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Walking Nietzsche’s Trail

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Today we had an early start and drove just over an hour to Eze. This is a perched hill top village just outside of Monaco which stands some 450 metres above sea level. There is a trail which runs from the train station by the sea up to the hill top village called Nietzsche’s Trail. It is named after the famous philosopher who walked the trail regularly during a short stay he had at Eze. It was on these walks that he wrote much of his Also Sprach Zarathrusta work.

Our mission was to walk the trail from the beach up to the hill top village. To this end we drove to the village and parked at the top. We intended to get a taxi to run us to the bottom but none we available so we picked on a guy who was hanging around at the top and got him to run us down. The thing that struck both of us on the drive down was that it seemed a heck of a way up!

The first part of the walk was on Tarmac and lulled us into a false sense of security. However it quickly turned to stony steps!

At times I found it hard work but I saw it as a personal challenge. At times over the last 18 months I have hardly been able to walk due to side effects from the chemotherapy I have had and this has made me very unfit. Currently walking isn’t an issue but the fitness is. Anyway we marched on and enjoyed some fantastic scenery.

Gradually the top loomed closer and we were able to see the village perched above  us. This gave me renewed energy.


 Finally we made it. However, the clouds had dropped down and it was cooler so we sought sanctuary in an Italian restaurant in Eze and shared a pizza and a bolognaisse.

After lunch we walked back to the car which was parked just in front of the Galimard perfume shop. We popped in and I treated myself to Mezzanotte aftershave. I deserved a treat I thought.



Author: ibeastie

Interested in Photography, Watches, Style and Cars

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