Friday, March 13, 2015

Feb. 16 part 1 Aix,Cannes and Nice, Part 1

The brochure said:

" Before leaving Monaco you'll drive along the F1 circuit towards the motorway to Cannes. Enjoy a stop in this world-renowned resort which is host to many glittering movie festivals. After stopping in Cannes you'll continue along a scenic coastal road that will lead you to Nice. Enter the city driving along the Promenade des Anglais, a splendid palm-lined boulevard stretching three miles along the Baie des Anges. You'll pass landmarks such as the legendary Negresco, an imposing hotel with a Rococco façade.
Your drive continues passing Regina Hotel to Cimiez Hill, a sophisticated part of Nice with many large villas. You'll pass the Franciscan Monastery, gardens and Roman arenas before arriving in old Nice. Here you'll visit the old city where tall houses bright with flowers or washing protect from the glare of the sun and keep the streets cool. Continue with a walk on Cours Saleya, the elegant promenade of old Nice lined with shops and restaurants and the famous flower market. The beautiful lower Comiche will bring you back to Monaco."

Well, that's what we were supposed to do but NCL CANCELLED on us once again. I don't even remember how many cancelled tours or substitutes we've had now. It's very disappointing as Monaco was #1 on both Pats and my list of places to see. Who doesn't want to see where Grace Kelly lived and died, her palace and to play a bit in the famous Monte Carlo Casino.....but the captain said the sea was too rough for the tricky dock at Monaco so we will tender in to Nice which is a more sheltered bay instead. Our captain,officers and crew have been very available to the passengers, they greet us personally whenever we return on a tender with a heartfelt "welcome back" and he speaks to us via the P.A. several times a day giving all sorts of info so got to trust him to know what's best, easiest, less scary and dangerous. First 4 pics taken from the tender

It gave me hope but this is only how close I got to Monaco

Monaco is somewhere around here, the sign gave me hope

Jade and a couple tenders

Nice tree, funny car

Must be nice in the summertime
Palm Beach Casino

Carlton Hotel
Sortir 'a cannes
Another casino

To be continued.......

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