Countdown to the Côte d’Azur


414aa4a8-a50e-42a6-ab7e-045810bd24e9Pinch 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.

2d733a32-8986-4167-bdbf-e3a9f6f97161My 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
Monte Carlo

Photos courtesy of Fairmont Monte Carlo. Must obtain permission before use.

  • Andrea Cooper
    Posted at 21:03h, 19 January Reply

    Enjoy that warm sunshine. We are expecting below zero temperatures in NH this week!

    • Weekend In Paris
      Posted at 09:29h, 20 January Reply

      Welcome to Weekend In Paris Andrea! Thanks so much for reading and taking the time to comment.
      Hopefully I will see the sun in Monte Carlo!
      Please check in on my sweet boy while I am gone.

  • Lisa Allison
    Posted at 21:19h, 15 January Reply

    Hello, I love your blog. How do I sign up to receive it? I would love to be able to read about your trio to Monaco. That’s a trip on my bucket list as well.


    • Weekend In Paris
      Posted at 21:53h, 15 January Reply

      Dear Lisa,
      It appears that my subscription button is missing. How strange! I will try to do it manually. If it works, you will receive an email confirmation that you will have to click on to activate your subscription. Please keep in touch and let me know if it works.
      Many thanks for reading and I look forward to hear more from you.

  • Carol Ann Peeler
    Posted at 17:44h, 15 January Reply

    Have a great time! I love Monaco and Nice! Be sure to visit the open-air market in Nice. Great spices!

    • Weekend In Paris
      Posted at 18:10h, 15 January Reply

      Hi Carol Ann,

      Thanks so much for the suggestion! I can’t wait to be there one week from tomorrow.

      Thanks for taking the time to read and comment.


    • Weekend In Paris
      Posted at 21:55h, 15 January Reply

      Hi Carol Ann,

      Many thanks for writing in on this post. I appreciate the tip – I will hopefully be able to check out the open-air market in Nice. It looks amazing!


  • Mary Arocha
    Posted at 14:35h, 15 January Reply

    Have a great time!! Have a martini for me. Mary

    • Weekend In Paris
      Posted at 21:54h, 15 January Reply

      Thanks so much Mary!
      Will have a martini for you – thanks sooooo much for reading my blog.

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