Photo Diary: La Turbie, France // Roman Roots on the French Riviera
Less than a mile from Monaco, perched on the hillside, is a tiny village called La Turbie. It’s not on the tourist route. If you happened to stop there, you likely on your way to Trophee d’Auguste, a fantastic overlook peering down on the glam of Monaco. Our stop was more or less accidental but ended up entailing a peaceful, dreamy stroll through the village. Unlike some of the other communities we visited in the Cote d’Azur, La Turbie appears totally unspoiled from the surge of tourism to the region. A true peek into the region’s historic past and Roman roots. The walk could have been completed in 15 minutes but sighting the warm cobbled alleys and absolute tranquility of the village, I spent almost an hour talking pictures.
In complete juxtaposition to the unobtrusive village of La Turbie, that evening the girls and I visited the famous Monte Carlo casino in Monaco. Within moments of arrival my 40 euro self-given budget evaporated on the roulette table. Outside exotic cars rolled by and we did our best to channel ourselves as posh travelers who spent our day sunbathing on a mega yacht, not enjoying the peace of a nearby village. 😉
Have you ever had a similar pendulum swing of experiences in a destination? A lavish dinner before turning in at your hostel? Dining at the local dive then sitting front-row on Broadway? I’d love to hear about it![content_upgrade cu_id=”12188″][content_upgrade_button]Click Here[/content_upgrade_button][/content_upgrade]