Checkmated at the Côte d’Azur

Gardens of Château de la Chèvre d'Or, Eze, France - Bold Bliss

Gardens of Château de la Chèvre d'Or, Eze, France - Bold Bliss

Wearing black A-line dress and mules in the gardens of the Chèvre d'Or Hotel, Eze, France - Bold Bliss

Gardens of Château de la Chèvre d'Or, Eze, France - Bold Bliss

Wearing Free People Girlfriend Material dress - Bold Bliss

Black button-up A-line midi dress and August handbag - Bold Bliss

Fairytale gardens of Château de la Chèvre d'Or, Eze, France - Bold Bliss

Checkmated at the Côte d’Azur - Bold Bliss

August California Hakone Satchel - Bold Bliss

Black Free People buttoned dress, August Hakone handbag and Asos brown clogs - Bold Bliss

Walking in the gardens the Chèvre d'Or Hotel, Eze, France - Bold Bliss

Watching the sea between the animal statues, Eze, France - Bold Bliss

Chess board at Château de la Chèvre d'Or, Eze, France - Bold Bliss

Playing chess at Château de la Chèvre d'Or, Eze, France - Bold Bliss

Free People Dress (similar options here, here and here and here | Ginatricot Scarf (similar here)| August Hakone Satchel handbag | Asos Mules 

 

An exotic garden, crowded with lifesize animal statues, hanging serenely between the sky and the Mediterranean Sea. That was what we encountered when entering the crow’s nest of the Château de la Chèvre d’Or (TripAdvisor) situated in the medieval city of Èze (France) and ranked as one of the most beautiful hotels in the world.

My mind swirled between connotations of an animal-stuffed ark of Noah, a peaceful Garden of Eden and a part of Narnia not yet revealed in any of C.S. Lewis’ books. Anyway, I can safely say that the view had an almost otherworldly quality. The garden even had a huge chess board, obviously suited to the oversized limbs of for instance the giraffes, who were clearly racking their undersized brains on a mating attack against the enemy king.

The château, nestled on the steep slopes of the French Riviera, offers breathtaking views of the sea on the horizon with a profusion of lawns, flowers, trees and shrubs on the foreground. We were pleasantly intoxicated by the lingering scents of jasmine, rose and sea salt. This Youtube video captures the domain beautifully.

I was wearing a Free People dress I’d been coveting for months before finally buying it. I’m so glad I did: it has the most elegant, flattering A-line shape and I love the detail of the long row of buttons attached to the front of the dress. I wore it with a soft black scarf for warmth, my pretty black August handbag (previously worn here) and my pair of brown mules. The latter – I admit – were not the most practical for walking up and down the rocky stairs, but when do fashion bloggers ever prioritize comfort over style? Certainly not when they are checkmated by the overwhelming view of an earthly paradise.

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45 Comments

  1. TIFF October 10, 2015

    I love this post!
    Breathtaking scenery and divine photography :)

    x Tiff
    http://tiffgoesto.com/

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  2. Nataly October 8, 2015

    Wow I just love this post! So amazing!

    http://natalyg.co.uk

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    • Nataly October 8, 2015

      Ps, I love the reference to Narnia. So good!

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      • Bold Bliss October 14, 2015

        Glad to read you’re a fan of C.S. Lewis too! It really looked like a little piece of Narnia :) Xx

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  3. C's Collection October 7, 2015

    What an interesting and beautiful place! Such a pretty dress on you too!

    C’s Collection | http://chelseascollection.com

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  4. Maggie October 7, 2015

    This scenery is stunning! Holy cow! I love the simple dress – it makes a great contrast. :)

    http://www.maggiealamode.com

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  5. Cristina October 7, 2015

    I love the location, it’s so beautiful and romantic! I also like your dress, Free People has some amazing pieces.

    http://memoriesofthepacific.blogspot.com.es/

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  6. Mikéla October 7, 2015

    Wow! What a gorgeous place to take photos! And your dress is beautiful – love it :)

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  7. Anselm Kraus October 7, 2015

    A garden, a woman, a tree… All of them archetypes. This indeed must be Paradise. But for God’s sake, where is the apple?

    Anselm Kraus

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    • Mucalinda Nehushtan October 7, 2015

      And where, for God’s sake, is the snake?

      Mucalinda Nehushtan

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    • Lilith Addams October 7, 2015

      And where, for Eve’s sake, is Adam?

      Lilith Addams

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    • Crook-Finger'd Jack October 7, 2015

      As to the apple: Steve Jobs picked it and sold it to you.

      Crook-Finger’d Jack, member of Macheath’s gang in ‘The Beggars’ Opera’.

      Reply
  8. Be fashion Teller October 7, 2015

    Amazing photos and the dress! I kindly reccommend to look at my black dress http://befashionteller.pl/sukienka-z-bialym-kolnierzykiem/.
    have a nice day!

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  9. Sylvia October 7, 2015

    This dress looks gorgeous on you and I love how you styled it :)

    Sylvia & MissyDress

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  10. Iryna October 6, 2015

    I love this post and your blog!

