Yesterday we took a walk that we have wanted to take for a long time but had never found out how to get started. First, I should provide some orientation. Below is a map showing the edge of Cap de Nice on the west side, the rade (harbor) of Villefranche, Cap Ferrat and then the bay of Beaulieu on the east side. You can see that Cap Ferrat is a rather substantial peninsula sticking out into the Mediterranean Sea. The little finger of land jutting out from Cap Ferrat to the east is called the finger of Cap Ferrat. We think it looks more like, and should be called the, thumb of Cap Ferrat. We walked around the finger, only about a two mile walk but incredibly beautiful.
The photo below certainly makes all of Cap Ferrat look more beautiful but even it does not capture its true beauty.
The entire cap is covered with huge (and I mean huge) villas owned by very rich, but not always famous people. Today the real estate signs are in French, English and Russian. We suspect that there is a fair amount of money laundering/tax evasion going on. You can read about one offering for just $69 million here. Despite the power of money, there are walking paths throughout the cap and one that goes all the way around it so in effect none of the villas have direct access to the sea, except for one, the villa that used to belong to David Niven. You do not have to worry about these poor homeowners trying to take a swim in the sea. Virtually every villa has its own swimming pool. In addition, many of the ones that but for the walking path would be right on the sea have a tunnel under the walking path that leads directly to the sea with no need to be near the ordinary people.
The walking path around the finger is a very easy path that is for the most part quite flat and well maintained even though there are times when the terrain is rather uneven. Here I am on a part of the path farthest out into the sea. In the background you can see the main part of Cap Ferrat.
The views all around are incredible. In this picture you see a little spit of land which is just part of one of the villas with the main cap in the background and flowers (remember this is January) in the foreground.
I really love outdoor flowers in January, something we don't have in Minnesota.
While the picture below was not taken from the walking path, it was taken from the finger of the cap. For those of you unfamiliar with the coast line of the Mediterranean, the picture centers on the town of Eze. It is a beautiful medieval town perched on a cliff. You can read a quick summary here. In addition to loving the town, I have always been fascinated with the bridge to get there. You can see it quite well in the photo. It is scary to take the bridge so high up even by car. I am really amazed at some of our friends here who walk from Eze-sur-mer (Eze on the sea) up to Eze. Not only must they walk up a virtually straight up hill, but they must cross the bridge on foot - cars on one side and a fall to certain death on the other. The town itself is just to the right of the bridge.
At the end of the walk we came to this drinking fountain which provides a message we all would do well to remember and live.
Thanks for reading and please comment,
The Unabashed Liberal