Bonjour – after visiting the amazing Liguria with La Spezia and Portovenere the trip goes on and next destination is Monte Carlo and Nice (the town at the Côte d’Azur).
Monaco, Holidays or French Riviera holiday dreams come true – places, well known for their nature, beauty, luxurious lifestyle and easy-living.
The region is also famous for its lavender fields. Every little shop or kiosk is selling little lavender pillows and refreshing sprays.
I also had one pillow which I usually put under my bigger pillow, and it gives me such an aroma and scent, that is so relaxing and prepares me for my sweet dreams.
petiteprovence.com – Here you can spot some more lavender pillows, if this topic got you, but lets move forward with our French Riviera Holidays and I tell you a bit of the impressions.
Spending summer holidays in Cote d’Azur is like spending some time in paradise.
Places like Nice, Cannes, Monte Carlo seem to be so, that people never work there, only have a great time, relax and enjoy life.
This is the impression, which the whole region gives you.
Things to see in Monaco
So we arrived to Monte Carlos Marina early in the morning, from where we had a wonderful walk through the city of Monte Carlo, second smallest in the world after little big Vatican.
Monte Carlo is located on hills, so if you want to have a city tour by walking, be prepared to get some pressure on your muscles, especially with these temperatures!
What can I say, of course a country such as Monaco, which is tax-free since 1870s, you can easily see that 😉
Paradise place for gambling!
Our destination was – guess what – to get to the Monte Carlo Casino.
We could have easily also entered inside of the casino, since we are not citizens of Monaco, but we decided not to do so, the weather outside was too outstanding for spending time with gambling stuff and too much more was waiting to get explored!
Just some few shots in front and behind of the famous fountain
The whole scenery reminded me immediately to James Bond movies.
Next to the Monte Carlo Casino is located the Hôtel de Paris Monte-Carlo, which opened its doors firstly in 1863.
The hotel has many exclusive rooms and includes also suites and one presidential suite.
It has rooms with a view to the sea and to the Monte Carlo Casino.
This whole area of the Casino and Hotel and the Opera house reminded me of somehow to Grace Kelly – so many memories.
Ah yes, the biggest Formula One event “Monaco Grand Prix” runs through Monte Carlo.
Without a doubt, during that time all the hotels of Monte Carlo are booked out. So, after seeing fancy cars and suites, we got enough of it and decided to change location – Next stop was Nice, France!
Nice was always my favorite town in French Riviera despite Cannes.
Things to see in Nice
The color of the water, these stones that gives the glance, that the water is soft as the clouds in the air.
No doubt why many artists were attracted by the colors of the French Riviera, and had inspiration to fulfill their works, such as Matisse, Renoir, Chagall, Picasso and many more.
Famous Promenade des Anglais is a long, wide road along the coast, full of tourists.
You find here many hotels, casinos and restaurants all along the promenade.
Of course we have here also the famous Hotel “Le Negresco“.
Here we have a picture…
Let me tell you here a bit more about this legendary promenade.
This seven kilometres long road has a 250 years old history and it goes from the airport unto the Quai des Etas-Unis near the port.
It has become the landmark of Nice and it was painted by Marc Chagall, Matisse and Dufy.
Chagall was discovering the flower market there in the year 1926 and it still nowadays there.
The history of the promenade began as “Chemin des Anglais”, when English men were building a little stony path there.
English and Russian tourists were the first that came, escaping from cold winter times at home.
Well, after this we wanted to dig deeper and jump into the old town (Vieux Nice or Vieille Ville).
Firstly we passed by the shopping street, full of nice cute shops with accessories, clothes, shoes and more. I also visited Caprice Vintage Shop.
They sell many exclusive clothes, shoes, bags and jewelry from best brands, Dior, Burberry, Gucci and many more.
Very fancy stuff and reduced, I recommend, and here is the link: yelp.com
After this nice Boulevard of great stores we entered Jets d’eau off Place Massena.
Wonderful fountains and also a possibility to cool and refresh yourself.
A perfect place for kids where they can play with the water during a hot day.
Pity – the day was almost over.
But highest impressions not yet, because now came the sunset and a wonderful view to the Monte Carlo from our ship…
Aaaaaah enjoy this view together with us and let’s leave with these impressions for our next stop “La Seyne & Toulon, the sixth station of our mediterranean Cruise“…
Salût – la Bird
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