While we loved our stay in Nice very much, there is only so much you could do in that small city. And since Nice is located in a convenient spot for you to take day-trips to nearby cities, we decided to head to Eze.
To get to Eze you can take bus 82 or 112 from Nice. It’s literally about a 20 minute bus ride. Eze is a small medieval town located on the top of a cliff. It has been described as an “eagle’s nest” because of this location which overlooks the beautiful French Mediterranean. This small little town should be on the top of your list when you are in South of France.
Eze is also home to many ateliers. But since we went during winter time, they were all closed. It’s a trade off, I guess, since we didn’t have to squish with other tourists in these small streets.
The place is incredibly enchanting. Not like our usual visit to any city’s “old town.” In Eze, you’re actually walking through relics. I loved the ambiance of the entire town there. I can imagine it being even more beautiful during the spring/summer.
Monte Carlo is 20 minutes away from Eze, so 40 minutes away from Nice. Bus 112 takes you there as well. I’m not sure how I feel about the city as a whole, but it does have great views as well. And the port is also extremely beautiful, as are its numerous yachts hahah.
I’ve learned several interesting facts about the city since my visit. 1) The residences don’t have to pay taxes. 2) They speak a language called Monégasque, which is a mixture of Italian and French. 3) It is the second smallest and most densely populated country in the world.
Pretty intriguing right? Also, when we went to the tourist office to get maps and bus information and asked for restaurant recommendations, we got the response “We are not allowed to make any restaurant suggestions.” They explained that it’s a government rule.
We started by going to the famous casino, which we were unable to enter since we were wearing “inappropriate” outfits. Pity. But not really, because I have zero clue how to gamble.
We ate lunch at the famous Cafe de Paris. I ate a daube de boeuf, which was decent. With places like these that are only known simply because it is known, I never expect the food to be too great.
We also climbed up to the Palais du Prince…which offers THE BEST view of Monaco. Incredible. It’s a small trek, but worth every step. However, we couldn’t actually go inside either, so we walked around the area. But, luck was on our side, we saw the Prince himself! We didn’t know who he was at first. We were just strolling around and saw a man in sunglasses and nice suit step out of a car. Two women waved to him, and he waved back. It wasn’t until we entered a chocolate shop that made the chocolate for the Prince’s wedding did we realize it was the Prince himself!
I’m not sure if I would come back to this place if I were to go to South of France again. I mean, if I did, someone give me a yacht….because that’s where I would be.