Mediterranean Cruise, Villefranche-Sur-Mer Monaco 2011

Again we cruise overnight on the LotS.  We slow and manoeuvre into the bay at Villefranche-Sur-Mer.  The LotS drops anchor about 2 klm of shore and the tender process begins.  We’ve  booked a bus trip to Monaco via Nice, basically the cheapest thing on offer.  Villefranche is a lovely little village hugging the shoreline, the small boats and pastel colour building provide the ideal vista as we approach.

 

Pam and Michael fresh of the tender, Villefranche-Sur-Mer. France 2011
Pam and Michael fresh of the tender, Villefranche-Sur-Mer. France 2011

 

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The coaches are lined up and waiting, we load up and wait for someone whose missing, there’s always someone missing isn’t there.  The bus winds it’s way along the Boulevard Napoleon 111 toward the Principality of Monaco.  There is a wonderful view as we pass the homes of the rich and famous.  Here and there super yachts swing on their mooring just off shore.  We swing on to Lower Corniche and continue east.  The mountains close in and the road narrows.  There are two roads passing through, the Lower and Upper Corniche, famous as backdrops in so many Bond movies.

 

Entering Monaco. 2011
Entering Monaco. 2011

 

Get Directions

 

Lots of money, lots of toys. Principality of Monaco.  2011
Lots of money, lots of toys. Principality of Monaco. 2011

 

Half an hour later the bus turns off the Corniche and into a huge underground carpark.  We have four hours to kill and head off with no real plan other than to keep an eye out for a second hand super yacht.  We walk through the perfectly manicured grounds of the Casino and Hotel de Paris noting the Ferraris, Bentleys and Lamborghini’s lining the drive.

 

Pam moves past the Ferrari and the Bentley to stand in front of the Hotel De Paris. Monaco.  2011
Pam moves past the Ferrari and the Bentley to stand in front of the Hotel De Paris. Monaco. 2011

 

The Casino Gardens, Monaco.  2011
The Casino Gardens, Monaco. 2011

 

Fort Antoine is our next stop.  It provides a great vantage point across the marina and the Italian Alps in the background.  There are lots of people about but we find a seat in the shade and just sit there and take in the view.  We give the kids a ring at home and do some general bragging about our trip so far.  The day is heating up, although the mountains in the distance are covered in cloud.  We lunch in a cafe just of the Rue-Emile-De Loth.  Everyone in Monaco appears to be here having lunch.

 

Blah, Monaco.  2011
Fort Antoine, Monaco. 2011

 

Lunch time, Rue-Emile-de Loth, Monaco.  2011
Lunch time, Rue-Emile-de Loth, Monaco. 2011

 

After lunch we walk up to the Cathedral, then to the Prince’s Palace.  The Grimaldi this and that are everywhere.  We really enjoyed our little visit to Monaco, but it’s bus time.  We drive back via the Upper Corniche skirting Nice as we go.

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