Okay, last vacation recap post, I swear. Although, I don’t know about you, but I’m really sad to see this series of recaps end, because it means the trip is officially donezo. Wahh! And PS, as I was editing these photos yesterday, Photoshop crashed right as I was nearly finished. At that moment, I REALLY wanted to be back in Saint Jean Cap Ferrat.
What can I say about Saint Jean Cap Ferrat? Little town, long name. Situated at the base of Cap Ferrat, which is smack dab between Nice and Monaco. Stunningly beautiful. Crystal clear waters and towering cliffs in the distance. Like something out of Tender is the Night (one of my fave books, and why I had pined to see this part of France!).
For this leg of the trip, we stayed at the Royal Riviera, a beautifully restored hotel that sits right on the water. It was a completely different gig than our rustic apartment rental in Aix, and made the whole French Riviera experience complete!
The Cap (or cape, in English) has a 9 km foot path that runs along its perimeter. Along the foot path are beautiful homes and spectacular views of the water and the coastline. In the distance you can even see Monaco! Tons of yachts anchor next to the Cape, where the bay gives them a little more protection from the wind. Out of sheer curiosity, when I got back to the States I looked up how much it would cost to rent one of those mega yachts (some of which can be 500 feet long). Just to give you an idea, the Eclipse, which is currently the world’s largest yacht at 558 ft, starts at $2M per week. Which is a bargain when you consider it reportedly cost a billion to build, and refueling it alone costs $650,000. I would say “blogger trip!” but yeeeah…probably not.
Is this France or the Caribbean? The water was so, so blue, and crystal clear. I totally get why it’s called the Côte d’Azur. Pretty amazing.
A few nights, we’d walk into the town of Saint Jean and have dinner. It was fun to walk around the docks and look at all the sailboats! After a few days of exploring the Cape (and spending a lot of time by the pool), we decided to take the train down the road a bit…
It will never cease to amaze me that in this part of the world, you can simply hop on a train for €1.60, and three stops later be in a place like Monaco. Or, maybe ten stops later, be in Italy. If I hop on CalTrain (and pay about 5 times that much), ten stops later I’ll be at Belmont or Redwood City or somewhere that is most definitely not Monte Carlo.
We had a fun time strolling around Monte Carlo, checking out the casino, and of course, window shopping. I was OBSESSED with this Van Cleef necklace. How beautiful is that??
It was a hot day, and after seeing the main town square (and more ridiculous yachts in the harbor), we had gotten the general idea and retreated to a little cafe complete with decks built out over the water and enjoyed a two hour lunch. Another moment in which life did not suck.
But mostly, we hung out around the hotel. The pool there was gorgeous and quiet, and the hotel had it’s own private sandy beach.
Aaaaand, fin. I hope you guys enjoyed seeing what our trip was like! I really can’t recommend France enough. Such a beautiful place, with amazing people too!
Photos by Victoria McGinley for vmac+cheese