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A June 2000 trip to Cote d'Azur by jmineo

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Quote: Thirty minutes of gorgeous seaside driving west of Nice, France into Monte Carlo, Monaco. It epitomized the best of basking in the sun and savoring french provencal cuisine.

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Ferrari watching in Monaco, hanging with the nudes on the Nice beaches, yacht envy, hang-gliding in Saint Andre Les Alpes (on the mountainside behind Nice), casino action in Monte Carlo, superb french provencal cuisine, need I say more?Quick Tips: Avoid the beaches in Monte Carlo. They turned out to be a bit of a disappointment; relatively small, studded with concrete and littered. However, go if you want to brush up on your German. I think their beaches are a German hotspot. Finally, trek up to the Chateau atop the hill at the Eastern end of Nice's vast beach to take some photographs of the town. Nice bird's eye view.Best Way To Get Around: Walking is doable within the cities a...Read More

Restaurant Montagard

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Our first night in Nice after checking in at the Ambassador Hotel, we followed the advice of our desk clerk and ate at the hotel restaurant. As much as I normally hate to eat where I sleep when travelling, this venture turned out to be a gem. We figured we'd have plenty of time in old town Nice to bypass the predictable run of gaudy tourist restaurants, so we opted for our hotel's. Turns out they specialized in Provencal cuisine. The atmosphere was lively inside, seems like everyone had the same idea we had and were enjoying themselves. I seized the rare opportunity to sample fresh seafood and ordered the "St Pierre Grille", a local firm-fleshed fish char-grilled and accompanied by a skimpy salad a...Read More

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Restaurant Montagard
8 Avenue de Suede
Cote d Azur, France

Monaco

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Attraction | "Sinfully Wealthy Monaco"

Monaco Photo, Cote d'Azur, France
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Monaco was a must see on our trip to Cote d'Azur. It was only a thirty minute drive from Nice, but we opted to take the train, which runs every hour. Going by train was a good way for us to take in the sights along the way. We emerged from the tunnel to the train station into the bright light and gleaming white hulls of the harbour. Monaco is wealthy city. We noticed right away looking at the architecture. The yachts that grace the harbour are the size of ocean going liners and every second car on the street is a Ferrari. From the harbour we walked around the stands and banners for the upcoming Grand Prix and took a brief stroll down the famous straight in front of the swimming pool. The yachts r...Read More

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Monaco
Monte Carlo
Cote d Azur, France

Nice is Nice (pardon the pun)

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Nice Rooftops  Photo, Nice, France
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Our first thought in this riviera town was to try the Musée d'Art Moderne et d'Art Contemporain (MAMAC) in the middle of Nice. The Musée contains modern 'masterworks' such as Andy Warhol's "Campbell's Soup Can" and "Entablature" a shopping trolley wrapped by Christo. Unfortunately we had not taken into account the fact that the Sunday we were available for "museuming" was a holiday for the French. Consequently all the Museums were closed, including the MAMAC. Instead we detoured out to the Chateau atop the hill at the Eastern end of Nice's vast beach to take some photographs of the town. Walking down into the town from the Chateau we came into the Vieux Nice proper with narrow streets and old buildin...Read More

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Hang-gliding in St. Andres Les Alpes

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We found a treasure in a town called Saint Andres Les Alpes; a very small town (population 800 or so) in the mountains behind Nice. We wouldn't have even gone there other than the fact the town is a center for hang gliding. This happens to be one of my finer pleasures. The town is situated in such a way that the winds sweep off the Lake and up into the hills around Saint Andres creating the perfect environment for flying. Reminded me of the Santa Ana winds we get in Los Angeles. When we arrived we noticed about a dozen brightly coloured sails clustered around the peaks to the North of the town and floated down into the valley to the south. As we drove into town the shadows would follow us down the ...Read More

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Hang-gliding in St. Andres Les Alpes
On the N202, about 50 miles north of Nice
Cote d Azur, France