

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