Cote d Azur; a sunday walk

Copyright Millie Brown

Copyright Millie Brown

Copyright Millie Brown

Copyright Millie Brown

It's no secret that one of my favorite parts of the Cote d Azur are the small paths that curve their way all along the coast.  Today being sunday and bathed in gorgeous sunlight with the temperature rising above 20 for one of the first days in months it was the perfect moment to pick a path and head out.

Roquebrune Cap Martin to Monte Carlo / and or Carnoles & Menton

To do this particular walk, head to Roquebrune Cap Martin (about 28 mins from Nice by train and a bit longer by bus), heading out of the station turn right, walk up the road until you see a small path, this will take you all the way to Monte Carlo in about 30 minutes passing by the beach (above) Plage du Golfe Bleu.

If on the other hand you head straight ahead from the train station and make your way downwards you will come to the beach, Plage du Buse, one of my favorite beaches on the coast. Head east from here along the coastal path and you will arrive in Carnoles which sits only minutes from the town of Menton. (The walk from Roquebrune Cap Martin to Carnoles is around 40 minutes). Not far along the path heading to Carnoles and overlooking Plage du Buse you will pass the small cabin 'Le Cabanon' of Swiss architect Le Corbusier, as well as the house of  Eileen Gray known as E 1027.

Note; Plage du Buse was the beach where Le Corbusier went for a swim one day in 1965, suffered a heart attack and died.

Notes on Corbusier

Le Corbusier

As well as being a world renown Architect, Corbusier was also a painter and worked under the  name of Charles-Edouard Jeanneret, he was also known as a writer, planner and photographer.

Current exhibition 'Le Corbusier: An Atlas of modern landscapes at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. Through to September 23rd, 2013.

The exhibition joins a variety of landscapes in watercolors, along with sketches, photographs, architectural models and paintings. The exhibition moves onto Barcelona and Madrid in 2014.

 

PRACTICAL INFORMATION

A map of the French Riviera

Trains run along the coast to all towns regularly, visit the Voyages sncf site for timetables.

Buses also run regularly, visit the Lignes d Azur for the timetables.