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Day 4: Beaulieu-sur-Mer

It was another bright sunny day when we woke up in Menton this morning. We packed up our things, had a quick breakfast of coffee and pastries in our hotel, then just had time for a final glimpse of the view before we set off to the nearest train station of Menton Garavan.

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Our plan for today was to catch the train to a town called Beaulieu-sur-Mer. Beaulieu is situated on the coast, most of the way back to Nice, so we had a journey of around 30 minutes on the train to get there.  We arrived just after 10am and walked through the town in the direction of the sea.

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The beach here looked a little bit less stony than the beaches around Nice, although still not great.

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The reason I chose Beaulieu as today's destination is that it is the nearest train station to the peninsula, Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat. We could see the peninsula sticking out into the sea.

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The Nice/Monaco guidebook which we had recommended the peninsula as a scenic place to walk around.

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We certainly couldn't complain about the quality of the views as we left Beaulieu behind. It's a really spectacular coastline here.

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And the sea was a gorgeous shade of blue today.

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We followed an easy promenade path in the direction of the peninsula.

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It took us past various little beaches and I was very impressed by these large cactuses!

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We reached the centre of the peninsula's small town, which was very picturesque.

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There were some incredible views of the sea here :)

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We climbed down to a small beach.

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Again, there were quite a lot of pebbles!

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From here the coastal path was a bit narrower, just a small strip alongside the sea.

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There were some more fantastic shades of blue...

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...but also some concentration on the path required at times :D 

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These cactuses were my absolute favourites!

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The path ultimately leads around the entire peninsula. 

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We didn't have time to do it all today, but the bit we did do was really gorgeous.

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We were following a path around the edge of a small bit of the peninsula, kind of like a sub-peninsula, which sticks out into the sea on the eastern side of the main peninsula, ultimately allowing us to loop round in a circle back towards our starting point.

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We'd been walking in the sunshine for a couple of hours at this point, so were glad to get back to the town and the opportunity to find some refreshments.

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We found a restaurant with a beautiful location where we could sit outside and enjoy the views :)

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Once we'd eaten, it was time to start the walk back towards Beaulieu and catch the train onwards to Nice.

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We made it to Nice in good time and caught a tram to the airport which, happily, has Wi-Fi so it's been possible to update the blog before we fly home. We've had a lovely day walking by the coast today and a really lovely trip away overall. I'm glad we finally succeeded in having this holiday, even if it has taken place a few years later than originally expected :) 

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