While my husband and I were in Barcelona, Spain, we had scheduled a trip to Paris; however we had three days in between that we wanted to “wing”. In other words, we booked our trips and had three days in which we had no idea where the heck we were going to go. In our hotel room we perused the nearest countries and settled on traveling to Monaco France. Neither of us had been there before and we thought some beach and pool time would be a great option in between the two cities.
From our flight from Barcelona to Nice, France, we ordered a car from www.blacklane.com, which I highly recommend for this type of trip. In the car on the way to the hotel I snapped some pictures of the streets. I didn’t realize this until we got there, but Monaco is a Monarchy with Prince Albert II as its head of state. The Grimaldi family has reigned in Monaco for over 700 years. The streets and architecture is gorgeous, and every once in while you’ll catch a picture of the Prince hanging inside the shops and restaurants.
We stayed at the Le Meridien Beach Plaza in Monte Carlo. It was amazing. There was a private beach and salt water pool. The majority of the three days we soaked up the sun, had a couple cocktails, and had some great food and romantic dinners.
We did visit the Monte Carlo Casino. It was GORGEOUS… much different than the Las Vegas casino. I wish I could have taken pictures inside but it was not allowed. There was a ten dollar fee just to go inside. We did gamble a little and sat at the bar, but what I’ll remember most is the elaborate chandeliers and gold trim and molding.
Surrounding the casino was every high end designer shop that you can imagine, Chanel, Louis Vuitton, Prada, Dior, Gucci, you name it. Luxury cars lined the parking lot and crowded the narrow streets. Many of the tourists stopped to take pictures in front of all the exotic cars in front of the casino.
We also walked around and looked at the yachts in the harbor and watched the street performers. It was an amazing time and definitely one I’ll never forget!
Next stop? Paris! Stay tuned!