14 February 2009
14.02.2009 50 °F
Day two in the French Riviera had us zipping along the highway on a bus headed for Monaco. One of the girls that works at the hostel recommended we go via Eze Village between Nice and Monaco.
For about an hour we walked around and hit some shops. For a snack we got a stick of that yummy French bread.
The bus dropped us off near the Monte Carlo casino which is a beautiful building with gardens out front.
While we were checking out the flowers and views of the casino there was an accident right in front of us!
Luckily it wasn’t one of the Ferraris or Mercedes or Roles Royce vehicles and no one was hurt.
Monaco is separated into 3 areas so we strolled from Monte Carlo with the casino to the port area.
The yachts are unbelievable with some having its own boat on the boat!
Others had exercise equipment or jet skiis! Lunch was paninis by the water of the port. The weather was chilly but still comfortable to be outside.
On the way to the Oceanographic museum and aquarium we passed the tunnel where the Monaco Grand Prix goes. The walk comes around a corner and there is this huge building coming right out of the rock face.
It is the aquarium that Jacques Cousteau directed for 17 years and has 250 different species.
The Mediterranean fish are some of the most impressive I have seen anywhere.
After a few hours of roaming the aquarium we headed up by the Princes Palace which over looks the port.
An hour bus ride has us back in Nice where we found Chez Freddy for dinner. We had crab salad, salmon and crème brule that was fabulous. The walk back toward the main square was buzzing with floats for the Carnaval parade. You could walk around and take pictures of all the floats even before the show started.
The floats are pretty neat with moving parts and people with music.
The French were going crazy with silly string and grafitti, hitting anyone near them, including us.