Monday, July 21, 2008

Series: This is Where I Want to Be, Eze

Eze, France. One of the many charming and enchanting villages that dot the Cote d’Azur.

One of the oldest fortresses on the Mediterranean, the town of Eze and its’ inhabitants go back to the Neolithic era, towards 2000 BC on the Mount Bastide built high on the top of a rocky cliff overlooking the sea. It's small and rife with saccharin charm and expensive hotels and restaurants, but the view is breathtaking.

Along with it's unique history, it also boasts the history of luring artists and painters alike, who in search for optimal light and a break from the rapid and robust early 20th century Parisian pace; Picasso, Matisse, Dora Marr, Francoise Gilot, Man Ray, Stieglitz, Lee Miller and many more were often seen romping around the narrow alley ways and lounging on the beaches sipping pastis.
Ideally situated, you are located between Cannes and Monte Carlo (near enough to the yacht and helicopter in case you need to jet off in a hurry) You are also within driving distance to the town of Grass, where one can have a custom fragrance made to order at one of the many exclusive and renowned perfumeries in the region.

You can also visit some of the smaller and charming villages in the Luberon (a la Peter Mayle) and you Burgundy lovers can take in more than your fair share of wine tasting in the AOC of the Southern Rhône region of Chateauneuf du Pape that is currently enjoying a bit of popularity in the U.S. (it takes the Americans a bit longer to catch on.)

All in all, it's an ideal vacation spot; sun, water, leisure, antiquity and history, fine dining and wine tasting, unique gifts, (Eve's picks: custom made fragrances or an excellent bottle of
2001 or 2003 Chateauneuf du Pape) and a sensory escapade for all of your 5 senses. --Eve

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