Friday, January 23, 2009

Monaco and Nice

I think I will take a tour every Saturday. What about you? Would you care to join me? For this week, let's go to Monaco and Nice. Remember to click on the pictures if you want to
see them enlarged.

We took a Mediterranean cruise and one of the stops is Monaco. When we woke up, this is what greeted us in the balcony. Isn't it beautiful? The yachts were pretty amazing, just look at the size! Monaco is a principality that is very rich. In fact, if you can establish residency there, that is, if you can afford to, you will never have to pay income taxes. It is really ideal to live there because aside from its beauty, there is no crime.
Here is the palace of Monaco. Do you see the flag flying? This means that Prince Albert is on site.
We took a tour going to Nice and we drove along the coast. I couldn't decide which side I would take pictures of because everything was so breathtaking. Let me just show you a few pictures I took. I am not even sure if they are in Monaco or on the French side since the only thing separating the 2 is a small rock, or rather, a big stone.

We made a stop at an olive plantation. Aren't the olives pretty?

Most of the time we travel during vacation time so that we can take my granddaughter with us, and there she is! See the olive trees in the background?

That's my wonderful dh posing with me.

This is the Chagall Museum, which again is surrounded by olive trees.

Aren't the orchids pretty? This was taken at the Flower market in Old Town.

Check out the marzipan. Yummy and so beautiful! Don't they look so real! My granddaughter was really fascinated by them.

Of course, a tour is not complete without shopping. I can't remember everything I bought but I remember buying some lavender potpourri and a French doll

Le Chateau in Old Town

another interesting store

The beach along the Promenade de Anglais.

along the French Riviera

This gorgeous site costs us the balcony. Let me explain. Just before we sailed away, we went out to the balcony to enjoy the view one more time and saw 2 people parasailing. AJ (my granddaughter) got so excited and started jumping which upset dh so much that he called the steward to lock the door to the balcony. Now, he won't even reserve a cabin with a balcony anymore. It makes him nervous. He is content with just an oceanview.

I hope you enjoyed the tour with me. Next week, I will have more selections since I will be home and I have more pictures stored in the desktop computer. Thank you for joining me!


Lynne (lynnesgiftsfromtheheart) said...

What a beautiful trip Christine. This is probably as close as I'm going to get. thanks for sharing. Thanks for the visit to see the miniature tea set. It is so appreicated.
hugs ~lynne~

marty39 said...

Wow Christine, what a fabulous trip. Your photos are so beautiful. I love seeing all the wonderful architecture. It is so much more interesting that what we have in the states. The shops are all so interesting and the marzipan is just gorgeous. I agree with your granddaughter, those are really fascinating. Thanks for the wonderful trip. I really enjoyed it. I look forward to the next one. Hugs, Marty

Chari said...

Hi Girlfriend...

Ohhh my goodness!!! What a beautiful site...all of your photos of Monaco and Nice!!! When Russell and I drove through France we were so close to the French Riveria on our way to Italy...I sure wished that we could have seen it!!! Thank you so much for the sight-seeing trip...loved the photo of you & John!

Well my friend, I think that your idea of having a sight-seeing trip every Saturday is grand...count me along!!!

Love ya,

prof en retraite said...

Hi Christine! When I saw Nice and Monaco, I had to rush right over! Your photos are beautiful! I love the market in Old Nice and the beautiful blue water of the French Riviera! Monaco is a perfect little jewel! And you got to see an olive plantation! What a great vacation! I'm sure this is an experience that your granddaughter will never forget! I am looking forward to a trip every Saturday. Beautiful post...Debbie

Melissa Miller said...

Hi Christine, :)
We are here to support each other. I'll be here to check out every post you do. I really enjoy blogging and commenting. I'll never forget your support to mine in the beginning as well. :)

This is breathtaking! It's all just picture perfect. I know your dear grandaughter will never forget this.
I'm with her the fruit is so amazing.
Who knew it could be arranged so beautifully. The colors just pop.

Well I am looking forward to this each Saturday. You could make it a "Mr Linky" event and other bloggers could join in and share travel photos as well. Just a thought.

Have a super weekend. ~Melissa :)

laurie @ bargain hunting said...

Christine, when you said you were going to start a blog, you weren't kidding. You will have more posts than me in a week's time! These pictures are beautiful! Thank you so much for taking us along for this trip. I'll be looking forward to the next trip! laurie

Melissa Miller said...

Oops! LOL! :) I just realized that isn't real fruit at all. I was wondering how it could be so perfect...I just Googled Marzapan.
Very interesting.

Bo said...

Hi Christine...I just found out you started a blog and rushed over to welcome you! Your photos of Monaco & Nice are just as I remember them when we were there in 2006. I sure would love to go again. I'm looking forward to visiting you again & again so I'm adding you to my blog list.
Have a lovely weekend, ;-) Bo

mbkatc230 said...

Wow Christine, you have really hit the ground running! Great post. That marzipan display is incredible, and the Chagall museum must have been fascinating. Great photos of what must have been a great trip! Kathy (ps, yes Cait is a shoe addict too, DSW is her friend lol)

Tomarie said...

Christine! I have soooooo much catching to do...but I first want to say CONGRATS on starting a blog gf!!! You're going to be amazing at it! :-)
I remember when you took this trip! The pics reflect just what a beautiful place it must be! And to live there?...well that would just be a dream wouldn't it?! :-)
Great post! L~

Susan (Between Naps on the Porch) said...

Christine...I'm looking forward to going on vacation every fun is that! Great pics! Maybe when your granddaughter is a bit older you can get a balcony room again. :-) Susan

mbkatc230 said...

Hi Christine, stop by when you get a chance, there is an award waiting for you (smiles) Kathy

Nicole ~ said...

Wow, I really enjoyed your tour!! It looks like an amazing place! You have one lucky granddaughter to share such amazing memories with.

I cannot wait to come visit you again. Have a great Sunday.


Glenda said...

What a wonderful trip that was and I didn't even need a passport or shots. "I" didn't even have to contend with any travel delays. Very much enjoy being an armchair traveler.

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