As do so many tourists, we purchased tickets for the 2-villa package: the Villa Kerylos and the Villa Ephrussi. If time permits, it's worth seeing them on separate days, to fully relish the experience. The audio guides, included in the price of admission, provide excellent information. The Villa Kerylos was designed in the style of classic Greek architecture, and is totally different in virtually every way from the neighbouring Villa Ephrussi. Interestingly, but likely not by coincidence, the owners of the two villas were related.
Though the Greek style of Villa Kerylos is far less ornate, immaculate attention has been lavished on certain details, such as the bathrooms and their fittings, the mosaic floors and the efforts at authenticity for the furniture. Many of the building's structural features are arranged in precise symmetry. The house is built on a small promontory, surrounded on three sides by the sea. Worth a particular visit is the lower lever, which houses a wonderful collection of reproduction Greek statues, and hand-drawn maps of some of the many fortified ports that surround the Mediterranean. Barred openings lead straight into the ocean ! The house is a short walk from the town centre of Beaulieu-sur-Mer, and there is a wonderful sense of going back to another land, another time, another life.
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