My summer kicked off with a trip to Europe. Three days after graduating college, my then boyfriend and I flew into Zurich and took a connecting flight to Nice, France. When booking our trip, almost every hotel around Nice and Monaco was booked or had sky-high prices because of the Grand Prix taking place that week in Monaco. We found a quaint, little hotel in Nice called Hotel les Cigales. It was a short walking distance from anything you would want to see in Nice, especially the water, which was my favorite part about it. We couldn’t resist walking along the beach lined with glamorous hotels every night, even when we were super tired.
The must-do thing while in Nice is walking up Castle Hill (so many steps!) to get the perfect view of the coast. There’s a park near the top where you can have a nice picnic or relax while enjoying that sea breeze.
We also walked along the square called Place Messena and went shopping at Avenue Jean Medecin. One of my favorite things about Europe was that there was a Zara wherever you went and it’s one of my favorite stores!
Seafood is definitely a super popular in the French Riviera. The first night I had a huge pot of mussels, but my favorite meal while there was the seafood paella which was absolutely amazing. The gelato that we got at Gelateria Azzuro was also so good and I would have happily eaten it for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
The main reason we chose to stop by the French Rivera was to go to the Monaco Grand Prix. While it was definitely really exciting because the atmosphere was so busy and there was so much hype everywhere, I definitely want to go back to Monaco to visit when it’s quieter. I can’t complain though because the glamour and luxury surrounding the race is an experience you can’t miss. It was like walking through a magazine!
Of course, the famous Casino is a hot spot in Monaco but unfortunately, the race track is set up in front of it so it was hard to capture its true beauty that weekend.
To get away from some of the hustle and bustle, Monaco has the cutest little cobblestone streets that you can walk along to find a pastry shop (those raspberry tarts are so yummy!) and then walk up the stairs to a little square where the Prince’s Palace is and watch the yachts pass by.
Monaco is definitely a little gem and a must-see when in the South of France. I can’t wait to go back!
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