DAY 7 - CONTIKI TOUR 3 Nice on the French Riviera
18.01.2007 - 19.01.2007
Today was possible one of the nicest days we have had one tour and after our first and only late start of the entire tour we walked along the Promenade des Anglais which runs along the beach. It was an amazing day although not warm enough to tempt us to go swimming. Nice is one of those cities that enjoys a pebbled beach and some of the areas along the beach are reserved for 'hotel guests' which translates into 'those with money' and since we were not dressed for the occassion we were quite happy to observe the wonderful views.
After walking along the Promenade we found a great local flower and food market which was an amazing thing to see. Completely run by locals we were able to sample different types of food (mostly olives) and see all kinds of beautiful flowers and we both felt very cultural for the experience. We decided that we would have some lunch overlooking the market in this great cafe and feeling very french we ordered the traditional food - Crepes!
After lunch we reluctantly walked up the hill the Le Chateux which offers amazing views of Nice and of the water looking back towards Cannes. We got some fantastic photos before heading back into the city down Avenue Jean Medecin which also happens to be the shopping avenue of Nice.
For tonights entertainment we headed to Monaco and had a fantastic Montesque dinner before viewing the Palace du Prince and views out over Monaco. We then headed into the city centre and visited some Casinos although we avoided going into the Grand Casino as just the entry fee was $10 Euro. Monaco is an amazing place and is the world's most densely populated country and second-smallest independent nation; with a population of just 32,410 and an area of 1.95 square kilometers. It also boasts more millionaires per capita than any other country and relised heavily on its casinos for revenue. Another great thing about Monaco is that its residents dont pay any taxes so we are under the distinct feeling that the casinos help out alot!