Thursday, 10 May 2012

Monday April 16th, 2012 – Nice, Cannes and Monte Carlo

            On Sunday April 15th Mike and I went on a 10 hour journey to get to Nice from Paris.  We had to get up at 5am to catch the first metro at 5:40am and go to the airport.  We then caught a TGV train to Lyon, transferred and then got on another TGV train to Marseilles.  We then transferred to a regional train, which brought us to Nice in the mid afternoon.  When we got there we walked around the old town and the promenade beside the Mediterranean Sea.  I think I’ve fallen in love with the Mediterranean.  I just love how there are palm trees there beside the sea, with the French culture.  That evening we walked up a hill to a park and took lots of pictures of the views.  We then went to a pub and got nachos and drinks.  We then made dinner at our hostel to save money.
            The next day we went to Cannes and saw the Film Festival Palace.  We then walked around the streets and shops and then caught a train to Monte Carlo.  I absolutely loved Monte Carlo, even though it was the 2nd time I had been there.  We first saw the Monte Carlo Casino and then I showed Mike the super pricey mall with the shoes that were 2500 euros.  There were beautiful Murano glass sculptures in a store in the mall worth 80,000 euros – wow!  We then walked along the track where the Monaco Grand Prix will be later in May.  Next, we walked beside the marina and then up to the Palace and the cute little streets around there.  There were many cute cafes and touristy shops in that area, and it was nice to see since I hadn’t gone to that part of Monaco in January when I was there.  We then sat down and decided to stop and admire the view for a while.  It was absolutely gorgeous with extremely blue water, palm trees, and warm air.  Was definitely very relaxing after having 2.5 weeks of hectic sightseeing.  Unfortunately, it was then time to head back to Nice.  We walked around the city more when we got back, watched a spray paint artist, and walked along the promenade.  After sitting and staring out at the dark Mediterranean Sea to the sound of crashing waves for awhile, we then checked out some touristy shops and then went back to the hostel.