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So, its basically been years since I’ve been able to make it to a computer (with wifi) and post something on this ish. Since my last post (like, a week and a half ago), I’ve been in Monte Carlo, Monaco –> Florence, Italy –> Frankfurt, Germany –> Chicago, IL –> Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas –> San Diego, CA –> Newport, CA. So, Lord help me. I should be sick of traveling by now. Anyways…
SO, more importantly: Monte Carlo, Monaco.
We stayed at the Fairmont Monte Carlo, and I STRONGLY recommend this hotel. It’s huge. It’s clean… something I rarely came across in Florence. It’s luxurious. There is a rooftop pool and room service. That’s all ya need. Also, the staff was incredibly helpful when it came to locating my purse at a nightclub in Nice, France.. they basically made miracles happen [see explanation here]. Honestly, we rarely left the hotel in Monte Carlo… oops.
On our first day, we arrived in a cab from Nice. The hotel gave us pool passes to use until our check-in time [clutch city, Fairmont]. The pool is on the rooftop of the hotel, so you have a 360 degree view of Monte Carlo [the ocean and all]. This city is basically made of gold.. or at least, all the yachts are. Also, the Rosé in the riviera is the best in the world.. really.
On your next trip to Monaco, you have to eat on the roof of the Fairmont at the Horizon Deck Restaurant & Champagne Bar. Luckily for us, the night we chose to eat here the annual fireworks show was going on, which meant BUFFET time on the Horizon Deck. Aka: endless gourmet food, dessert, champagne, wine, etc, etc, etc. Did I mention the rosé?
The Fairmont also offers Nobu, Nobu Nights [by the pool, on the roof, after hours], and a bar overlooking the ocean filled with luxury yachts [Saphir 24.. open 24 hours obviously]. Saphir 24 has some of the best hand-crafted cocktails that I’ve ever had. Personally, my fav was their cranberry cucumber mojito.. so refreshing. But the whole cocktail list is to-die-for. When we actually left the hotel [a rare happening], we went the the Oceanography Museum of Monaco and to the Prince’s Palace [where we weren’t allowed to snap da pics]. The oceanography museum was my favorite of the two.. my favorite were these little guys:
Monaco also offered the best crepes of the trip, thus far. The crepes were actually made the CORRECT way, so they were more chewy than the ones made in the US. I got an egg and cheese crepe-aroni [you can find crepe stands everywhere].
So, unfortunately, this is where my trip to Europe ends. I’ve decided to go hang with my family [because I get so little time with them] in California and Colorado for the rest of my summer.. only because I’ve been promised another trip to Europe in the near future. And California is basically my favorite place on Earth.
More summary to come on my study adventures in Florence, Italy. Don’t forget to follow me on instagram for more ramblings!
Considering I have been studying the French language for 9 years now, I was SO PUMPED to finally be able to practice the language with some real french peeps. Also, getting away to the South of France is the perfect end to our super-difficult study-abroad week [lol, jokes jokes].
We stayed at the HI Hotel Eco Spa & Beach during our trip to Nice. We were there for two nights, but, wow, did this little beach town really get the best of us. We indulged in some great food, a lot of sun, and some really great drinks…. but the hotel was less-than-pleased that my good vegetarian friend decided to chunk a hamburger out of the window at 3 AM.. perhaps she was taking a late night stand against the meat industry? Who knows. However, the beach that the HI Hotel provided was parfait for our bronzing, eating, sipping and people watching.My favorite little breakfast spot was a place called Le Cocodile on the Promenade des Anglais. We ate brunch here both mornings… the omelets kept us comin’ back for more. Also, the prices weren’t absolutely ridiculous, so thats an extremely lucky find in the area. We got to look at perfect blue water, eats omelets seasoned to perfection and sip cappuccino. Life is hard… I know.
As far as nightlife goes, the only club we went to was the High Club on the main street, the Promenade des Anglais [this street runs down the whole coast in town pretty much]. The atmosphere was really really freaking cool, because there were 3 separate “clubs” within High club, each with it’s own vibe. Sadly, I entered the club with a huge purse and exited sans purse, so that was a little bit of a buzzkill. BUT fortunately, the hotel’s guest services at our next stop [ Monte Carlo, Monaco ] frantically contacted the club’s owner and bugged him enough, and after many e-mails and phone calls, I have all my stuff back! The people at the High Club were extremely accommodating, offered wonderful service and helped return my stuff [including ALL my credit cards, cash, camera, phone, etc]. Thats a pretty good deal.
PS: A few more pics because I just can’t help myself…