2014 France / Italy Ride Continued
While Jay and Alex were of on their adventure, I stayed at the Novatel Montefluery Hotel (our home away from home in Cannes). They left Sat morning and I walked downtown to the main shopping street of Cannes and did some shopping (mostly window). As I walked I noticed names of stores on either side of the very long street and at one point I noticed that the stores started repeating themselves in reverse order and on opposite sides of the street—interesting. After having lunch and briefly becoming lost, after asking directions, I made back to the hotel uneventfully. Sunday morning Alex’s wife, Isabelle, and 2 1/2 year old daughter, Valentina, came by the hotel and we drove down to the malecon along the waterfront and had a nice walk, visit and coffee stop. I asked Isabelle’s advice about going to Monaco and she suggested that the train would be best. Monday morning the hotel shuttle took me to the train station and I boarded for the hour long ride to Monaco. The train station in Monaco is right in the middle of Monte Carlo and, after a brief map check, I struck off toward the Casino, had a look and then started a longish hike around the small “kingdom” hitting most of the highlights like the harbor, the aquarium, the cathedral and the palace. Finally I spotted a “Hop On/Hop Off” tour bus and boarded to make a more complete tour with a little background and history as it went along finally bringing me to a stop near the train station where I got off and began the ride back to Cannes. Compared to other areas we have visited on this trip, Monaco is definitely a place for the rich and famous with it’s Casino, upscale shopping and restaurants and elegant apartment buildings. When I got back to the Hotel in Cannes, Jay had not yet returned so he and Alex had a longer ride back than I had expected, but he arrived shortly—tired and happy. The next morning I had a very nice swim in the lap pool at the sports center next to the Hotel and we spent the rest of the day resting and packing for our long trip home early the next morning.