After we left Paris, we took the high speed train down to Avignon. We snagged our own little table so we were able to play cards, sip wine, and eat sausage (Viet’s favorite thing about France):
Avignon is a charming medieval town was home to the Papacy in the 1300s:
While in Avignon, we stayed at a lovely hotel Hotel de Garlande that Melissa recommended to me. Reasonable rates, delicious breakfast, and clean & bright room. We explored the old papacy (fascinating) and strolled on the bridge. We had to run to make it to the bridge before it closed, but man was it worth it. Looking out of the little chamber underneath the bridge was one of my favorite views we saw that day. After strolling on the bridge and touring the papacy grounds, we relaxed eating garlic fries and enjoying a nice cool drink while listening to live guitar music in the square.
Antibes is a quaint beach town. We loved walking down the long oceanside wall until we reached the Picasso Museum. We lucked out with our hotel: Hotel Royal Antibes (another winner). The beaches here are clear and blue.
We spent a bizarro 24 hours in Monaco. It was one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever been. It’s a super polished schwanky town built into ocean cliffs. We stayed at the Monte Carlo Bay Casino, and what a place. There’s really no reason to leave the hotel. They actually have warm sand on the pool floor (no joke). Thanks, Chase points. After all the fine french cuisine we’d had on our trip so far, I caved and ate chicken nuggets and fries poolside (with a glass of champagne) for an afternoon snack.
Le sigh. Up Next in the recaps: Nguyening in the Riviera continues with Nice & St. Paul de Vence.