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Mar 19

Glimpse of The French Riviera


Our flight to Nice was at 8 A.M, which meant waking up at 5 A.M in the morning; a near impossible task after spending the entire day in Disneyland! To avoid any mishaps in the morning and sleep peacefully we decided to spend that night at the airport. Yes! Paris Charles de Gaulle was our bedroom that night. Unfortunately we missed the last metro train to the airport and so it took us considerably longer to reach the airport via a night bus. After reaching the airport at 1:30 A.M, we found a quiet spot and dozed away.

 

The next morning, as the airport came back to life, we were on our way to the French Riviera. At 10:10 A.M we landed at the Nice Airport and headed straight to our hotel Little Palace Interhotel. If I rank our stay in Madrid at the top, this hotel is a close second. Although the bed seemed very inviting but we had no time to lose. Monte Carlo, Monaco was on our agenda that day. We walked to the bus station which was around 20 minute walk from our hotel. I was particularly excited about this drive to Monte Carlo because my countless virtual rides on the Côte d’Azur track in Need for Speed PC Game had suddenly become a reality! Some parts of the amazing drive did seem uncannily familiar to me. The drive through a tunnel in the mountain, similar to the track in NFS.

 

The entire drive is along the coast and surreal. After reaching Monte Carlo, we really didn’t do anything special and just roamed the streets soaking it all in. The F1 track, The Monte Carlo Casino, The Monte Carlo HarbourHarbour, The Ferraris’Ferrari, The Bentleys’Bentley, The Hummers’Hummer Parking and all the wealth in the world. Seriously, I had never seen such a huge concentration of wealth in any single place before :) We were in no rush whatsoever and simply enjoyed the evening feasting our eyes on the glorious vistas before us. At 9 P.M we were back in Nice for dinner and at 11 P.M we were fast asleep on our comfy beds.

 

The next morning we got ready and left for Cannes. A nice and refreshing drive along the coast again. Cannes, like Monte Carlo was oozing with luxury and affluence. First we took a ferryOur FerryCannes to Ile Sainte Marguerite Island. The island is most famous for its fortress prison (the Fort Royal)Ruins, in which the so-called Man in the Iron Mask was held in the 17th century. After spending a couple of hours in the ruinsCannes and exploring the islandShingle BeachOcean we headed back to Cannes. We walked over to Palais des Festivals et des Congrès, The site of Cannes Film Festival, took some shots on the Red Carpet, imagined being a celebrity and quickly came back to reality :). The rest of our day was spent leisurely at the harbourCannes admiring the countless bright white yachtsYatchs glistening in the Mediterranean Sun. Each one was a masterpiece in itselfQueen Yatch. After a short walk around the city centre we headed back to Nice.

 

We had a “Nice” evening walk along the coastNice Walk. The multi-coloured lights on the entire stretch of our path felt like walking onto a dance floor minus the loud music.

 

Two days in the amazing Côte d’Azur were almost over and the next morning, with an amazing last glimpse of the coastline we bid Au Revoir to the French Riviera and said Guten Tag to Munich, Germany.