Post # 1
My husband and I, along with another couple, are going to the south of France next month, yeah! Specifically going to Cannes, Monaco, and Nice.
I wanted to see if any of yall had advice on resturants, nightlife, sights, must sees,etc for any of these three areas.
Also, I read that you can pay to go to certain beaches that have beach chairs, and not have to lay on the rocks. Do any of you have advice on this?
Also, has anyone been to the Monte Carlo Casino? I have heard mixed things about the dress code & not sure what we should pack.
Post # 3
Out of the three, I’ve only been to Monaco and it’s beautifull.
I recomend going to visit the Exotic gardens, lovely and with that entrance ticket you can see the caves and Anthopological museum, the aquarium/ocianic museum too. There is also the royal palace which everyone loves to go see.
Have a look at their site, it’s what i used when I went last month, it has lots of info, times and entrance fee info http://www.visitmonaco.com this came in handy.
I don’t know what sort of buget you’r on, but on the right hand side of their site, as you scroll down there is a PDF download available, with discount vouchers for most places. That was great for us, just print 1 out for each person. they are valid till the end of 2012.
For the casino you pay 10€ just to go in, and the dress code is formal, men have to wear tie and jacket, no jeans alowed. Dont forget your passport because Monaco citizens arnt alowed to gamble.
If you are renting a car you might want to put it in a parking area and walk or tack a bus to sight see, cars that dont have a Monaco licence plate cant go into Monaco-Ville (where the palace + aquarium is located) we did a lot of walking, but it was great to be able to see everything.
Cant help with the beaches as we only did a day trip and it rained a bit…
Post # 4
Excellent! Thanks for the link!
Post # 5
@AnnieAAA: Sweeeeet you will LOVE it!!! Southern France is amaaaazing. I went in July too. The weather was perfect. The sun is pretty strong so make sure you pack some sunscreen 🙂
In Cannes you can see the red carpet where all of the Hollywood actors walk during the film festival, and you can take your picture on the red carpet – it’s cheesy but I think a must-do 🙂 Also, there is a great macaron shop in Cannes called Jean-Luc Pele, their macarons are scrumppppptious and a great gift to bring back for your friends and fam. http://www.qype.fr/place/121172-Jean-Luc-Pele-Cannes
If you want to do something super adventurous, in Nice there are organized tours where you can go “canyoning” – it’s like rock-climbing down waterfalls. It was one of the most fun, adventurous things I’ve ever done and I highly recommend. There’s also scuba diving but I heard from people I met in Nice that there wasn’t too much to see on the diving trips, no coral reefs or anything.
Cannes and Nice are connected by train – I’m not sure if you’re planning on renting a car but you definitely don’t need one. The train is very scenic, and it will also take you to some other cute towns. I actually liked Sur-le-Cap better than Nice or Cannes, it was more quaint and French. Also, the beaches at Sur-le-Cap were MUCH less crowded.
I don’t remember renting chairs, I laid out on the beach but there was only one sandy beach in the Nice/Cannes area and it was pretty remote. I borrowed a yoga mat from the hostel where I was staying, and that helped a lot because it was pretty rocky.
In Nice, down right near the water there is an aire fresco market and there is tons of good food and ice cream, and some shops, down there. Make sure you leave some time to shop!
Yes, there is some sort of dress code at Monte Carlo. I didn’t want to pay to go inside, since I’m not a gambler, but the people I saw going inside did look dresses up. Plus I will tell you that you will get treated much better if you dress up.
Post # 6
Oh yeah, I forgot to mention that in Monaco you have to go to the castle! Even if you’re not interested in Grace Kelly (or if the boys aren’t), it has the BEST VIEW.
Post # 7
@MsVoyageur: Wonderful!! Thank you so much!! OMG, that adventure of canoeing in Nice sounds amazing!! I am looking online but have having trouble finding info on it, do you happen to remeber the company that organizes this, or have their website?
And was it more like white water rafting, or peaceful canoeing?
Post # 8
Personally i don’t like nice, i liked cannes alot but i prefer the provence area. If you really want an authentic French vibe, go to Aix en provence. It’s only 1,5 hours by car from Cannes. Do you have a car to your availability?
Post # 9
@Lovepurses: No, no car – we will only be traveling by train. :/
Post # 10
Iäve only been to Nice and that was just passing through but Monaco is on my wish list, DH always shoots me down because it is more expensive (and he’s right). So, I would suggest staying in France and day tripping to Monaco so you have more money to shop 🙂
Havea great trip!
P.S. Don’t try to bring macaroons home, I made that mistake at the famous shop I canät spell in Paris and they got squished and greasy in my purse I had to eat them all myself…not that they were not delicious. But seriously the woman in the shop said to keep them refridgerated in august so I imagine July is just as hot and they won’t survive.
Post # 11
I second Aix en provence. I wasn’t a huge fan of Nice. Monaco is a fun, beuatiful place to visit for a day. But Aix is like a magical little Paris. I’m sure you can catch a train from Nice to Aix.
Post # 12
If you can get to it check out chateau des Baux de provence. Its this super cool village on the site of a medieval fortress. They do demonstrations of catapults and there are the castle ruins to go through. They also have a neat open air market/shopping area that was fun. The best part by far though is http://carrieres-lumieres.com/fr/home . It was a stone quarry that is not longer being used. They have transformed it into an art exhibit- projectors display all sorts of art on the quarry walls. So you walk through this cave like structure with artwork towering 3 stories above you. Aboslutely amazing.
In the town of St. Remy there is the asylum where Vincent Van Gogh was hospitalized. Its been turned into a museum that you can tour- it was really cool to see. Monacco was ok- it was a little commercial touristy for me. Very beautiful area, but I enjoy the more authentic French experience more.
Make sure you take lots of pictures to share! Its a beautiful area. Have fun!
Post # 13
@nikkialys: very interesting! Thanks for sharing!