It’s been so long since I have written a blog post. I feel a bit rusty, but I’m back to my usual schedule from now on. So today’s post is all about myself and my husbands recent trip to Nice, France and the stunning French Riveria. My husband turned 30 at the beginning of May, so I decided to whisk him away on a surprise holiday to celebrate. Travel is both of our ultimate passions and we would rather spend our money on travelling the world than on anything else.
So I packed Gary’s case and brought him through the airport without him knowing where we were going. It was so exciting and made the trip all the more special for him.
- Base yourself in Nice
So Nice was our base for our stay in the French Riveria. The Locarno Hotel, close to the Promenade des Anglais and about a 10 minute walk to the Old Town, for us was the perfect location and it didn’t break the bank. There is so much to do in Nice, from shopping on Jean Medicin to sunbathing on a beach along the Promenade des Anglais to climbing to the top of Castle Hill to take in the beautiful view of Nice from a height.
Originally I wanted to go to Monaco for Gary’s birthday but price wise it was not in our budget. So after a bit of research I realised Nice was 30 minutes drive from Monaco and would be a much better place to stay and still enable us to visit Monaco and Monte Carlo.
2. Visit Eze
The medieval village of Eze is on your way to Monaco, about a 15 minute drive from Nice. Words don’t do this village justice. It is one of the most beautiful places I have ever been. Climb to the top of the village and pay the €6 admission fee into the Exotic Garden and take in some amazing views of Nice. The garden is a combination of cobbled steps which wind up and down the garden with cacti and beautiful flowers all around.
3. Have lunch/dinner in Cafe de Paris, Monte Carlo
On Gary’s birthday I organised a driver to bring us into Monaco to have a wonderful dinner in Cafe de Paris. This restaurant is not cheap but I think it is worth experiencing once in a lifetime. The food was delicious and the wine was good. Political dignitaries and celebrities come to this restaurant to eat all the time as it is the safest place to be.
4. Pay into Casino Monte Carlo
Again as it was Gary’s birthday and I knew he would enjoy a casino, we paid the €17 entrance fee into the Monte Carlo casino. You can go into the lobby of the casino and see the spectacular chandeliers for free, but I recommend paying to go in to the casino as well. We have been to Las Vegas and thought that it would be similar to casinos we were in there. We could not have been more wrong. It is a calm, serene, peaceful place. It is tastefully decorated and exudes wealth. There are several machines to play and some roulette tables. The bar in stunning and reasonably priced considering it is Monte Carlo. After playing the slots for a while we sat in some comfortable arm chairs with a glass of wine and took it all in. Bliss!
5. An hour in Cannes is plenty enough
I was so excited to go to Cannes, the iconic place where the Cannes Film Festival takes place. It was underwhelming to say the least. They were setting up for the festival which was taking place the following week and so everywhere was blocked off and there was construction taking place all around. We saw the walk of fame. It was nice, nothing special. There was a two storey carousel which is what excited me most about the whole place. We paid €6 for two ice-creams and then we left.
6. Get lost in your imagination as you explore Billionaires Port, Antibes
You will see yachts in this port which you thought only existed in movies. Walk along the old fortress wall out along the port and then back in to land along the water by the yachts. A small wander through the town is worthwhile also. Another beautiful little town.
7. Drive through the hills to arrive at Saint Paul de Vence
An art lovers dream, this medieval town is nestled in the hills of the French Riveria. It is a pedestrianised village with cobbled, narrow streets with art shops and art galleries lining the streets on each side. Climb to the top of this village and be greeted with yet another spectacular view of the French Riveria. Grab a crepe in the centre of the village, you will not be disappointed. If you want to splash, make a reservation in La Colombe d’Or to dine among the art work of Picasso which adorn the walls in this restaurant. Just note that reservations books up months in advance in this restaurant.
We spent 5 days in the French Riveria and I can’t recommend it enough to anybody. I hope you enjoyed this post. Let me know what you think in the comment and for some more photos check out my Instagram @tm_dancer89