Thursday Doors – Tende

Tende is a town on the old salt road from Nice in south east France to Piedmont in north west Italy. It is famous for the Vallee des Merveilles, a remote area in the mountains with thousands of carvings from the Bronze Age. The carvings (petroglyphs) were discovered by a British botanist, Clarence Bicknell, in 1881. The best way to visit the town is by the spectacular railway from the Riviera. But to get to the Valley of the Marvels, you need to hike for 8 hours or take a jeep. However, this blog is about the doors in the town.P1300573

Side door to a churchP1300585



Collegiale Church of Notre-Dame P1300584

This is impressive – on this steep flight of steps, motorbikes are forbidden between 9pm and 6am, and during the day speed is limited to 20 kph.P1300574


8 Replies to “Thursday Doors – Tende”

  1. Wow, beautiful and real (!) antique doors! Your capture of the apartments looks so similar to how it looks like the Mediterranean area of NW Italy where we vacationed. Had to smile about the motor bikes on these steep steps – how spoiled are we in the city now! (living in California)

    1. No, just took the train, had lunch when it began to rain. Then had dessert during a thunderstorm. So just pottered around town and visited the excellent free museum on the petroglyphs. Back on the train, two hours later in Nice for dinner.

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