Tuesday 11 June
We were hoping to get into one of the marina’s in Monaco – the first said straight away (once hearing our length) that we should contact the other marina (which we did but had no room at that hour of the morning (before check-in time)), so we proceeded very slowing down to Beaulieu marina some 6kms south (slowly as check in time is usually 13:00 and we were there well before 10am).
Needless to say once settled in we didn’t get up to much, just relaxed. Stepped ashore to complete some provisioning.
This ended up a great location as it was between Nice and Monaco - bus and train station within a 100 or so metres and a great supermarket nearby. Prices per night we think were reasonable (especially when we compare them to Italy during season).
Wednesday 12 June
Took the bus to Monaco, 20 mins away. The ride was great along the coast, very windy – very much what you see in the James Bond movie Casino Royale and the Grace Kelly movie (which I don’t remember the name of at the moment). Loads of super yachts at anchor. This is definitely the French Riviera where all the rich kids play.
Strolled around Monte Carlo and Monaco. Amazing. Wonderful architecture. So much wealth being splashed around.
Spent most of the afternoon in the Musee Oceanagraphique – this was just magical, not just the aquarium but the Prince Albert I exhibits of his explorations / expeditions was super.
Thursday 13 June
Took the bus to Nice. Had no expectations after Monaco but this place is equally amazing. Again wonderful architecture and just buzzing. The old quarter was especially something with it’s winding narrow lanes full with eateries. And the promenade was great, and so many other places too. Never thought we’d be here by boat and we are so glad that we decided to stop for a few days.
Friday 14 June
Gale force winds today so have decided to stay another day at the marina and are catching up on vital chores / admin / maintenance.