November 14, 2015

Travel: French Riviera Roadtrip (Montpellier, Cote d'Azur and Monaco)

Port de toulon, France
Nice, France
National Theatre, Nice
Russian Orthodox Cathedral, Nice, France
Monte Carlo, Monaco
Cannes, France
French Riviera Roadtrip with my dog

Some of you may know that at the end of October we took a roadtrip to the French Riviera. It was our very first roadtrip and we were very excited. Our plan was to go visit my friend in Montpellier, stop by a few places in Cote d'Azur and maybe Monaco. We hadn't decided 100% on all the destinations in Cote d'Azur but had a good idea. We rented a car for the trip and as always took my little girl Candy with us so I booked pet friendly hotels.

The journey from Barcelona to Montpellier was quick. It is about a 3 hour ride but we made a stop to get some fuel and walk the dog. I didn't do much exploring in Montpellier as I was mostly interested in hanging out with my friend. She took us to some amazing bars: the first one had a self service tap where you pay with a special card, the other one had a drink lottery, and lastly the one with the chocolate beers. We stayed in Montpellier overnight and drove out the next morning. Day 2 was mostly spent on the road since we drove by Aubagne, Marseille and Toulon before getting to our hotel in Frejus. The drive to Frejus was longer and more tiring, but we still went for a walk once we arrived.

For Day 3, we had planned Nice and Monaco. Some of the places in Nice we wanted to visit were Musée Marc Chagall and the Russian Orthodox Cathedral, but both of these were closed. And after a bit of confusion with the GPS, we found the Jardin Alber 1er and Le Miroir d'eau. We spent a lot of time in Nice and really liked the city but it was time to move on to Monaco where we stopped by Monte Carlo.

We weren't sure where we wanted to go for Day 4 but finally decided on Cannes and Antibes. The beach in Cannes was amazing. So calm and clear which is perfect for snorkelling. But since we didn't have wet suits we decided against getting into the water as it is really cold. We walked down the Boulevard de la Croisette, stopped by the Festival de Cannes and then headed off to Exflora park in Antibes.

We spent day 5 driving home, with a quick stop for lunch in Montpellier to see my friend again. The drive back was more difficult as we made less stops in order to get home faster. Our trip wasn't without a few hiccups but in general everything went smoothly and was amazing. The next one will be around Spain.

I tried to put together a short vlog about our trip. Check it out and don't forget to subscribe to my channel.

Have you done any Europe Roadtrips? Where else should we visit?

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