Monday, 5 July 2010

Europe Part 5: Cannes & Monaco

Apologies for this being late with this post, as I was in Dallas twice in the last two weeks.

As I mentioned in my Nice post, while Nice is OK, the reason to go there is to visit Cannes & Monaco. And next time, I would skip Nice and just stay in Cannes. Though home to a world class film festival, it's more picturesque than Nice, just as accessible, and no more expensive. And the beaches are nicer.

It has a great set of markets. There's one that includes clothes as well as food, and here Chesley bought a bikini, I bought a sweater and I should have bought a great pair of Italian shoes.

It's home to movies. Here's two filming locations from the movie "French Kiss": the Hotel Carelton. Luc (Kevin Kline) and Kate (Meg Ryan) stay here...

...and eat here. In fact, it is in this restaurant that Kate sees her ex-fiance (Timothy Hutton) and his new fiancé (Suzan Anbeh), falls over a cart, and crawls around on the floor trying to hide.

Cannes is home to beautiful models, who just seem to want to pose in trees.

Okay, that was Chesley. But she's still beautiful.

Cannes, like Nice & Monaco, has an old section...

...and a magnificent harbour full of zillion dollar yachts.

What it doesn't have is a casino like Monaco's.

Where Cannes is laid back, Monaco is opulant. You see a lot of this.

Monaco is home to a fabulous aquarium (which one day I hope to have the time to go in) and a beautiful palace (where we missed the changing of the guard because I didn't get us off the bus at the correct stop).

Monaco is also home to the Grand Prix, which took place about a week before we were there. The track is made up of the city streets. Run since 1929, it is widely considered to be one of the most important and prestigious automobile races in the world. Curbs in Formula 1 are red and white. They were still there when we were there (maybe they are there year round; I'm not sure). We got to the Mirabeau hairpin...

...the tunnel and the entrance to the chicane...

...and La Rascasse corner (named after the restaurant at the corner).

Monaco is indeed pretty.

Next Europe post: Venice.

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