A train ride on the Côte d’Azur

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On our third day in France – we spent our first two days like this and this – we’d finally recovered from the go-go-go of Ireland enough to explore.

So we hopped a train and headed north, toward Monaco, without really having a plan. We’d spent the majority of our planning time on our road trip, wanting to make it the best it could be for the family. So we decided that this time, we’d just wander, and stop in whatever town struck our fancy along the way.

And I’m so glad we did…

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Truth be told, Nice was a lot bigger than I expected. The beaches, buildings, and food were to die for… but I could’ve done without the hustle and bustle of quite so many people.

Getting away to some of the quieter towns along the Côte d’Azur – wandering through the alleyways of Villefranche-sur-Mer and walking along the beaches in Èze – felt like a vacation of its own.

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We ended our ride back in the hustle and bustle, but this time in Monte Carlo, with luxury at every turn.

We walked up to the casino – gawking at the beautiful yachts and cars and feeling like we definitely were not dressed enough like Kardashians to be wandering around – and then retired back to the luxury of a good meal and a beautiful night’s sleep.

… and maybe a little more sorbet.

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  1. Posted October 6, 2014 at 2:10 pm | Permalink

    Lovely photos, the south of France is lovely and your right the quieter little villages are a real treat. It is over 10 years since I was there but I really enjoyed it 🙂

    • Laicie
      Posted October 6, 2014 at 2:14 pm | Permalink

      Thank you!! We really did love it… I can’t wait to go back someday. 🙂

  2. Posted October 6, 2014 at 3:14 pm | Permalink

    Simply stunning.

  3. Posted October 7, 2014 at 8:36 am | Permalink

    Oh man, those are gorgeous! I feel like the overall architecture and details to the buildings are just lovelier in Europe, although there are definitely bright spots in the US (like New Orleans!). Will definitely add those little towns to my itinerary when I finally make it over there!

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