The French Riviera has been on my bucket list for sooooo long. 🇫🇷🏝Every time we have planned a trip to Europe I have tried to weave it in somehow but to no avail. So as luck would have it, or as God would have planned it, we are docking in Cannes for my 37th birthday! 💁🏽🎈🎉🎁🎊I found a fitting quote from Alice in Wonderland “Actually the best gift you could have given her was a lifetime of travels”. So we set off on our adventure of discovering the South of France…🗺
We docked at Cannes and thankfully found a very wonderful tour guide driver for the day that could accommodate our large party. 👨🏻🚐
He showed us where the Cannes Film Festival would be taking place in just a few weeks and we learned a fun fact. 🎬🎭🎟📽🎥 The cheapest hotel in Cannes is $200 euro for a night, during the film festival it will be $2000 a night with a 10 night minimum! 💰💰💰Well that was an end scene for my bucket list! 🎞❌We sprinted through the coast passing many beautiful towns like Antibes and Juan-les-Pins and we admired many super yachts in the marinas along the way. 🏞🚢🚢🚢
And then. We arrived. At the glorious and magnificent Monte Carlo. 😍
The view down below of the rock, which is where the palaces are and the surrounding port with all the mega yachts was breath taking.🏔🌄⛵️🛥🚤🚢
We walked past the Monte Carlo Casino.🎲 I was all ready to play one big hand of blackjack for my birthday and risk it all but alas it was closed till 2pm. What a disappointment! 🎰🎲♠️♣️♥️♦️❌❌❌
One highlight was doing a lap on the Monaco Formula One Grand Prix Race track and coincidentally Shane woke up and FaceTimed me at that exact moment. They were setting up for the race. 🏎🏎🚦⛽️🛣 The driver said it takes 2 months to set up and build the grandstands, the fencing, and all the structures and signage for the race and then 2 months to take it down. It was a cool experience to do a lap, even though it took us more than 1.15 minutes to cross the finish line!
We also learned that in the tall blue modern apartment tower is the most expensive penthouse in the world- 600 million EUROS! 😳😳💶💶💶 We saw the King of Saudi Arabia’s mega yacht 😁🚢.
After our tour through Monaco we headed to Nice. We only had a half hour there and 20 of those minutes were taken up by some good ole fashion kids play. 👭👫BUBBLES! Even I couldn’t help karate chopping some of those bad boys!🙋🏽👋🏽 ⚪️⚪️⚪️
We saw enough to whet our appetites but not nearly enough to satisfy my cravings. #goalsformy40thbdaywhoswithme?🎉💁🏽🎈
Au revoir for now Côte d’Azur you amazing piece of Mediterranean coastline…🙌🏽
We ended the night with a special birthday dinner show at NCL’s version of Cirque du Soleil! 🎪 I don’t think I could’ve asked for a better way to spend my birthday! 👏🏽🙌🏽👍🏽🎈