Fun on the French Riviera

by Weekend In Paris
Fun on the French Rivera takes work

The French Riviera, playground for the rich and famous, can be quite a serious place. Being seen in the right clothes at the hottest nightclubs or casinos is an art form in and of it self. Partygoers may look carefree, but a serious amount of effort goes into looking effortless. Hair, makeup, wardrobe choices are huge dilemmas for the fashion conscience on the Cöte d’Azur. I mean, what if George Clooney suddenly appeared and I forgot to put on my makeup that makes me look like I am not wearing makeup? That would be tragic, right? What item do the billionaires and mega actors sometimes forget to pack when visiting the land of sunshine? A sense of humor! Look out Nice, because we were about to create some of our own serious French fun on the Riviera.



Get comfortable

In order to restore balance to the overly self-conscience, haughty crowds that frequent the area, Gal Pal Elizabeth and I decided that after a full day of work (yes, travel writing is WORK) we should throw on a pair of comfy jeans, order a cocktail at the bar and let loose while staying at the ultimate art deco hotel,  Hôtel Palais de la Méditerranée (now known as the Hyatt) in Nice. Too old for nightclubs but never too old for shenanigans, it was time to manufacture some good clean fun.

Laugh at yourself

It was raining and cold on the beautiful pool deck, but a three olive martini and heaping glass of Bordeaux kept us warm and oblivious to the fact that time spent meticulously blow drying the frizz out of our hair was now a complete waste. The hotel has a whimsical statue by the Korean artist Youn that we found particularly hilarious that night. Neither one of us stopped to ponder if duplicating the pose of the statue made our butts look big or if our hair was out of place – it was just good old fashion silly gal stuff and loads of laughter as we took turns posing.



Serious hotel guests watching from the restaurant pointed and giggled, secretly wishing they could dump their business dinner dates, kick off their high heels, and join us for some spontaneous fun on the French Riviera. We left Nice the next morning a little more carefree and with great memories of a silly night well spent.

Priscilla and Elizabeth photos property of The Weekend In Paris. The Youn art was courtesy of the hotel.  Must obtain permission before use.

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Ginger November 6, 2013 - 12:51 pm

Tres magnifique! I love it! I wish I would have adopted that carefree spirit when I was in Nice and Cannes a few years ago. Maybe next time!

Weekend In Paris November 7, 2013 - 5:19 pm

Dear Ginger,
Definitely next time, just do it as Nike ads say! Be carefree and let loose a little bit while on vacation or in a place that makes your heart sing. Life’s too short, not to!

Maggie October 31, 2013 - 12:58 pm

Loved this. Always fun to have fun…

Weekend In Paris October 31, 2013 - 5:06 am

Hi Kim!
Yes we do! And it looks like I will be having more fun in Nice soon!

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