Exactly a year ago, we were in the middle of an 11-day road trip around the South of France. It was an absolutely massive undertaking to plan, inspired by cheap flights from Madrid to Toulouse and Lonely Planet's France's Best Trips book. I pieced together many of the different road trip itineraries in the book and added in some additional stops based on blogs and sites I'd read online. The final plan was very ambitious and had us covering quite a bit of southern France, but the end result was...fabulous (if I do say so myself). Now, when I think about going anywhere in Europe on vacation, a few places come to mind, and the South of France is without a doubt at the top of that list.
Menton was our second stop of the day on our (self-guided) train tour from Nice to Ventimiglia, Italy and back again and it's also the last stop for cars and trains before they cross the border from France to Italy. When reading about Menton online, I noticed that some big statements were made about it - "the pearl of France" is apparently its nickname and it's also home to the fourth best restaurant in the world (see proof here). Menton supposedly gives a glimpse into what life was like on the French Riviera before developers moved into places like Nice and Monte Carlo, both of which are much larger and a far cry from what we found while in Menton.