Tende is one these little towns that looks moody, but charming at the same time. Half an hour drive from Lac des Mesches, it is a must visit place for everyone who happens to be in the region.
Our first stop there was the Merveilles museum. Up in the mountains we joined a guided groupe tour to learn about the ancient graffitis. Considering that not everyone can make a 4-hour hike in the mountains just to see and hear about it, the museum is a great alternative. Thanks to various installations, interactive videos and accurate reproductions of graffitis you go back in time to explore how our ancestors had been living thousands of years BC.
By pure chance on the day we went there, a groupe of archeologists from the region set up stands with various artefacts and workshops. As we were making our way around the tents, it was hard to believe that people could already do so many things: from changing wool colour to pottery and a whole systems to make fire preps that you could carry around in a leather pouch to lit a fire later in the day.
After learning more about our predecessors, we headed out in the town which, as many others, have these little narrow streets that everyone loves to photograph and an amazing view on the city.
If you would like to add more places to visit on your list, then check out the part 1 and part 2 of my journey in the Mercantour National Park. I’m also posting more photos on my Instagram account every single day. Self promo. No shame.