Hi Ladies! Happy day before the 4th!
I thought I'd jump right in from where we left off in my France Travel Diary Part 1 where I discussed my time in Cluny and Theoule Sur Mer, so if you haven't read it yet and want a little insight, hop to!
From Theoule Sur Mer in Cannes, we decided to take our time driving to Eze which is about an hour- hour and a half drive to the East. We wanted to take the long way to get a really good idea about the small towns on the way that we didn't spend time in. We drove through Cannes, Nice, and Antibes and my favorite by far was Antibes. The old part of the city was quaint, charming, and old, which of course, I am a sucker for. Fun fact: I was a History major in college at UCLA and love learning about European countries!
Old Town Antibes is definitely a place I would love to see more of next time I go to France. I would recommend visiting Antibes for lunch and day time excursions while having a hotel similar to Tiara Yaktsa due to its somewhat remote location and breathtaking views. This part of the city is what you would expect when you think of cute French villages by the water. Colorful and lively with lots of charm due to the historic buildings and streets.
From Antibes, we ventured to our final French destination, Eze, a famous Medieval village high above the sea overlooking the gorgeous Cote d'Azur! It truly was magical. We stayed at Chèvre d'Or, really the only place I would ever stay in Eze due to its wow factor (that I doubt could be beat elsewhere). The hotel is built into the walls of the village with its pool, bar, grounds, and restaurant accessible only to hotel or restaurant guests. It legitimately was a one of a kind experience that I hope to share with my husband Chay as it is the most romantic hotel!
After drinks, we went to our room to change, and then explore the property on our way to the pool. I was giddy and felt like a kid in a candy shop. I was just so taken aback by how stunning and ornate everything was, not to mention meticulously preserved. You have to go! I don't care how, sell a kidney, it's worth it!
After a very relaxing day pool side soaking up the sun and views, we had the hotel make reservations for us in Monaco, which is only a 15 minute drive East.
Things I would suggest:
1. Research places in advance for dinner if you want to venture outside of the hotel. We took a so-so recommendation and didn't mind too much but wish we would have researched ourselves.
2. The hotel restaurant, La Chèvre d'Or is a famous 2 Michelin star restaurant, so if you're a foodie, go! Its pricey but it's a resounding fabulous place to spend at least one night.
3. The hotel is so fabulous, I would try to spend as much time there as possible to get some r and r (if you are only spending a couple days here). Venture to nearby Saint Jean Cap Ferrat or Monaco for brunch, but definitely soak in the beauty while you're paying for it!
4. The village is TINY, so maybe set aside a couple hours to see it and walk the small passage ways but you won't need much longer than that. Sneakers or comfy sandals would be best for this.
5. Monaco was cool but totally not a place I'd spend too much time seeing as I'm not a billionaire or love to gamble. However, it is a sight to see and I would suggest a meal or half day there. I love everything about the French Riviera so wanted to see as much as possible and suggest the same to anyone coming here, as long as it doesn't take away from the quality time you could be having getting to know the areas you most want to spend time in.
More on my trip to come, so keep your eyes peeled for a post on my time at Ashford Castle in Ireland.. Let me know if you have any other recommendations and places to stay, Id love to know!