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Alpes Maritimes, France

Massoins is a tiny medieval village on a hilltop in the Maritime Alps, about 45 km from Nice. I stumbled upon it by accident on May 12, 2006. It is a real living village of about 120 people that appears to be rarely visited by tourists.

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While driving the main road from Nice to Grenoble, I was drawn in by the one-lane bridge. A sign said "Massoins 4.5 km." I had no idea what it was, but the distance did not seem far, so I followed the steep, winding one lane road up the mountainside.

A view from about halfway up the road toward Massoins. The one-lane bridge is on the left.

In the distance, I saw what appeared to be a monastery.

Turns out, it was a village.

The only concession to tourists appeared to be this sign on the edge of town.

The main entrance to town was through this narrow passageway, just wide enough for a car. I started to drive in, but changed my mind, worried about being trapped. Instead I parked outside of town where the cars of most residents were also parked.

A few streets were wide enough for a car, but most were not.

The ruins of a chapel on a hilltop above town.

A tiny park.

The "backyard" of town.

Surrounding countryside.

A memorial to the nine residents who died in the First War.

Relatives of the starship captain must live here.

Also see Mont St. Michel.

All photos © 2006, Glenn Campbell.
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