Oh La La....it's so Nice in the French Riveria

Trip Start Jun 23, 2012
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Trip End Aug 02, 2012


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Saturday, July 21, 2012

Leaving Florence we travelled to Nice on the French Rivera. Arrived at Pisa by 9am. Had mainly a toilet and photo stop, spent a bit of time getting those essential tourist shots of us pushing the tower back up. Lots of fun doing group ones. That's about all there is to see there, lots of tourist vendors selling the same items including Rolex watches....genuine of course! Bit of a seedy area and we were warned to beware of pickpockets.
Drive on until we stopped at an auto grille for lunch. They are an education, you have to push to line up and pay for food first, then wait until your food is called. You need to be very assertive in Italy to get service!
A beautiful drive next to Monaco, one of the best of the tour. Mountains meeting the sea and approximately 170 tunnels. We had some free time at the casino in Monte Carlo and most of us did some dough in the slot machines. Beautiful inside and the cars outside were all worth a great deal of money....ferraris etc.
Back on the coach and a quick stop at a perfume factory where we had a test of 8 bottles of cream and had to match them to pictures such as lavender, coffee etc. I was the only one who got them all right and the lady doing the tour suggested I might become the next nose as the people developing the perfumes are called, then she went on to say that they cannot drink any alcohol or eat spicy food, so maybe not such a great job after all.
Got to our hotel in Nice by 6.30 so a long day on the road. Stayed at the Radisson on the beach front, very nice. Ten of us went for ten minute walk for pizza and rosť wine the specialty of the area, and then had one very expensive drink ($14 scotch ) in the bar on the hotel to floor. We felt like a couple of peasants in Nice.
Next day.....no wake up call.......!!!!!!! First time in two weeks, heaven - stayed in bed until 9am. Had nearly the whole day to ourselves, we did not do much. Walked on the magnificent promenade, the beach here is smooth rocks, no sand. Million dollar views, light breeze, sunny and warm...amazing place. Had lunch on the beach under umbrellas, pizza, salad and rose wine again. Yum.
At four some of us did the optional tour to a little hilltop medieval village called St Paul de Vence. What a gorgeous and amazing place, so French. Little streets and beautiful shops carved into the limestone. Loved it! Had a thunder storm while we were there and the water was thundering down the streets, good way to clean it out...of rubbish and tourists.
Next we went onto our restaurant high in the hills above the ocean and first played some boule....pretty competitive and lot of fun. Dinner was lovely especially the roast lamb. More rosť for drinks, those kiwi girls are a terrible influence!
The French Rivera is a beautiful area and smells of money! But one street back from the beach promenade it's quite grotty and ordinary. Lots of casinos here also. Be nice place to return for a longer visit.
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