Our cruise ship docked along the Côte d’Azur, or known in English as the French Riviera, and took a ferryboat ride to set foot on Villefranche-sur-Mer. All I’ve heard about the French Riviera was that it was where all the rich and fancy go “to summer” (by ‘all’, I mean Jay Z and Beyonce). I didn’t know what to expect, whether it would be a place filled with snobby rich people, or a charming little French town. It was the latter.
Initially, we weren’t planning on spending too much time in Villefranche because our itinerary consisted of day trips to Eze and Monaco, but we were able to squeeze in some time after those trips and before heading back to the ship at 6pm.
Despite the town dating all the way back to 1295, Villefranche hasn’t lost it’s charm. What stood out most was the bright colours all around…it was such a picturesque little town. The sun was shining, tourists were enjoying a cup of coffee by the riviera, and locals were selling souvenirs by the dock. I spent the little time I had there walking around and photographing each building/house/structure (?) we passed…I couldn’t help it.
One afternoon here wasn’t enough. I would definitely love to come back and spend my days aimlessly wandering each hidden street and corner.