Category Archives: Tende

Breathtaking Tende…

 Previous:  The Flowers of Tende

After smelling the flowers of Tende, we started our little (re)-exploration of this medieval  mountain town  which used to belong to Italy but joined France in 1947 as part of war reparations.  Hence, it is still very Italianesque…

stencil.JPG

Some signages are still in Italian and if you go to their shops or the one and only pharmacy, you will hear Italian spoken for everyone seems to be bilingual.  Not surprising since Italy is just half an hour away!

I love stencils!  A lot of the buildings, like the Hotel de Ville,  are decorated with colourful stencils.

viaduct.JPG

The railway viaduct and mountains in the background -aren’t they perfect for a film shoot?

lintel.JPG

Above the doors of houses are lintels dating between the fifteenth and sixteenth century. They are usually decorated with religious symbols as legend says, it is a form of protection from  devilish incursions…..

shrine.JPG

Not only lintels but shrines, too!

ten3d.JPG

Walk on single file only!

eglise2a.JPG

The Collegiate church of Notre Dame de l’Assomption is a Historic Monument.  Rebuilt after being destroyed by fire in 1446, it is only between the 17th and 18th century that it received a baroque setting. The statues of the twelve Apostles around Christ above the door are made of green slate stones derived from the mountains of the Roya .

eglise3.JPG

The imposing clock tower and tiled dome of the Collegiate church

eglise.JPG

The Baroque style altar with several paintings of the  “Our-Lady-of-the Assomption”, testifying to the splendour of Tende during the last centuries.

baguette.JPG

We stopped by a boulangerie to buy baguettes….

ten2gg.JPG

and some patisserie for our picnic later…

cheese.JPG

And before leaving, we tried to buy our one year supply of cheese but we couldn’t even lift it so we just settled for a photo souvenir!

The Flowers of Tende

Stop of the day for the honeymooners is the charming Italianesque medieval mountain town of Tende.  But first, let’s stop and smell the flowers….

Again, no caption needed as it is enough to look at them and let your imagination do the talking….

ten4.JPG

Yellow rose

ten3o.JPG

Geranium and ivy…

ten3m.JPG

hortensia

ten3l.JPG

lavander field

ten3i.JPG

More geraniums

ten2e.JPG

tom.JPG

tomatoes!

fleur1.JPG

And of course, the honeymooners amongst the flowers!