monaco & eze

9 February 2009 at 1:06 pm 3 comments

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Sunday marked our first real AIFS excursion from Cannes – a day trip to Monaco and a small perched village called Eze. Fortunately, the sun was finally shining, and the entire day was filled with sights of unparalleled beauty. After a late Saturday night, the early-morning bus ride passed in a flash. I took a catnap, and when I awoke and looked out the window at the vast sea, sparkling sun and hundreds of coral-orange mediterranean rooftops, I was once again breathtaken.

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The Castle

We began our morning exploring Monaco, starting at the Musee Oceanographique and walking through a quaint park up to Prince Albert’s castle. The flag was raised, which meant he was inside, but unfortunately he never came out. We stayed and watched the changing of the guards, which was fascinating, and were entertained even while we were waiting as we watched a seagull parade by before the guards. All of the tourists were taking pictures of it as though we were the paparazzi. It was the silliest seagull I’d ever seen.

Up by the castle, we had the most gorgeous view of the entire country. Monaco is just shy of 2 square miles! Monaco citizens are lucky people — they don’t have to pay any tax. They are also all millionaires, of course. Apparently to become a Monaco citizen, some people are on waiting lists for nearly half a century. My roommates and I kept talking about how Grace Kelly had the most extravagent life – being both a movie star and royalty. Prince Albert met her at the Cannes Film Festival and then asked her to be his princess! It was sad, though, when we passed the point where she died.

In the afternoon we ended up back at the Musee and spent some time looking at fish – of course, once again I went crazy taking pictures in the aquarium, just like how I took too many pictures of the dinosaur bones when we were in London. Oh well! And the day wouldn’t have been complete without a trip to the casinos in Monte Carlo. We didn’t pay to go inside, but we were able to check out the slots. I was tempted to play a little, but too many of my friends lost their money in the short amount of time we were there, so I opted not to.

My fellow AIFS students in Eze

My fellow AIFS students in Eze

"Barbara"

"Barbara"

The day concluded in Eze, a small perched village close to Monaco. I was so excited to see Eze, because Heather has been talking about how much she loved it ever since she went there. We visited the exotic gardins, which were at the top of a steep hill. I was sure my legs were going to stop functioning by the time we reached the top – so many stairs! I’ll never have to worry about eating too many baguettes with the amount of exercise I’m getting! The view at the top was worth the workout, though. Elegant statues were scattered up the pathway, each accompanied by a short french poem and a name, and there were exotic cactuses everywhere we looked. At the top, we could see the horizon stretch out before us and the rooftops lining the coastline into the distance. The sun was beginning to set, and I was sad to discover that the glare in my photos took away so much from the beauty. I wish that my words and my photos could more justly show the magnificence I’ve already seen along the French Riviera. I suppose that just means that all my readers should come visit to see for themselves!

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quelques observations vieux nice et le carnaval!

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  • 1. Heather  |  9 February 2009 at 4:27 pm

    I am so happy that you had a sunny day for the Monaco and Eze trip! It sounds like you had a wonderful time and enjoyed the trip as much as I did in 06. Yay!!! I hope we can catch up soon!

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  • 2. Adam Vaccaro  |  9 February 2009 at 8:35 pm

    gotta love a silly seagull!

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  • 3. Baird  |  11 February 2009 at 6:27 pm

    What were the poems about? The ones that accompanied the statues, I mean.

    Yay for beautiful weather in beautiful places!

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