TMQE Travels are travelling again! This time it’s the French Riviera (or Côte d’Azur), the SECOND of our videos in the South of France, where we visit Cannes, St Paul de Vence, Nice (including Le Promenade des Anglais and La Negresco), Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild, la Tête de Chien and Monaco (including the Casino de Monte Carlo, the Prince’s Palace and the Oceanographic Museum of Monaco).
Jérémy and Ben here again! We love to travel and to satisfy our wanderlust, we are on a European roadtrip exploring the best places for a city break on the continent. We love to escape Britain to experience the best culture, cuisine and attractions that Europe has to offer. If you’re a tourist like us and just need a good itinerary for what to do and how to do it when you’re in the French Riviera, we will show you the best things to put on your itinerary.
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The French Riviera – or Côte d’Azur – is the south-eastern French coast on the Mediterranean, spanning from the town of Cassis to the Italian Border. One of the most highly sought-after destinations in the world, the area is renowned as the glamorous playground of the rich and famous, due to locations such as Monaco, St Tropez and…
Cannes is best known worldwide for its famous film festival, which takes place in May each year and features movies from all over the world competing for the Palm d’or and Grand Prix. Centring around the Palais des Festivals et des Congres, you can pose on the red carpet and see the town’s walk of fame, where the international stars of the silver screen have pressed their hands into the concrete.
Slightly inland are some more rustic towns, like St Paul de Vence. A beautiful medieval town perched on a hill above rolling countryside, this might be a little less glitzy, but is stunning nonetheless.
A few mere miles away is another high-end destination. Nice is France’s second most visited destination – behind Paris – and it’s easy to see why. A beautiful city of Mediterrenean architecture, there’s no doubt that the city is indeed very nice. Nice is nice… do you see what I did there? But what everyone is in Nice to see, is the seafront. Le Promenade des Anglais stretches for 7 kilometers and is lined with hotels, bars and restaurants. You can climb the steps to the Cadran Solaire on the Eastern end for a fantastic view along it. And it looks fantastic, even when it’s cloudy. Just think how good it would look in the summer!
Further down is Nice’s most famous building, The Negresco, a palatial hotel built in 1912. Although this was probably our favourite: the Russian Orthodox Cathedral.
The holiday home of Baroness Beatrice de Rothschild, this spectacular villa was built in the early twentieth century and houses a vast collection of art and sculpture. Its gardens are considered to be some of the most notable in France. With nine different gardens on different themes, they centre around its large central ponds, which feature fountain displays that occur every fifteen minutes. A member of the famous Rothschild family, and wife of wealthy Baron Maurice de Ephrussi, Beatrice hired at least ten different architects whom she periodically fired until they built her the villa that perfectly reflected her taste. The interiors are a collection of outstanding furniture, that fit perfectly within the Italianate palazzo. But beautiful though the rooms are, nothing can compare to the views you get from them.
One must-see for absolutely anyone is the view from La Tete de Chien, a cliff that overlooks the entirety of the microstate of Monaco. From up here, you can see an entire country in one view. The second smallest country in the world, Monaco has an entire area of 2.02 square kilometres and is a small patch of land at the bottom of steep cliffs, only 15 km from the Italian border. Over the years, Monaco has grown mostly upwards because its land restrictions mean that it cannot expand outwards. Now the most-densely populated sovereign state in the world, it is also home to the most expensive real-estate in the world. However, it is also the wealthiest country on the planet, where 30% of its population are millionaires.
Home to the Monaco Grand Prix, it is one of the most famous locations for motorsports and its enthusiasts, with its track snaking through the narrow winding streets of the city. A principality ruled by the House of Grimaldi since 1297, Monaco is a constitutional monarchy ruled by Prince Albert II. While independent, the state is closely aligned with its French neighbours, who have a stake in its government and whose army…