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  11. Jeffrey Chung October 6, 2015

    Such a divine location! Love the dress too :)

    Jeffrey Chung
    http://www.jeffreyjournal.com

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  12. Michèle October 5, 2015

    wow these photos are incredibly beautiful
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  13. Sara Nuša October 5, 2015

    I can’t handle the beauty of this place! Amazing post!

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    • Bold Bliss October 14, 2015

      Haha, glad to hear that ;)

      Reply
  14. Monika October 5, 2015

    This place looks beyond cool! You find the best locations to shoot at. Also – love free people clothes!

    -M
    http://www.violetroots.com

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  15. May October 5, 2015

    I’ve only ever seen a life-size chessboard once and it was nowhere as impressive as this one! The photos are surreal, and oh, so beautiful!

    May | THE MAYDEN

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    • Bold Bliss October 14, 2015

      It was every bit as impressive as in these photos! One of the most beautiful places I’ve ever been…

      Reply
  16. Seppy October 5, 2015

    Wow. These pictures are amazing….it looks so serene and beautiful!

    http://www.elleisforlove.com

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  17. Lily Rose October 5, 2015

    oh my, this garden is amazing. Your photographs are really great! May I ask what camera lens you used? What amazing pictures! Love them! <3

    -Lily

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    • Bold Bliss October 5, 2015

      I’m glad you like my photos! I used a Tamron 28-75mm f/2.8 (a versatile zoom lens) for the wider angled photos and a Canon 85mm f/1.8 (a sharp prime lens) for the more close-up shots. I use them on my Canon 6D camera which is a full frame camera. If you’re using a crop camera, I’d recommend using a Canon 50mm f/1.4 as a prime lens since you might find the 85mm a less convenient focal length on a crop sensor. I hope that helps :)
      Xx

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  18. pia October 4, 2015

    gorgeous photographs, love the black dress!
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    LUNJASKY BLOGLOVIN

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  19. Lenya October 4, 2015

    Stunning pics and I love this ladylike OOTD You look amazing.
    xox
    Lenya
    FashionDreams&Lifestyle

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  20. Zarrah October 4, 2015

    Stunning photography.
    Looks like a paradise.
    LOve what you wear too

    The Bandwagon Chic | Instagram | Bloglovin | Snapchat: bandwagonchic

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  21. Petite Maison of Fashion October 4, 2015

    What an absolutely gorgeous garden!!!

    xoxo,
    http://petitemaisonoffashion.blogspot.com/

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  22. Scarllet Marie October 4, 2015

    Loved the dress

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  23. Kamila October 3, 2015

    what a place !! absolutely stunning <3 <3

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nlcy6BLUbQI

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  24. Roxanne October 3, 2015

    Ahh really love this blog post! The pics look beyond amazing!!

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  25. Marissa October 3, 2015

    The photos are gorgeous, the dress is gorgeous, ahh! I love everything about this post! x

    http://www.theshabbysuitcase.com

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    • Bold Bliss October 14, 2015

      Thanks, Marissa! Xx

      Reply
  26. Nadia October 3, 2015

    omg, this place is so beautiful, love the pictures:)
    xo xo from Paris
    http://www.rosesinparis.com

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  27. Patricia Sophie October 2, 2015

    ohmy this is absolutely mindblowing – i mean your outfit and the view are just ahwesome! merci for this huge inspo.

    bisous bisous

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    • Bold Bliss October 14, 2015

      Thanks! Bisous to you too :)

      Reply
  28. Alyssa Hartwick October 2, 2015

    These photos are beyond magical!

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  29. Ela October 2, 2015

    What an amazing view! I would so like to be there at the moment! Stunning photos! x

    http://www.elabellaworld.com

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  30. Melissa October 2, 2015

    Wow, this is one of the most beautiful places I have ever seen. It almost looks like you are in a movie. I love your look by the way. The button details and the way the dress is flowing looks great. Love this pictures!
    http://www.musebymalu.com

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    • Bold Bliss October 14, 2015

      Thanks! Walking there sure felt like being in a movie – a Narnia one! :) Xx

      Reply
  31. becky October 2, 2015

    OH MY GOSH, I can’t get over how stunning it is…literally breath taking. Thank you for sharing. Your photos are BEAUTIFUL, and your outfit is gorgeous, literally such an amazing post. I need to visit this place, WOULD BE A DREAM!!
    Becky Shannon xx – Life-by-Becky

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    • Bold Bliss October 14, 2015

      Thanks so much, Becky, for all your superlatives! Comments like this one make my day :)

      Reply
  32. Diana October 2, 2015

    What a breathtaking landscape, it’s looks so lovely and calm!
    Your outfit is amazing as always, you definitely have a stunning blog! So well done! :D

    Diana P. | Cups & Roses

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    • Bold Bliss October 14, 2015

      Thanks for your lovely comment, Diana!

      Reply

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