Our next day on the trip was planned for the French Riviera—the famous Côte d’Azur. It is 570 km from Venice to Monaco. We found the accommodation through Tourist Info. When counting on that, you must remember that they are open until 8 PM. We were at Tourist Info at 7:55 PM. The lady was amiable and found us a hotel in Alassio for 60 euros. Alassio lies in the beautiful bay between Capo Santa Croce and Capo Mele on the western Riviera. It has been one of the leading international tourist seaside resorts in the whole area for over a century. It boasts a beautiful sandy beach stretching for over three km. The town itself was a little bit of a strange place. Walking on the promenade, we met only senior people or people with young children. It was tranquil, with no disco- or karaoke bars. It seems that this is the town where people come to have peace.
After breakfast, we drove towards Monaco. The day was bright and warm. After driving 70km along the beautiful coast of the Mediterranean Sea, we were in Monaco. The Navigator guided us to the parking house near the famous Casino Tunnel, and when we were ready to explore Monaco,
I have not seen such a yacht as Lady Moura, which stood at the Monaco Harbor. This was more than huge. There were also many beautiful big yachts, but this was beyond expectations.
From the harbor, we walked to the Palais du Prince. The road takes you to the hill, so having a bottle of water with you on hot days is necessary. We had it with us. We filled the bottle with water from the well when we arrived at the palace. There is also the option of washing your hands and face. Lots of tourists hang around here constantly. There are many expensive souvenir shops in Monaco Ville. We sent postcards to our moms and grandmas from the post office. The streets in Monaco Ville are clean, and you can smell the wealth at every step.
Although we saw and felt the wealth in Monaco Ville, there was even more near the Monte-Carlo Casino. The concentration of expensive sports cars was increasing. Ferraris with red brake shoes were not rare. The park near the casino was beautiful and well-groomed. We also walked in the gardens behind the casino. Here the statue of Adam and Eve stands. And surprisingly, one part of Adam’s body shines more. It seems that visitors hope to have more luck after touching it.
After a long walking tour in Monaco, we started to find accommodation in Provence with the help of the Lonely Planet guide. We chose Hotel St. Therese because of the promised view over the valley and the excellent price. Later, it turned out that the price was 34 EUR per person without breakfast. The total for two people and breakfast was 81 euros. Maybe I missed that part in the book, but this was not a good surprise and spoiled my mood a little bit. Everything was good again after this incident.
The trip continues to French Riviera.