Week in French Riviera

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After our weekend in Cinque Terre we returned to Torino for one night before heading to Antibes on the French Riviera. We drove around 4 hours through the mountains and multiple border crossings and toll roads.

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OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAAntibes

Antibes is a Mediterranean resort in the of southeastern France, on the Cote d’Azur between Cannes and Nice. My boyfriend’s family has spent their summer there for the last 15 years and was so nice to visit the place I’ve heard so much of.

There are 48 beaches along the 25 km (16 miles) of coastline that surround Antibes and Juan les Pins. Needless to say we spent most of our time by the beach or the pool.

The old town of Antibes was charming. Yummy gelato, beautiful little houses and cute, tiny streets. They were just building a ferris wheel outside the old town when were there but it was not finished during our stay. Maybe next time we will go for a ride on that one. Cause for sure there will be a next time!

One day we drove by Hotel du Cap-Eden Roc. Since 1870 the glamorous white-walled hotel has been one of the most storied and luxurious resorts in the world. Guests who flocked there included Marlene Dietrich,  F. Scott Fitzgerald and Ernest Hemingway, the Duke and Duchess of Windsor and Winston Churchill. Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton conducted an affair and honeymooned there. Unfortunately didn’t get a photo of the hotel as we were just passing by.

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Cannes

Once a small fishing village, now Cannes is known as a glamorous and expensive seaside town and the home of Cannes Film Festival. During the festival, fans can see actors, celebrities, and directors up close and in person on the famous steps of the Palais des Festivals at the end of La Croisette. My boyfriend said he once saw Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie in Cannes (jealous!!).

During our week on the French Rivera it was raining on two days. Those days we tried to spend shopping in the bigger cities. Cap 3000 -shopping centre was a perfect place to spend a rainy afternoon.

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Monaco

It takes 1,5 h to drive to Monaco from Antibes. We visited it during a rainy day and again couple days after for a dinner and a night out. Monte-Carlo is a place of it’s own. The fancy cars, casinos, huge yachts, luxury shops… it feels like only millionaires live there.

And it is actually not far off. Did you know one of the main reasons why a lot of wealthy people decide to move to Monaco is to reduce the amount of income tax they must pay? Monaco residents are not subject to tax on their worldwide income.

PS. If you are traveling to the French Riviera please visit the village of Èze. We stopped there quickly on our way to Monaco but as it was raining really heavily at the time we just ended up having pizza there but couldn’t really walk around.

Overall we had a wonderful week in the French Riviera, it was all about taking it easy, relaxing and eating good food.

xx

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