Menton

Looking from the harbor towards the old town

Looking from the harbor towards the old town

Menton is the southeastern-most French town on the Mediterranean; indeed, the border crossing into Italy is within the town limits. Menton is famous for its very mild micro-climate (it's always supposed to be a couple of degrees warmer there than in Nice, Antibes, and Cannes), its lemon, tangerine, and orange groves (a lemon festival takes place every year in February), the fact that William Butler Yeats died there in January of 1939, and for the vibrant colors of its buildings. For any of these reasons, or possibly for all of them, Menton has been nicknamed The Pearl of France.

Driving to Menton from where we live is not very convenient: The highway is all the way up on the mountain and driving down and back up takes a long time. By the same token, following the shore, scenic though it may be, is very time-consuming as well because of traffic. For this reason, we had not visited Menton in years, preferring Sanremo or Bordighera across the Italian border when taking a day trip east. Now that we have SNCF half-price passes (an old fogey's privilege) we tend to travel by train when possible, and this turns out to be very practical, indeed. On Easter Monday 2015, April 6, we walked to the station in Cannes, were transported to Menton comfortably, and alighted in the center of town about an hour later. The photos on this page were all taken on that day.

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The view from the station Dog walker on the 'Avenue Edouard VII'

The view from the station

Dog walker on the Avenue Edouard VII


One of the things Menton is famous for Villas in the hills

One of the things Menton is famous for

Villas in the hills


On the 'Avenue Thiers' The 'Avenue de Verdun'

On the Avenue Thiers

The Avenue de Verdun


Façade on the 'Avenue de Verdun' The stately 'Palais de l'Europe'

Façade on the Avenue de Verdun

The stately Palais de l'Europe


On the 'Promenade du Soleil' On the 'Promenade du Soleil'

On the Promenade du Soleil

On the Promenade du Soleil


Seaside café On the 'Avenue Felix Faure'

Seaside café

On the Avenue Felix Faure


The 'Rue d'Adhémar de Lantagnac' leads to the sea On the 'Avenue Felix Faure'

The Rue d'Adhémar de Lantagnac leads to the sea

On the Avenue Felix Faure


Shopping on the 'Rue Saint-Michel' On the 'Rue Saint-Michel'

Shopping on the Rue Saint-Michel

On the Rue Saint-Michel


On the 'Rue Saint-Michel' On the 'Rue Saint-Michel'

On the Rue Saint-Michel

On the Rue Saint-Michel


Outdoor eateries on the 'Place aux herbes' The partially covered 'Rue des Marins'

Outdoor eateries on the Place aux herbes

The partially covered Rue des Marins


'Place du Cap' The terrace of the 'Café du Vieux Port'

Place du Cap

The terrace of the Café du Vieux Port


One of Menton's harbors On the 'Place du Cap'

One of Menton's harbors

On the Place du Cap


By the 'Quai Bonaparte' Seaside promenade

By the Quai Bonaparte

Seaside promenade


'Rampe Chanoine Ortnams' 'Basilique Saint-Michel'

Rampe Chanoine Ortnams

Basilique Saint-Michel


View from the 'Promenade de la Mer' Along the 'Porte de France'

View from the Promenade de la Mer

Along the Porte de France


'Chapelle Saint-Jacques de Menton' 'Chapelle Saint-Jacques de Menton'

Chapelle Saint-Jacques de Menton

Chapelle Saint-Jacques de Menton


By the botanical garden Harbor view

By the botanical garden

Harbor view


By the water People enjoying the spring weather

By the water

People enjoying the spring weather


Along the seaside promenade Along the seaside promenade

Along the seaside promenade

Along the seaside promenade


Time for lunch! On the 'Place du Cap'

Time for lunch!

On the Place du Cap


Archway Old town street

Archway

Old town street


'Basilique Saint-Michel' View from the 'Basilique Saint-Michel'

Basilique Saint-Michel

View from the Basilique Saint-Michel


The 'Cimetière du Vieux Château' The 'Cimetière du Vieux Château'

The Cimetière du Vieux Château

The Cimetière du Vieux Château


The 'Rue de la Conception' Tree at the 'Place Saint-Roch'

The Rue de la Conception

Tree at the Place Saint-Roch


The photos on this page were taken on April 6, 2015.
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