Sunday, October 23, 2011

The French Riviera - Nice, Monaco

The French Riviera - The Fabled Playground of the Rich and Famous
Darren and I were both ready for another day of exploring the French Country. Docked in VilleFranche-Sante, we were excited about the sightseeing, shopping and experiencing tasting the local French food & drinking delicious cappuccinos.

The French Riviera has long been a posh destination for celebrities and socialites. This sun-drenched stretch of Mediterranean coastline, the tranquil setting and stylish resorts and towns. Cannes is the site of the Cannes Film Festival, the most famous of all the festivals that draw in the jet-setters to its plush hotels, couture boutiques and happening cafes along La Croisette. Nice is the largest city, with its lavish villas, broad boulevards and sweeping coastal views. Monaco is home to the elaborate casino of Monte Carlo, and to the palace where Princess Grace Kelly once lived.

Monaco Cathedral

Monaco Cathedral

Traffic in Nice - was like being back home in Johannesburg South Africa. So glad I wasn't the one driving, it did however give us a chance to experience the city's beauty.
We stopped at the Fragonard Perfumery, the modern, working factory on the outskirts of town, where we learnt how soap and perfume is made. After the experience, we were able to purchase a perfume of our choice. Darren spoilt me with a bottle of Emilie.

The Fragonard Perfumery

Monaco was breath taking, a real historical memorable moment. Such a tiny piece of land and the 2nd richest (the Vatican being the 1st) famous for its casino and two car races, the Monte Carlo Rally and the Monaco Grand Prix. The people living in Monaco don't pay income tax. The head of state being Prince Albert II, the government and the prince share power.

I kept whispering to Darren "it’s SO beautiful" all the yachts, only the best cars, Maserati and Porche etc. Designer clothing stores such as Gucci and Louis Vuitton. People living in Monaco have serious money! We walked past the casino, but didn't go inside; we decided to check out Prince Albert and Charlene's palace instead.

Institut Oceanographique - Fondation Albert ler, Prince de Monaco

Monaco Palace, home to Prince Albert and Charlene
Monaco Palace


Another busy day - the French Riviera is definitely for the rich and famous, but it was great to explore and it was amazingly beautiful.
Back to the ship to have dinner in the main dining room, sailing while having dinner and looking at the sea, with nothing but the moonlight shining upon it, is one of the most gorgeous things I've ever seen. Definitely something we don't get to experience every day. We are so blessed to have experienced all this.
This has been a revelation of the true European lifestyle.
We went to bed that night and switched off the lights and fell asleep while we sailed the Mediterranean ocean

Next - Italy


Anonymous said...

Seeing this definitely makes me want to visit France. It's lovely

Thank you for sharing your experience

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