Happy first day of spring! Dreaming of warm days, tank tops, flip flops, and a cool glass of rosé after a hot day at the beach. Here are some pretty pictures with lots of pretty flowers, all taken a few years ago in the south of France. Ooh la la!
A short train ride from several villages on the Mediterranean coast, these two destinations are worth a visit.
Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild on St.-Jean-Cap-Ferrat was built in the early 1900s by the Baroness Béatrice de Rothschild (architect Aaron Messiah). When she died in 1934, she donated it to the Institut de France, and it is now open to the public.
Nine themed gardens surround the home.
Views of the surrounding areas, including Villefranche-sur-Mer, are stunning:
Villefranche-sur-Mer is a colorful village located near to the Villa (one or two train stops apart):
Some trivia: Many villages in france have names that begin with “Villefranche.” Translation: Free town. In the 13th and 14th centuries, the bourgeois settled in these areas and were freed from the feudal lords and also freed from many financial obligations to those lords. This allowed the bourgeois to use their resources to develop, among other things, the banking system in France.
Hope you enjoyed a little armchair traveling and perhaps are inspired to make some summer travel plans! I know I am!