Back in 2006, me and Tom went on a little trip.  It was mostly to Italy, but we also went to Dublin for 4 hours, the South of France, and Brussels (see all the posts here).  Anyway, in our short stint in the South of France, we stayed in Nice and visited a bunch of other small towns in the area. One day we managed to go up a mountain and visit a different country altogether.  Eze, which is in France, is a very quaint old stone town which has become much more touristy in recent years.  So it was a bit expensive, but we did Eze the cheap way: took a bus and didn’t eat there.  The exotic garden on the very top of the place does afford some nice views, however, so we did do that:

Then, on to Monaco.  Monaco is mostly known for its famous royalty (Grace Kelley was the princess of Monaco after all) and its pretty casino.  We didn’t really do anything related to either, but we did get to see the outside of a casino.  We were definitely not dressed up enough to get in…

And look!  A fountain!

Gotta love the matching Birkenstocks.  We bought those beauties in Italy.  Anyway, those are the good pictures I have of Eze and Monaco.  It was fun, and I’m glad I did it, but unless you’ve got wads of cash to blow at the casino and can spend like 20-30 euro a person on lunch, I would not really recommend spending a lot of time at either.  Anyway, the Frugal Traveler felt similarly and wrote a post about this very topic, recommending Biot, a nearby town built of stone that is much less touristy.  And actually, I did go to Biot back in 2000, as a quick google search reminded me of the characteristic glassware with bubbles in it.  We in fact have some of that glassware at my parents’ house, if I’m not mistaken, and we also went to a pottery exhibition while we were there.  I did not remember this all right away because I thought we went to a town called Verrerie, not that a glass-making workshop was called a Verrerie.  Big difference.

Anyway, that’s all for this post.  Maybe I’ll do more South of France on Saturday, or some other part of that trip.  It’s nice seeing all these pictures again…

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