As promised last week, here is part two of Raasta Project on the babymoon. If you missed part one, click here.
Day 5: Marseille (France) – Mandelieu La Napoule (France)
After another delicious – yet no so healthy – breakfast in Marseille we followed the Mediterranean coast towards Mandelieu La Napoule, which is situated at the doorsteps of Cannes.
If you are in the region and have time, follow the old road instead of taking the highway. It takes longer but you get to see so much more of the landscape, the villages and the sea front. We did exactly that for some time but as the road was rather curvy, I started to feel quite uncomfortable (read: very sick) so we drove the remaining route on the highway.
We were looking very forward to our stay in the Pullman Cannes Mandelieu Royal Casino; the pictures online looked stunning. When we approached the building, we were a bit surprised as the hotel looked rather old; probably it was also due to the grey weather.
Our room was very light, big and the view over the Mediterranean Sea was stunning with a spacious balcony. We realised that the interior is a bit run down; some details in the room were not perfect (e.g. the bathroom had a funny smell, the hairdryer didn’t work).
What blew us away however was the dinner in the Royal Bay restaurant overlooking the bay of Cannes and the Lerins Islands. Our taste buds were awaken by the fine dining, the gourmet menu – where you had many options to choose from – was inspired by the great classics and Mediterranean cuisine including the use of local and seasonal products. The presentation of the dishes and the taste were making us more than happy!
Day 6: Mandelieu La Napoule (France) – Cannes (France) – Monte Carlo (Monaco) – Sanremo (Italy)
Waking up to such a beautiful view can only make you happy! With a coffee in our hands we sat on the balcony and worked on the blog.
We had a busy day ahead as we wanted to visit Cannes and Monte Carlo en route to San Remo.
We left the hotel and drove to Cannes; the weather was picture perfect and we could not get enough from the beautiful scenery whilst sitting in a coffee shop overlooking the Côte d’Azur.
We strolled along the famous Boulevard de la Croisette where we observed the preparations for the annual film festival, which takes place in May. Shops, boutiques and restaurants lined the glamorous street framed with palm trees. We even got the chance to snap a picture on the red carpet, at least kind of 🙂
It would be very easy to spend the entire day here but we really wanted to pay Prince Albert from Monaco a visit so we drove on to the second smallest and most densely populated country in the world, the Principality of Monaco. To give you an idea: the constitutional monarchy has a coastline of 4.1 kilometers (2.5 miles) and a land border of 4.4 kilometers (2.7 miles). Due to its small size, there is no distinction between the state and city of Monaco; Monte Carlo however is the most famous quarter.
Monaco-Ville, the old city on a rocky promontory extending into the Mediterranean Sea, is where the palace of the ruling Grimaldi dynasty, which has been in power since 1297 with short interruptions, is situated. The dynasty got some major attention when Prince Rainier III married the American actress Grace Kelly in 1956. Otherwise the principality is mainly known for its Formula One Grand Prix and due to being a tax haven it has the highest number of millionaires and billionaires per capita in the world.
A very brisk wind accompanied us whilst we walked through the streets; we hiked up to “The Rock” and had lunch just next to the palace.
Our way continued along the French Riviera before crossing the Italian border, our third country for the day. The drive is truly scenic and it is difficult to focus on the route for the driver!
It was getting dark by the time we arrived in Sanremo so all we did after finding our hotel was indulging in a traditional pizza and off we went to sleep.
It was then we realized we ended up having three meals in three different countries, all within one day!
Day 7: Sanremo (Italy) – Turin (Italy)
Sanremo is also known as the City of Flowers due to its floriculture of carnations and roses as well as its international flower market. On offer is the full range of cut flowers, fronds and leaves, with particular attention being reserved for those to be found in the Mediterranean area. Unfortunately the “Mercato dei Fiori”, which is held in a market hall between Piazza Colombo and Corso Garibaldi, is only open to dealers.
As the weather was lovely once more, we were happy walking along the seaside promenade lined with polished hotels and exotic gardens. Even though it was off-season the town seamed quite lively. We sat down at the seaside and just relaxed listening to the waves and enjoying the endless view on the sea.
After a “gelati” we were on our way to Turin, our last stop on this trip. We were a bit sad to leave the sea behind and head north, even though Turin, the capital of the Piedmont region, has a rich culture and history.
We were rewarded with stunning views on the Western Alpine arch when approaching Turin.
Our hotel was located right in the center and you could feel the ancient history. The evening walk led us across numerous art galleries, restaurants, churches, palaces, opera houses, piazzas, gardens, theatres, libraries and museums.
We ended the day – you might have guessed it – with an authentic meal of homemade pasta in cute, tiny restaurant we found in a corner.
Day 8: Turin (Italy) – Fällanden (Switzerland)
The last day was mainly spent travelling back home with lots of ideas and wonderful memories in our heads. As mentioned in our last post we are calmly excited of what family life will bring to us and look forward to add a travel buddy to our crew in the near future!
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