I arrived in Menton, my “coup de foudre” or love at first sight French village very early this morning-12:10 am actually and spent a pretty good night at the Hotel Royal Westminster just a short walk from my Airbnb for the next two weeks at 7 rue St. Michel. It is a lovely apartment on the 4th floor but with an elevator so I am delighted with that. It is spacious, looks out on the Alpilles, the foothills of the Alps which come almost down to the sea here and I can see the domes of the Saint Michels Basilica, one of the iconic descriptors of Menton also, as well as the rooftops of the surrounding homes and apartments. I am just on the main pedestrian walkway so everything is right on my doorstep and the sea is just a 2 minute walk to the south. It was sunny and cool here, about 68 degrees today, Friday November 3, 2017. I had a lovely lunch today at the Restaurant Casablanca, run by, you guessed it, a gentleman from Morocco. Salad Marocaine, Tagine of Poulet (chicken) with potatoes and lemon and apple tart for dessert, all served outside on a little street, rue Palmero, just around the corner from my apartment.. I drank wine for the first time in months, Rose’ of Provence of course and at least for now, I seem to be handling it OK but time will tell. I am so happy with my Airbnb and am considering booking it for the month I will spend in Menton from mid-May to mid-June 2018 but I am going to wait a few days to make a final decision. Menton is very popular with Europeans and already many places are booked for the spring/summer of 2018. Menton is a jewel of the French Riviera, unknown to many but known to many others at the same time. Located just east of Monaco and a stone’s throw from Italy it combines the Provencal mixture of French, Monaco, Italy and North Africa in a beautiful setting on the Mediterranean Sea and at the base of the Alps Maritime region. I really enjoy being here and over the next two weeks I hope to have many photos to share with you but unfortunately, the prediction is for lots of rain over the next week or so, which would actually be good since there has been no appreciable rain here in many months and things are a bit brown. Enjoy the attached photos taken from the balcony of my apartment with the hope that the weather will not prevent me from taking many more.