Monday, November 13, 2017

Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild

Saved the best for last! Well I still think my day in Cannes was my favorite, but my day at Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild was a close second, if not a tie. I’d heard the name Rothschild before but was not all that familiar with the family—just knew the name sounded rich and if they had a palace that kindly allowed commoners to visit, I had to do see it. 

(pink on the outside, pink on the inside)

We started the day with lunch, drinks and desert in the dining room. The menu is somewhat limited if I remember correctly but I wouldn’t pass it up. I mean how often do you get to say you dined in a palace?!
(ladies who lunch)
(the could have given me 1 more shrimp)

After lunch we took our time exploring each and every room of the opulent mansion learning the history with audio/headphones they provided us. Beware, there’s no air in the mansion, only in the dining area and I about died, but it was fun :) 
After the hot, sweaty indoor tour we went outside for some hot, sweaty outdoor fun where we took a ton of pics of course and explored the 9 gardens on the property. Actually, we only found 2 of the 9 :-/ Don’t tell anyone, but I can’t imagine it would have gotten any more beautiful then what we saw! 
With all that said, I highly, highly recommend a visit to Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild.

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Monday, October 16, 2017

Eze

Next up on the French Riviera was Eze, the must see hillside village with amazing views, unique shopping and the very fragrant Fragonard Perfume factory. 

We spent way too much time and money at the perfume factory. From the tour, to the education on all the scents, give yourself at least 2 hours & $100+ here alone. It's a great place to buy gifts and souvenirs!
(where it all goes down)
(love the simple, yet opulant gold bottles)

Aside from the factory the village is so charming! We started off with lunch at LE PINOCCHIO and then began the trek up the hill.
(that sauce for the salmon was delicious)
I'm not sure we made it to the top, in our most appropriate slides and sandals (ha!) 
(rest stop)

But we saw great views, gelato shops, tea and soap vendors, and even a dessert botanical garden making the trek completely worth it!
(can you smell the roses?)

(monte carlo!!)
From Eze we ubered (yes there is Uber) to Monaco/Monte Carlo. It's also an easy bus ride away. Just have someone in the area point you in the right direction. I didn't get to explore Monaco the way I wanted because we got there so late, but it's quite spectacular at night and in my opinion, it's more glamorous than Dubai. I was mesmerized. 

Monday, September 18, 2017

YES WE CANNES

Next up on the French Riviera excursion was a day in Cannes, my favorite city in the Côte d'Azur. 
(do i look hot? cause i am!)

Could my love of this city have something to do with the fact that we sailed around the Mediterranean Sea for half the day surrounded by fabulous yachts. 
(trying to be as fabulous as my surroundings)
(i think i was meant to live my life on a boat)

Maybe, but the city really is just everything! It's the perfect mix between old school French charm, glitz, glam, great restaurants and even better shopping! Oooooo the shopping!!!!!! I needed more time (and money) here. In fact, it's a city I could see myself living in. 

(outfit change to match the glam)

(eye spy a very french man...in stripes)
(paella + rose)

It's a quick, easy train ride from any major city in the French Riviera and from Nice specifically it took about 30 minutes and cost less than $10. Go, stay a while, or forever if you're lucky :) 

Friday, September 1, 2017

PROVENCE: SMELL THE LAVENDER

So I moved, planned a trip to France, went to France, celebrated a birthday and long story short I took a blogger/social media break, but I'm back because the French Riviera is too fabulous not to share. I actually started the trip a little ways away from the Côte d'Azur in Provence, so I'll start there with the recap!

Provence! What can I say?! You are as lovely as the lavender fields that surround you. This region of France was not initially part of this trip. However, when I found out we would be in the area for the tail end of lavender season (late June-late July), I had to cross my fingers and hope we could see and smell the lavender. Annnnnd after the 2.5 hour trip from Nice to Valnesole, we did!

So the fields are not as purple as it is during peak, but it was still incredible to see and the smell alone was worth the ride up there. Not to mention, we got to see some sunflower fields, which was no where on my radar and ended up being the most delightful surprise!
 
Aside from the fields, Provence is just so charming and you need more than a day there, like we had. You could actually probably do a few days if not a full week. I mean it is the region for rosé after all. I didn't get to any vineyards, but here is a little more of what I did see in the area.
(everything is lavender, including the gelato)
 (speaking of food... butternut squash, cashew, honey chicken with barley)
(and the yummiest tiramisu in the cutest fait maison jar)
 
(moustiers-sainte-marie)
(bags for dayssssss)
(lac de sainte-croix)
(and that my friends is provence!)

But to wrap it up properly Provence is a bit of a journey to get to. If you are adventurous, I recommend renting a car and driving to and around the region! If you are not so brave and only want to spend a day there, I recommend using MING TOUR SERVICE, which is what we did. It is not inexpensive :-/ But you get a driver and a spacious Mercedes minivan for the day!
 
(emile a.k.a the sweetest driver in france)

Lastly, there's also the option to catch the bus or train to the area but once you get to Aix-en Provence, you will need to book a tour or something of the sort to get you to the lavender fields as they are quite a ways away from the main area. Again, it's not easy to get to, but I would do it again in a heartbeat, during high season!