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i tend to tende

Tende, France is a medieval village perché about two hours by train from Nice, France. It goes inland up a valley and past several other villages perchés.

From Nice take the Train de Merveilles at 09:23. There is a train at 07:35 as well. (Check the #5 “Nice–Tende via Breil-sur-Roya” schedule. It can be found at the train station.)

Two trains return to Nice from Tende in the afternoon, one at 14:47 and the other at 17:12. That makes for a solid afternoon of exploring and taking photos before the return trip.

Along the route are several other villages worth a visit. For example, Peillon is above the Peillon-Sainte-Thècle train station. Walking to Peillon will take about an hour; it is approximately 4 kilometers distance along a winding road. (More about Peillon in another post.)

So, let us arrive in Tende by train. Thank you YouTube. You did it again. Seek and you shall find.

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One characteristic of villages built during the Middle Ages is the narrowness of the streets. Walls crowd in; sometimes both hands can touch each wall as you walk through a street.

The light becomes shadows and often it is reflecting off walls well above your head.

Another characteristic that I like are the arches. These arches act as flying buttresses; they keep the walls from falling into one another. Sometimes they serve as a walk way between buildings. (Click on any photo to see it larger and in more detail.)

Tende has a number of these arches. They make tunnels into another realm. They take you down or lead you up into another street, invisible from the street where you walk.

Imagine a maze that is open and sometimes not. You can walk the street, or you can see what lays ahead in the mysterious street arched and a bit dark.

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