Tuesday, January 03, 2006

Monaco and the French Riviera

New to Monaco is the Monte-Carlo Bay Hotel & Resort on the Larvotto Peninsula.

The hotel has a 320-foot-long lagoon sided by gardens, solariums and cabanas.

The hotel has been built by the Societe des Bains de Mer, the Monte Carlo company which also owns the 1864-vintage Hotel de Paris near the casino.

Summer rates start at $526. www.montecarlobay.com.

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Photo of Hotel de Paris: http://www.writingschool.com/timperrin/photos/Monaco%20Hotel%20de%20Paris.jpg

Photo of Monaco http://www.travelshop.de/kreuzfahrten/seabourn/monaco.jpg

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Map showing Nice airport and Monaco and places in between.
http://www.bienvenue.fr/I/Carte/nice-vence-saint-paul-over.jpg

Map of the Cote d'Azur / French Riviera/ Provence http://town.hall.org/travel/france/fr28.jpg

Map of Monaco
http://www.lonelyplanet.com/mapshells/europe/monaco/monaco.htm

Some French girls http://www.galerie-les-tournesols.fr/english/grisot.htm#

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What's the weather like in Winter? January can sometimes be a little cool and damp but Monaco and the French Riviera have milder winters than most of France. Prince Albert has gone to South Africa for some warm sun.

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What to do in Monaco?

One of the main attractions is the railway line that runs from Marseilles to Monaco to Ventimiglia.

Marseille St. Charles - Toulon - Les Arcs, Draguignan - Fréjus - St.RaphaëlValescure - Cannes - Juan-les-Pins - Antibes- Cagnes.sur.Mer - Nice - Monaco-Monte-Carlo - Menton - Ventimiglia (Italy)

Each place on the railway line has its attractions. Antibes, for example, has a water-park AQUA SPLASH, ANTIBES, France : Infoparks.com But this is only open in the Summer.

Vieux Nice has pavement cafes, music and skateboarders. Samsara, on rue Rosetti, has typical Provençal food. Matisse lived in Nice and it is worth visiting the Musée Matisse.

Map of Nice: http://www.apartments-in-france.com/images/nice-france-map-central.JPG

Dufy and Matisse and Chagall http://www.guides-french-riviera.com/dufy_chagall.htm

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Right next to Beaulieu is Cap Ferrat where people like Somerset Maugham and some of the Rothschilds have had homes. The Grand Hotel Cap Ferrat has huge grounds which lead down to the sea. Photo of Cap Ferrat http://www.beyond.fr/picsvill2/stjeancf0091.jpg

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Ancient Vence has the famous Matisse Chapel. Photo of Vence http://www.lionnel-luca.org/circonscription/photos/800/vence.jpg

The village of Eze has wonderful views. A good place to sit and have a drink is the terrace of the Chevre d'Or. Photo of Eze: http://www.gourmetvoyageurs.com/country-pages/pages-france/provence/eze/images-eze_village/eze-lrg.jpg

St. Paul de Vence was loved by Miro, Picasso and Braque. Photo of St Paul de Vence: http://widget.ecn.purdue.edu/~mlynarik/Mediterranean/Cannes/St-Paul-De-Vence/St-Paul-De-Vence.jpg

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