A few snaps of Monaco taken from the car as we arrived. Love the old apartments hugging the side of the mountain and crowding the roads.
Oh look Matthew! It's us!
Not quite sure if you can see them clearly, but I'm loving these chandeliers on the terrace of this apartment - certainly adds a bit of a wow factor! Wonder how they'd look on my terrace?
The kids taking a dip in the glorious Mediterranean Sea, they even spotted some very colourful fish while snorkelling.
Pretty happy with myself - eating a Monaco Bar in Monaco. How cool is that!
The white umbrellas on the private beaches.
Casino Monaco - very James Bond (even with Aston Martins parked out the front)!
The red of the Esterel Mountains certainly provided a spectacular backdrop to the blue waters of the Cote d'Azur...
and just around the corner from where we stopped to take these photos was the pretty little village of Agay and its peaceful bay. A perfect place to stop for an icecream on the beach and to watch the sunset. Bliss. I don't ever want to leave.
How about that for a new moon rising on the French Riviera? Beautiful? Oui!
The village of Grasse in Provence - home of French parfum (yes I did buy a large bottle - well when you are in the birthplace of perfume, it is your duty as a woman to buy perfume!)
From the outside you would never know that this little cathedral in Grasse, the 11th century Notre Dame du Puy, was home to a small collection of Rubens paintings...
It's always worth having a wander through the churches, so many treasures to see...
The original perfumer
Oh, I do love a good basket shop! Got a nice one from here.
How cute is that Orangina umbrella?
And I do love a wander through old lane ways. Grasse had quite a few of those.
Did you know Grasse was the birthplace of French actor Gilles Marini (Brothers and Sisters & Sex in the City movie fame)? It was also home to the Fragonard family, famous French perfumers (from where I bought my bottle of parfum) and was the death place of Edith Piaf and Prince Eugen of Bavaria? I didn't know these fascinating facts either, but now we do!
Taking in the sea air from the promenade in Nice, which was rather nice!
The beach along the promenade in Nice.
Chateau de La Napoule, Mandelieu-la-Napoule
Mandelieu-la-Napoule is the coastal village next to Theoule and the Chateau de La Napoule a French castle restored in the 1920's by American artists Henry and Marie Clews. Full of secret gardens and terraces overlooking the azure sea.
I loved wandering through the gardens and seeing a lot of the plants and trees we have at home - agapanthus, hibiscus, lavender, rosemary and especially the pines which were such a huge part of my childhood - I love their knobbly roots sticking up out of the ground. Rather than making me feel homesick it made me really happy to be here and to have the chance to experience this little part of France. Who would have thought it, me - not homesick? I know it shocked me too!
It was such a stunning place.
(This photo is from the Chateau de La Napoule website to show the view of the castle if you approach it from the water by boat)
The view from the top of Theoule looking back down over to Cannes and Nice.
One last sunset on the beach and a play in the water for the kids...
Boy oh boy, it was very, very hard to say good bye to Theoule. It was with tears in our eyes that we waved it off and hit the road again, this time headed for Italy...I know, it's a hard life! : ) Hoped you enjoyed a little piece of our French holiday.