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!
A super pretty medieval village high above the glistening coast.
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…
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 🙂
Another gorgeous (but quiet) Riviera town. A good half day, but more painful pebble beaching. The views though, as always, are stunning.
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!
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!
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!)
Nice itself was magical and full of night revelry, but more on that in the next post.