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There are three roads called the Corniches between Nice and Monaco. Napoleon built the Grande Corniche on the old Roman route Via Julia Augusta and is 1,600ft above sea level. It was on this route that Hitchcock filmed Grace Kelly driving her roadster in “To Catch a Thief”. The Moyenne Corniche was built in the first quarter of the 20th century when tourism was causing a problem on the coastal road or Corniche Inferieure.

From Nice finding the start of the Grande Corniche was a little testing but we found it in the end and were rewarded with some great views. However the road just after Col d’Eze was closed so we made our way down to the village of Eze on the Moyenne Corniche. This was a little gem. This old medieval village now prettified winds round a conical rock. It had cobbled passages and stairways and at the summit the lovely Jardin Exotique which we thoroughly enjoyed exploring.

Just passed Eze we were able to rejoin the Grande Corniche and were soon at the village of La Turbie which has as its dominating feature the Trophee des Alpes. This huge monument was raised in 6BC to celebrate the conquest of the Gauls by the armies of Julia Augusta. We stopped to explore the monument and also got great views down onto Monaco before returning to base via the Moyenne Corniche.

On reflection in its time the Corniches would have been spectacular but with the extent of development they have lost a bit of their charm, but it was a good day out.



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