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In search of Lo Scoglietto 2023
During a short city break to Nice in January 2023, I persuaded my family to join me for an adventure to find the Nivens’ house at ‘Lo Scoglietto’. (It’s now called ‘Fleur de Cap’, but I’ll use its old name on this page).
We hopped off the bus in the small town of St-Jean-Cap-Ferrat, on the north-east side of the Cap Ferrat peninsula. (I’d always imagined ‘Lo Scoglietto’ to be on the southernmost tip for some reason).
I doubt the house would have been difficult to find, but we still asked directions from a group sat outside a cafe, one of whom happened to be the local mayor (!) They pored over an old photo (see below), eventually recognised the location, and explained that “It has changed a lot.” A short stroll northwards was suggested.
[Karma would be them finding me relaxing in my home town on a Saturday morning, showing me a 60 year-old aerial photo on a mobile phone, and hoping for instant recognition.]
The main differences in 2023 are not so much the building and its rotunda, more the surroundings. What looks like a wide field covered in tracks (to the right of the house) is now a road with a line of houses. That’s now the inland route to ‘Place David Niven’.
The path to the Cap
We decided that the coastal route would be the most scenic. Stepping off the main road through St-Jean-Cap-Ferrat, there is a beautiful (and very new-looking) marina, leading to a small beach that I’ve never seen mentioned by either Niven, and a coastal path.