Standing at the hilltop of the medieval village of Èze, gazing at the lavish French Riviera is beautiful on its own, but it cannot compare with knowing what it is you are looking at. The hilltop rises within the cacti and succulents of the Botanical Garden of Èze, in which you may spot a few clay sculptures. But did you know there are 14 of them, each displaying an earth goddess with a dedicated poem and her own “personality” almost?
This time during our visit to the French Riviera, we engaged a superb tourist guide Boba (www.yourguideboba.com) to help us appreciate why this place (once poor and destitute) has become the cradle of Modern Art and a prosperous culture. Our visit was highly personalized. Boba weaved together stories about medieval times, showed us museums (Picasso, Matisse), churches, markets, places of Nice, Monaco, St. Paul and Èze, and pointed us to charming little restaurants serving delicious food and wine.
Next time we visit Provence and Paris, we will most definitely have Boba with us!
She is recommended in the 2013 edition of Rick Steves' guidebook French Riviera & Provence. Why you will like Boba? She is fluent in several languages, engaging, flexible, and very friendly. Her classical knowledge will expand your horizons, but, it is her uncanny familiarity with every little corner of the region that will help you discover hidden treasures of this European beauty.