15 Jan Countdown to the Côte d’Azur
Pinch me, I’m headed to Monte Carlo, Monaco on the Côte d’Azur! This Grace Kelly fan can’t wait to cross the jewel of the Riviera off her bucket list. Yes, I will be sporting my Mont Blanc Princess Grace de Monaco timepiece on my wrist for this trip hoping a little bit of her elegance rubs off on me. One week from today I hop on a plane from the U.S. with Gal Pal Elizabeth to the Principality of Monaco; where reportedly the sun shines 300 days a year. With the frigid weather upon us, it will be a welcome change. It doesn’t matter if it’s cold, the sunshine will be delightful.
My home base for a few days will be the prestigious Fairmont Monte Carlo, one of the largest hotels in Europe. The Fairmont brand is known for its consistently good service and attention to detail. I recently stayed at the one in Boston’s Battery Wharf and hope I find the same level of luxury in the Principality of Monaco. The Monte Carlo Hotel also has a world-class casino and several boutiques in case I forget to pack something essential. Forget New York, Monte Carlo is a city that never sleeps – the Fairmont has a bar/lounge that is open 24 hours a day. I can’t wait to check it out! It is located smack in the middle between the Mediterranean Sea and the most famous casino in the world – Casino of Monte Carlo. Think Bond, James Bond. Martini connoisseur Elizabeth will have to try a martini at the Casino, shaken not stirred.
Fairmont Monte Carlo
12, Avenue des Spélugues
Photos courtesy of Fairmont Monte Carlo. Must obtain permission before use.