Freidrich Wilhelm Neitzche (1844-1900) was a German philosopher, cultural critic, composer, poet, philologist and Latin and Greek scholar, whose work has exerted a profound influence on modern intellectual history. He became the youngest person ever to hold the chair of Classical Philology in 1869, at Basel University, at the age of 24. Chronic ill health forced him to resign in 1879 and he completed much of his core writings in the following decade. In 1889, at age 44, he suffered a collapse and after that, a complete loss of his mental faculties, living his remaining years in care with his mother and then his sister.
There is a legend that claims Neitzche would walk this path uphill every day, during his stays at the French Riviera and that some of his work was based on the thinking he did while on the hike.
Tired of breaking trail through the wave of tourists in Èze, we had two options to return to Nice. The first was to climb back on the bus and return the way we had come. The second was to hike down the Neitzche Path, a 4.1 km (2.5 mile) goat track that drops down 391 meters (1,283 feet) to Èze-sur-Mer. We voted and all agreed we were not yet ready to go back to Nice, so we would hike down.
The trail is very rough and even in September, temperatures in the sun on the frequent open areas reached 28 C. Thank goodness we were hiking down and not up. If you opt to hike the trail up or down, wear sturdy footwear (hiking boots with ankle support), dress for the temperature and sun, wear sun screen and take and drink plenty of water. Do watch your footing. If you are taking photos, stop walking while you do, so you do not end up dropping off the edge of the trail.
Its still not too late to change your mind and turn back
Sunshine in front of us and misty hills in back of us. Praying for no rain.
If only we had some ice cream, perhaps Rocky Road
I thought you said we were almost there.
All in all, we were all glad we did this hike.