On the morning of May 8, 1902, the eruption of the volcano surprised the ships at anchor in the harbor.For several months already, Mont Pelée, which overlooks the bay of Saint-Pierre, was showing its ill-humor.Arriving in Villefranche sur Mer makes you feel as though you have discovered a hidden gem.The fact that it sits between Monaco and Nice is a good reminder that others have been before you but the fact remains that this place has a special feel.Visit the rose coloured Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild with its beautiful 9 gardens and impressive collections of paintings, sculpture, ceramics and antiques.The medieval village of Eze, perched on the hilltop overlooking the Mediterranean sea is a world renowned site and often referred to as an open air museum.
St Jean Cap Ferrat is the epitome of French Riviera chic.
This stunning promontory offers picturesque and sheltered coves and beaches perfect for snorkelling and swimming.
Take a hike around the beautiful walkway that follows the coastline which will take you past the glamorous Grand Hotel du Cap Ferrat.
If you are looking for somewhere off the beaten track yet with its own particular beauty - rolling wooded landscapes interspersed with streams and rivers and numerous lakes - and the Haute-Vienne department could be just the destination for you The principal industry is porcelain, most of which is manufactured in the famous medieval porcelain town of Limoges which has produced fine enamel work and porcelain since the 12th century.
The department has a number of natural and man-made lakes, such as the Lac de Vassivière and the Lac de St Mathieu, many of which come complete with beaches, fishing, boating and watersports.