I must reveal one more thing about Saint-Martin-Vésubie: the reason why I absolutely have to visit it another time rather soon. That is to see whether anyone has rescued the beautiful deserted house I fell in love with on the northern slope behind the old town.
If I were a lady of means I would have reclaimed it myself turning it into a delightful little place called ‘Hôtel Mille et un Mètres’. The grey stone sign on the wall on the street corner shows the point where the altitude is 1,000 metres. Judged from the photos I believe it would be quite legitimate to claim the main doorstep of the house to be one metre higher.
Had I the resources, I would also be the happy owner of another gorgeous little bed & breakfast on the slope of another but much bigger place in another Mediterranean country. I spotted the below deserted house in Plaka, the old town of Athens, at the foot of Acropolis a few years back. I do think this beautiful place on a great location would deserve to be salvaged, too. You can find more photos of it in an earlier post of mine about Athens.