We left Livorno at midnight and dropped anchor in the harbor of Villefranche-sur-Mer early in the morning. This is a lovely little town characteristic of the French Riviera. The harbor is relatively small, but accommodates several large ships either at large buoys or at anchor, as well as many large private yachts and smaller boats. There is a pier that accommodates the tenders which ran about every five minutes, so there was little waiting for a ride.
From the harbor, the town rises up the side of a mountain with many attractive homes and much greenery. One readily sees the three Corniche Roads, the lower, middle and upper Corniche. The town overlooks the Cap Ferrat peninsula, home to the very rich and spoiled. The town dates to the 14th century and is still home to many fishermen and their small craft. The arcaded Rue Obscure is most interesting to walk through and enjoy the sunshine and the flowers and the people. Near the harbor and overlooking it, the crooked house’s wooden shutters come in all different colors. For those wishing to see Monte Carlo or Cannes and Nice, there is a Railroad station not far from the harbor and a bus stop in the center of town. While taxis are always there to meet the ships, they tend to be rather expensive.