How are you enjoying the summer? I am going to share with you today my experience in one of the most interesting hotels on the French Riviera, the Chevre d’Or, in the village of Eze. A little corner of total peace just a few kilometers from where the Cote D’Azur boils. It is strategically positioned on a cliff between Monaco and Villefranche-sur-Mer. It has the most incredible view in the region, in addition to many stories and legends.
Eze has less than 3,000 inhabitants and exudes charm in its stone slopes strategically positioned 429 meters above sea level. From the alleys, the colorful bougainviles, the medieval climate, and the smell of jasmine makes the experience unforgettable. However, it was not always so, Eze lived difficult days in the past. It was occupied by pirates in the Middle Ages and belonged to the Counts of Savoy and then, Louis XIV ordered his troops to invade the fortified village, which was almost destroyed. Such a winding path.
In the midst of it all there is a legend. They say that there lived a lady who overcame a flock of goats. By day, she took the goats to graze on the foot of the mountain and at night she returned home where she milked the cows and made cheese. Always alone. The sale of these products would give her gold coins, which she concealed carefully between the stones of the old house. For years, she kept her treasure. One winter evening she went away and left everything hidden. Some time later, a man who guided by a goat with golden fur, discovered the small abandoned house and decided to purchase it. Once settled, he found and was amazed with the secret that the lady had hidden. Thanks to that, he was able to accomplish his dream of making a beautiful house which became known as the most beautiful part of the region. In 1953, The châteu de La Chevre d’Or was purchased along with other little houses of the village to be turned into a hotel. With the visit of Walt Disney, the place gained international fame and went on to attract many stars as Lauren Bacall, Marlene Dietrich, Elizabeth Taylor, Roger Moore, Klint Eastwood, and Robert De Niro.
Thus, the Chevre d’Or turned into one of the seven stages on the route to happiness, La Route du Bonheure, a concept which gave rise to the chain of the Relais & Chateau hotels. Today, the hotel has 38 rooms and luxury suites distributed through the medieval village, in addition to a wonderful restaurant with two Michelin stars.
Guess who I saw at the restaurant?! Jennifer Lopez.
I lived amazing days in Eze which has an idyllic atmosphere, spectacular gardens, beautiful portraits, an unforgettable restaurant and a delicious breakfast.
Jot down this tip for when you decide to visit the South of France.
I wish you all a beautiful and amazing week!