Photo Essay from the Cote d’Azur

The Côte d’Azur, France is one area I never get tired of exploring. I spent a day there whilst on my recent cruise with Holland America.  Our ship, MS Ryndam, docked in Monte Carlo, after a beautiful, slow sail into the port.

Côte d'Azur France, Monaco

There’s something pretty special about a glittering sea…

One of the things I love so much about cruising, is the feeling I get when I find a quiet spot on deck and do nothing but gaze out to sea. The sound of waves gently crashing on the ship’s hull and the sea sparkling as it reflects the bright sunshine is such a relaxing experience.

Monaco Harbour

Kinda want one of these boats!

Arriving into Monaco, I was greeted by the sight of scores of grand yachts docked in the harbour. Shiny, pristine sports cars were driving past slowly in the busy streets, their engines purring gently. It’s a different world there, and one which I like to enjoy, but only for a short time.

Monaco St Devote Church

St. Devote Church

Monaco ville

Gorgeous buildings in Monaco-Ville

After a few hours, Monaco always loses its appeal as I become frustrated with the crowds of tourists. The one place I love to escape to is Villefranche-sur-Mer, and this visit to the  Côte d’Azur was no different. I jumped on a train and was in one of my favourite place in the world within a minutes. The sight that greeted me is one that I always miss when I’m gone, and could spend hours looking at when I’m there.

Villefranche-sur-Mer France Côte d'Azur

One of my favourite views

Villefranche-sur-Mer is a small fishing town, which I love partly because it’s never too busy with tourists, although it is becoming gradually more well-known. There are some great restaurants on the water’s edge, Les Corsaires is my favourite and one which I definitely recommend. The town itself has narrow, steep streets as the town seems to rise up straight out of the water up the cliffs.

Villefranche-sur-Mer France

Adorable streets

The south of France is truly one of my favourite areas in the world. It’s drop dead gorgeous, the cuisine is amazing and there’s so much to do. There are so many little towns and villages along the Côte d’Azur that are absolutely stunning, and well worth exploring. It’s one of my travel dreams to spending a long time visiting all the different towns and villages along the coast that look interesting. Grab a map, pick a place, and just go…

3 Responses to Photo Essay from the Cote d’Azur

  1. Shanna Schultz

    Great minds think alike! I feel like I never have enough time to spend in the south of France. I would LOVE to rent a house for a week or two down there to stay in and really feel like a local (plus, it is cheaper than staying in a hotel…)

    Let me know when you want to get together and tear it up in the south of France!

    • Emma Gray

      I’d like to rent a house there for like a month! I guess I’d settle for a week or two though ;) let’s do it. Summer 2013 here we come!!

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