Author: Sandra

Monaco: Land of the Rich & Famous

Along the Mediterranean coast of France is a tiny country for the rich and famous: Monaco. Monaco is the second smallest country in the world, trailing only behind Vatican city, but what it lacks in size it makes up for in wealth. One in three people in Monaco are millionaires (the highest in the world) and the country has the world’s most expensive real estate ($5,800 per square ft, meaning a standard 2,000 square ft house would be around $12 million). We didn’t hesitate to visit this glitzy country, as we were only 10 minutes away by train from Nice....

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Cannes We Sail? A French Riviera Sailing Trip

While everyone was flocking to Cannes for the annual film festival, we took the short 10 minute train ride from Nice with the plan of spending the day sailing! We pushed through the crowds of people trying to catch a glimpse of celebrities, and detoured around the numerous white tents set up for the festival. We just barely saw the red carpet, with the paparazzi snapping photos of Bill Murray as we walked by. Relieved to be out of the chaos and finally on the dock, we found our boat and captain Pierre. He agreed to take us 12...

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Nice: Anchor Point of the Cote d’Azur

Our true purpose in coming to the French Riviera was to stay with a few of our friends in Nice. We have always wanted to travel through the south of France, and this was our perfect excuse! We were lucky enough to have a place to stay for the week, which helped to offset the costs of the otherwise expensive French Riviera. We used Nice as a base to travel to many neighbouring cities along the Cote d’Azur: Cannes, Antibes, and Monaco, which are all a short 10-20 minutes away. But in the meantime, let me tell you about Nice!...

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Antibes: The Luxurious Beach Life

After finishing in Provence, we are spending the rest of our trip along the Cote d’Azur, the official term for the French Riviera. Our first stop is in the seaside town of Antibes, where have rented a villa for the weekend with a group of our friends. Drinks by the pool, games, and outdoor barbecued dinners kept us busy, not to mention the neighbouring sites: Antibes old town, sandy beaches, and hiking.   Antibes Old Town Antibes used to be an ancient Greek port city (Antipolis), and was heavily fortified. Today it remains surrounded by an ancient star-shaped rampart:...

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Cassis: Calanque Hopping

Heading south to the coast from Provence brought us to Cassis, a small fishing boat town along the Mediterranean. We spent little time in the town of Cassis, which was very pretty though a little overpriced and tourist heavy. But it didn’t matter, as our purpose was to use the town as our base for a hike into the neighboring Calanques National Park. There are numerous hikes throughout the park, but we chose one of the most scenic ones. The hike itself isn’t long nor overly strenuous. It can be done in a couple of hours, unless you want...

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