A Day of Discovery

On Saturday, probably the last sunny day in Nice —  a petit exaggeration as the sun is shining this morning — D and I set off on a discovery tour.  For our recent trip to Switzerland we had rented a car and had decided to keep it a few extra days for the sole purpose of going for a drive.  After a late lunch we packed up our cameras and took a quick glance at our map.

D randomly chose our destination: le col de Braus.  We had anticipated an interesting drive.  It was that but it also wasn’t.  Once outside the greater Nice area the drive was a little lacking in excitement.  The scenery was uninspiring and a few times I actually ‘ho-hummed’ to D’s statements.  The vegetation was brown and dry and not lush at all.  D was agog and I’m still not sure why.  Things did pick up as we climbed.  The roads became narrower and the climbing hairpin turns (les lacets, like shoelaces) became more frequent.  We passed a cyclist who was doing his best to battle the wind and the hills.

Before the top of the col we stopped and took a few pictures of the road behind us.  It was quite impressive.  The view from our vantage point at the col was less impressive.   There was a walking path leading further to the top of the col but, as neither of us wore shoes worthy of tackling the terrain, we opted out.  Instead of hanging out at the petit restaurant nearby we headed down the other side of the mountain and had a late lunch in the commune of Sospel.

After our quick lunch we decided to walk away some of the calories.  We stumbled into the village square and found ourselves in Place St Michel.  This was a huge surprise as the old part of the village is almost blocked off from the rest of the town.  The square was quiet and most of the stores were closed.  The treat, for me, was the old cathedral with its ancient clock tower. With the sun behind the cathedral, it seemed as though the cathedral had its own halo.  We lingered for a few minutes more before heading back to our car for the drive home.

We decided to take the scenic route home and headed southward to Menton.  From Menton we headed west, following the setting sun back to Nice.  I can’t think of a better way to end the summer.  Can you?

Sospel Office de Tourisme Municipal
19 Avenue Jean Medecin 06380 SOSPEL
Tel: +33 (0)4 93 04 15 80
Fax: +33 (0)4 93 04 19 96
sospel-tourisme@wanadoo.fr
GPS: Lat 43° 53′ 31.04″ – Long  7° 26′ 49″

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Categories: getting out, Nice, Sospel

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2 Comments on “A Day of Discovery”

  1. October 20, 2011 at 2:35 PM #

    Gorgeous pics, thanks for sharing Tanya. PACA is so good for day trips, so much to see where ever you go. Agree with you on the weather – looks like our extended summer is finally over, sniff, sniff.

    • October 20, 2011 at 10:43 PM #

      It is. As we don’t have a car (yet) we take advantage when we rent one or have D’s parents’ car.

      And yes, summer 2011 is gone…but I can’t wait for 2012! 🙂

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