French riviera!

Trip Start Apr 28, 2012
Trip End Jun 06, 2012

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Flag of France  , Provence,
Tuesday, May 15, 2012

After leaving the cutest and quaintest hotel ever, we made our way from Italy towards the south of France.  Enroute we had a short stop at the little town of Pisa.  After a short walk past the city walls, we went through the center gate and saw ... the leaning tower!! OMG!! It truly is fascinating. You cannot believe how much it does lean.  Even after doing work to shore it up, it  still is 14 feet off center.  The weather was clear skies, so the marble tower shows wonderful against the clear blue.  

A short stop here and it was off again towards Nice.  In order to be sure we all kept awake, a small contest was started. Count the number of tunnels you drive through until you get to France.  Sounds easy, right.  But after having 169 marks in our guide book, we finally reached France.  The views from the hills onto the Mediteranean are fantastic. Azure colored water and villas literally hanging on the edge of the cliffs

We drove above Monacco before we got to Nice, with hundreds of vachts floating in the harbour. Nice is a very large city with no really old district to speak of.  But we have excursions planned for the Town of St.'Paul de Vence and back to Monacco for supper and gambling in Monte Carlo!

St.Paul de Vence is a medevial town of the 1200's on the top of a hill just outside Nice.  Cheryl and I could have spent hours wandering around the town streets which are only 4 feet wide.  Some great photos, a few souveniers and the best hot chocolate later we headed back to Nice to get ready for Monacco.

It is only 2 1/2 miles long, but they sure do cram in the buildings. We hit the casino, and I doubled my money before letting in ride one spin too long. Oh well, I still have the pay-out slip showing 4€ cents.  Oh and the tunnel contest - Cheryl won a bottle of wine with the correct number of tunnels - so we were both winners!  
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