Beaulieu and the Greek Villa Kerylos

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Nice little station.

Opposite the station you will find the Palais Anglais.

We’re heading for the beach, with a little detour through the Old Village.

Europe’s Royal Families used to hang out in Beaulieu.

The marina, with the Villa Kerylos in the background.

Today we’re taking the train from Nice Ville to Beaulieu-sur-Mer. One of the few advantages of the train is that you can have lunch with a glass of wine (or two).

Here we are: Beaulieu-sur-Mer.

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No huge yachts here…

The entrepeneurs are trying hard to restore the old charm of the buildings along the sea shore.

This is the Beaulieu Casino. Not very impressive, I must say.

Opposite the Casino is the main beach. Quite small, but very peaceful, even in August.

This is the Résidence Eiffel. Gustave Eiffel, the famous engineer who built the Eiffel Tower in Paris, the Statue of Liberty in New York, the main dome of the Observatoire in Nice, and many, many other works, retired here. Nowadays it’s a luxurious hotel.

And right next to Eiffel’s villa we find the Villa Kerylos. (Kerylos means King Fisher.) The villa was built in the early 1900s by Theodore Reinach, a famous French archaeologist.

Madame Fanny Reinach was a cousin of Maurice Ephrussi, who was married to Béatrice de Rothschild, hence the location of Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild at nearby Cap Ferrat. The Greek-style property was gifted to the Institut de France in 1928 and is now a museum open to the public.

It was Theodore Reinach’s great love of all things Greek that gave rise to the building of the Grecian villa at Beaulieu-sur-Mer.

The Greeks loved their baths…

Villa Kerylos is one of the most extraordinary sites on the French Riviera. It was built in the period the French call the “Belle Epoque”, and is a quite unique and extremely luxurious re-creation of an ancient Grecian dwelling, complete with wall decorations and furniture.

Theodore Reinach’s study.

The living room.

View from the living room.

The library.

Yet another bath tub…

Madame Reinach’s bed, in her own bedroom.

Monsieur Reinach’s bedroom. No sleep or even to be in one and the same room with a villa like this…

Upstairs hallway.

View from the hallway.

It’s really an amazing building.

The gardens and the terrace are really beautiful. The garden contains a pleasing mixture of typically Greek plants : olive trees and vines, pomegranate and carob trees, acanthus and myrtle, oleanders and irises, pine and cypress trees, palm trees and papyrus all help create a Grecian look and feel in the lovely Mediterranean sunshine.

View from the terrace.

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