We are still feeling under the weather, but by Saturday Jared and I were tired of being complete shut-ins so we decided to take a trip to Monaco. It was a cheap and easy day since we packed a picnic lunch and hopped on the bus in Beaulieu for the 20-minute ride.
A lot of Monaco isn’t all that attractive – there’s a good deal of urban sprawl and newer constructions. The one shining jewel, however, is the beautiful Beaux Arts casino in Monte Carlo. The level of detail is astounding. We could easily see how Beatrice could spend so much time gambling here (though we are decidedly not gamblers by nature).
After checking out the casino we walked down to the Port to check out the yachts and the Christmas village. There was a small fair going on and it seemed like the festivities were still in full swing even though we are well into January.
Next we walked up the hill to the palace with the intention of going to the Oceanographic Museum on the other side. We ended up being too tired to make it to the museum (and not too keen on paying 14 Euros each to get in), but we did explore the cute little old town near the palace, and found a bench to park and eat our sandwiches.
We were still feeling strong enough on Sunday to venture back out, so we went into Nice to visit the Matisse museum. It’s housed in a beautiful villa in Cimiez near the monastery, and there is also a park and archeological museum in the same area. All the museums in Nice are free due to initiatives put in place by the current mayor so we could have explored some more but we had to pace ourselves since we’re still recovering. The park was really active even though we didn’t get up there until pretty late in the day. We ate a late picnic lunch near the Pétanque players, toured the museum and headed back home as the sun was setting.
All in all, a pretty valiant effort for the recovering patients. We still have a few outings on the list before we leave and we should be able to squeeze everything in by Friday. Fingers crossed!