Riviera tripping

September 14, 2009 at 3:13 am Leave a comment

FINALLY!  A new post?!  These are over a month late now, but I will get through them!

 

More on my Nice adventures later 🙂  First, a quick recap on the various daytrips I did from my base in Nice.

Had found Travis from Cali, Diana from Quebec and Justin from the good ol’ land of OZ – so off we went!

 

Eze

A super pretty medieval village high above the glistening coast. 

Eze village

Eze village

Patriotism and hazy horizons - from Eze hilltop

Patriotism and hazy horizons - from Eze hilltop

Riviera daytrip crew at Eze village

Riviera daytrip crew at Eze village

The precarious walk down to Eze sur Mer was gorgeous, but rocky as! Apparently Bono lives down there, though personally, I think there are much nicer beach towns on the Riviera that one could choose…if one was a well-moneyed rock sensation…

Views on the trek down to Eze beach

Views on the trek down to Eze beach

 

Monaco

I grew up watching a really random movie called “Once upon a Crime” – a classic in my eyes, with James Belushi, Cybill Shepherd and John Candy (RIP) – a murder mystery comedy set in the Monte Carlo casino. Obviously, that meant that Monaco was a must-see on my Riviera trip.

Funnily enough, I can hardly remember what the casino looks like in the movie, but seeing it in real life didn’t convey the same sense of magic and well…murder mystery. Lesson: don’t attach James Belushi to travel expectations.

All pretty all the same 🙂

Sunny day at Monte Carlo casino

Sunny day at Monte Carlo casino

One of the many flashy cars by the casino

One of the many flashy cars by the casino

Monte Carlo reflected

Monte Carlo reflected

Luxury on the water - one of many. Party here please?

Luxury on the water - one of many. Party here please?

 

Antibes

Another gorgeous (but quiet) Riviera town.  A good half day, but more painful pebble beaching.  The views though, as always, are stunning.

Ah, very French, no? Pity I can't stand the stuff!

Ah, very French, no? Pity I can't stand the stuff!

Antibes enclosed pebble beach - water clear as anything

Antibes enclosed pebble beach - water clear as anything

 

Cannes

Ah, the famous film festival. Anything going on here outside of that? To be honest, I wasn’t expecting too much, but ended up loving it!

The boulevardes are buzzing, the cars and luxury yachts are as plentiful as the designer stores, the hotels are grand, and the beaches are SAND!

Sand beaches! Oh heaven on my feet

Sand beaches! Oh heaven on my feet

Yeah, that one on the right, totally mine

Yeah, that one on the right, totally mine

Diana, Travis and I swim out to a rocky island and wave back at Justin!

Diana, Travis and I swim out to a rocky island and wave back at Justin!

 

Villefranche

Possibly my favourite beach, simply because the sand situation was perfect 🙂

Tiny pebbles = comfy on the feet + no sand in your bag = perfect!

…and only 5min from Nice!

Villefranche - sunsets, bay beach and pastel village

Villefranche - sunsets, bay beach and pastel village

Enjoying the sun & sand situation at Villefranche

Enjoying the sun & sand situation at Villefranche

 

St. Tropez

Figured I had to pay it a visit from all its fame and hype.

To surmise: it’s pretty, but so is every other town. It is however a bitch to get to from Nice. First, train to St. Raphael (about 50mins), then a ferry to St. Tropez (1 hour) which only runs about 4 times a day. Get your timing right, or else you’ll end up waiting round for hours, or only have a tiny amount of time in St. Tropez! Don’t make my mistake of leaving Nice in the afternoon – go early!

St. Tropez itself was lined with artists, pretty pastel buildings, rich yachts and upmarket alleyway shopping (oh, and yummy bakeries – but then again, they’re everywhere in France!)

Oh the colours!

Oh the colours!

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St Tropez, main drag by the water

St Tropez, main drag by the water

 

Nice itself was magical and full of night revelry, but more on that in the next post.

 

xox

Ange

 

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