Nice – Check. Cannes – Check. Monaco – Check. Monte Carlo – Check. Eze – Check. Antibes – Check. SMILE, you’ve been to the French Riviera! Boy Oh Boy! What is someone even supposed to say about a destination donned with such beauty & luxury? In the Christmas period? Got an answer for you; What is my life?!
French Riviera is the Southern part of France where its all quiet and demure unlike Paris for example which is busy busy. Even the lifts are cozy! Nice, Eze, Antibes, Monaco, Monte Carlo, Saint Tropez, Saint Paul De Vance, all make up the French Riviera. Nice is where you land and the rest of the cities can be accessed by driving. Each city has its own vybe. In Nice, it wasn’t that easy to find an eatery where you just walk in and order food, Lunch is served at lunch time and so is dinner. If you go in between, they not serving. The formality of it all! We could have been on the wrong side of the city though; But then again that’s what makes the meal that exclusive. Because when that lasagna gets served..Yummy!!
Eze is another story. You literally feel like you are on a James Bond movie set. Its so exotic, elegant and just bourgeois. Here you visit the Chateau dela Chevre dor, a hotel that only opens in summer. We traveled in winter because well oh well its budjetmsafiri, Can always use a bargain! All its rooms are sound proof with elegant furnishing, private gardens and heated swimming pool. Located on a hill, its surrounded by a medieval village like neighborhood overlooking the Mediterranean sea that gives you a panoramic view of the coastline. You may want to let that marinate.
Cannes comes to life in May when Hollywood royalty checks in for the Cannes Film Festival. The whole street is on lock down during this time with only limo drop off and pick ups taking place. The fans and press watch from the sidelines. Glamour rules here; the red carpet notwithstanding.
Next is Monaco the second smallest city in the world and the third richest. This is where the Elite come to play with their Yachts, Aston Martins, Harley Davidsons, Maseratis…and that’s just the basic. We got to watch the change of guard; a fete that occurs every afternoon when the guards at the King’s Palace change shifts. Nothing like log in and out – thats for me, you and the rest of us. Monaco Grand Prix is the most prestigious and has a lot of celebrities and wealthy people in attendance. After the race, they just hop on their yachts and helicopters and head out to the sea to party and network. The Grand Prix circuit start point is at the marina all through Monaco. Formula 1 Great Ayrton Senna owned an apartment here during his legacy.
The infamous Monte Carlo casino is also in Monaco and am not quite sure what’s more striking; the casino itself or the driveway. The vintage and exclusive car models that drive by are so distracting & fascinating. You feel like you are on the set of those old movies, or at a Concours d’Elegance show. And that’s just on a normal day where everyone is all about their business. ( To think you’ve made it with a 4×4. Sit down!) The snowy ambiance at the fountain near the entrance looks very interesting especially in the night when the lights are on.
The Old Town side of the French Riviera is known as Antibes where besides the Christmas Market, you get to visit the Picasso Museum that has Pablo Picasso art collection. Its not as glamorous as other cities but nevertheless, it still has that southern French charm. I bet you may just bump into Kanye some place around here. He’s a huge fan of Pablo Picasso.
Saint Paul de Vance is a very elegant shopping boulevard surrounded by beautiful landscapes and where you find such amazing artwork which is quite pricey. This must be what they call Masterpieces. They are so well thought out, very unique and exclusive. MJ was a huge fan of artwork, i bet he must have visited this place for some purchase.
Well, the French Riviera should be in your bucket list if luxury is what tickles your fancy. The autumn colors were out and the weather was breathtaking! They also very keen on Environment matters; reason that makes the area this beautiful and non polluted. The flower vase below is set up with recycled material. Inside is a collection of corks from wine bottles to hold the flowers and the strips. How thoughtful.
And you know what else made our trip more fascinating – that hot wine. Otherwise known as Glogg. They make it in winter as the weather is quite chilly then. There’s a specific way it gets fixed so please don’t go boiling wine…Do Nat! try this at home! Cheers!