Over time, a garden with exotic plants (Jardin botanique d'Èze), known for its collection of weird cacti and succulents, has also appeared there. In the garden, you can also see the collection of sculptures «Déesses de la Terre» ("Goddesses of the Earth") by modern French master Jean-Philippe Richard; these are Justine, Marina, Margot, Barbara and Mélisande. A total of 15 girls’ statues, modeled, on the definition of the author of « Poussière d'étoiles » ("Star Dust") (a mixture of bronze, earth and crystals) and scattered around the garden. Fragile and sensual, the «Goddesses of the Earth» by Richard are an extension of the local tradition of veneration of womanhood and motherhood, which the Divine Isis had incarnated. Stunning views of the azure expanse of the Mediterranean open from the garden paths, and on the Cape Cap-Ferrat and the green and rocky hills of the Alps. In good weather, the view encompasses the French Riviera (Côte d'Azur) for many kilometers, almost reaching the island of Corsica. The Devil's Bridge is also well visible from the garden.
The Exotic Garden is a very picturesque place, poetic, and yet «photogenic». We have the desire to photograph, draw, and remember every detail, in order to enjoy the pleasant memories of what we saw.
Old houses with tiled roofs, plaited with ivy and bougainvillea evergreen leaves, very much like the fabulous paintings. The magical narrow streets of the Old City, writhing, rising rapidly, and then come down. It seems that we may be inadvertently lost in this small labyrinth.
Although the town of Èze is small, it has everything you need, which makes it interesting and comfortable for visitors. These are cozy restaurants and cafes in the medieval buildings and picturesque boutiques as well as souvenir and art craft shops, small art galleries, fountains and an ancient clock – the silent witnesses of the secular events.
Throughout its long history, and many times, the town of Èze passed, with the other cities and towns of Provence, from one hand to another. First, there were tribes of Ligurians and the Celts and then the Romans, thereafter, the various warring nomadic tribes, especially the Moors. The town was also owned by the Princes of Provence, the Princes of Savoy, the Genoese and the Turks. The ruler of Monaco, Prince Grimaldi, also fought for the town. And only in 1860, following the plebiscite, held as part of the Risorgimento (Italian process of unification of land in a state), the residents finally tied their future with France.
Several ancient religious buildings still exist and operate in the town of Èze, such as the Chapelle Sainte-Croix, ancienne chapelle des Pénitents Blancs (Holy Cross Chapel, the former White Penitents chapel) dated from 1306) and the Église Notre-Dame-de-l'Assomption d'Èze (Church of Our Lady of the Assumption of Èze) (eighteenth century). You can also see a ruined castle of the twelfth century.
The town has its own Château (Castle), built in 1920 as the residence of the King of Sweden. Now this is a five star hotel Château d’Èze, in the apartments of which not only members of the royal family, but all those who wish, can relax. However, all this is for those who can afford such an expensive pleasure financially. The eponymous restaurant of the hotel, which was marked by a Michelin star for fine Mediterranean cuisine, is of particular note. Among the hits of the restaurant, there is the pate of duck foie gras, spiced with artichokes. The restaurant is also famous for the romantic atmosphere and magnificent views of its halls and terraces overlooking the sea, the terraces at several levels of the park with sculptures and lush Mediterranean vegetation.
Like Grasse, Èze is one of the historic centers of perfume of Provence. It is not surprising that the capacities of the two «flavors factories» of world famous - Fragonard and Gallimard - are located there. In the museums of the factories, you can learn the history of the art of perfumery and buy your favorite flavors and products with them. Furthermore, the scent of jasmine was recognized as the Gallimard aroma of 2015.
Èze has attracted extraordinary people for several centuries. Friedrich Nietzsche, the German philosopher, who had lived here in the first half of the eighteenth century, was delighted with the town. So far, you can walk the pathway with a stone staircase that connects the village d'Èze with the coastal part of the town, by which Nietzsche once was walking. The route gave a fascinating view to the philosopher, and to see it is a special luxury nowadays. Walt Disney, the famous cartoonist, which was inspired for drawing enchanting castles and storybook characters for the creation of his cartoons by this amazing town, has also loved the town of Èze. A French novelist George Sand was also struck by the charm of the town of Èze, and she arrived there, while visiting the surrounding area of Nice.
Visiting of Èze
is like a dessert to good Provencal tables – delicious, beautiful and you want it more...