Saturday, August 28, 2010

We're in Italy...

... but the internet connection is less than steller, so I will try to get a post sorted out for you all tomorrow. I will say this, driving here was 'not the funnest' but Ryan is a real trooper, and I apparently have a strong stomach (and heart), more details to follow... :)

PS Dan and Isabelle - if you are reading this, let me know as I have some questions about Bellagio (...and why you didn't tell me that it was essentially a two way bike path for a road to get here!?!) hahaha :)

Friday, August 27, 2010

Our final day in Frejus or Day 11.

We called it earlier in the week, this day would be lax and thankfully it was. We hummed and hawed about going back to places, doing this, doing that, but nope we did a whole lotta nothing, and it was fabulous!

Dinner though was something to be shared, we decided that considering we spent the last 10 days on the sea, we should really make more of an effort to scope out some seafood as opposed to just fish (not that there is anything wrong with fish, but we are seafood luvas!).

Anyhow, I'll just get you right to the money shots, yes?

After these monsters we spent the rest of the evening strolling between Saint Raphael and Frejus, enjoying the night market and doing a little shopping, taking in some exciting 'boules', and just relaxing.




Our stay here was pretty good, and we are excited to head to Lake Como, Italy tomorrow but it is all very bittersweet because the Med and her weather have been really great to us, and we are sad to leave her behind.

Well, on to the next stage!

Until we get set up in Italy, lots of love...

Michelle and Ryan

oh and ps, just for good measure I just wanted to point out that we are not saddened by having to leave this type of nonsense behind...

Just sayin'

Nice is nice... heard that one before, have you? (Day 10)

Day 10 took us to Nice. We woke up a little late and braced ourselves for what surely would be a day of traffic jams and little to no parking, but we were pleasantly surprised with it being pretty painless!

Honestly, not much to say about this one actually. We arrived in Nice, walked along the water on promenade des anglais, then toured the market a little, and the old town of course (so very cute), went and attempted to try Chez Theresa's Socca but thanks to Frommers and Rick Steves, so did everyone else and we have given up waiting for things so that was out... I'm sure it wasn't THAT big of a loss! Instead we headed down to the water to eat an overpriced, but very tasty salad nicoise while staring out at the water.. really, there are worse things in life.

Afterwards we returned to Frejus, did a little stint on the beach then decided to visit the old town a bit.

All told, another great day!

Love to all,

Michelle & Ryan

Day 9; a long one but simply put, amazing!

After our Saint Tropez day from hell, we almost admitted defeat and called off the day trips. Things were too stressful for a honeymoon and we wanted to enjoy our time here rather than spend most of it in the car searching for parking, so we said enough was enough we were going to skip the rest and enjoy the time we were in Frejus, in Frejus. The following morning though Ryan had other plans, captain of his own ship, he would not be defeated and we would continue our plans to see what we set out to see. On that note, we were off to La Turbie followed by Monaco.

La Turbie is quite possibly the cutest village on this planet, with a view to match. High on a cliff in the Martime Alps, overlooking the Principality of Monaco, lives a quite town that houses a beautiful but lesser known attraction; the roman Trophy of Augustus.

Read more here;

La Turbie



Some of our pictures;

There's Monaco -

There are also these village goats that I totally fell head over heels for;

They are fed by the villagers and live on the side of the mountain overlooking Monaco. They are slightly enclosed though, which sucks, but I guess the alternative was having the roam around town.

Once we had seen what there was to see of La Turbie, we headed down the gigantic hill to Monaco, a place that I would love to spend more time in but doubt my bank account would allow it. I can say this though, one thing that stood out to me in Monaco was class. This stood out so obviously because after being in Saint Tropez the day before, where there was also a fair bit of money around, I had felt little to no class from the very same people that owned yachts of comparable sizes to those in Monaco. Monaco to me, is the equivilance of timeless elegance, while Saint Tropez smelled of fake tans and nouveau riche, in my humble opinion. One day, if you have the time, I’ll tell you how I really feel! Monaco 1, Saint Tropez 0.

Monte Carlo Casino

We had lunch at the Cafe de Paris

More Monaco

The Palace

There was a moment while we were walking around Monaco when Ryan said; ‘I doubt I will ever have the chance to say this again but, let’s have dinner in Italy tonight!’ So, we did! We drove to Genova, which turned out to be quite ugly, but we had great seafood, local ingedients and fresh pasta… amazing dinner!

(stupid camper, totally got in the way of my drive by snap shot!)

Dinner in Genova

We didn’t get back to the hotel in Frejus until well after 1am, so we were completely wiped, but what a day to remember… it was perfect!

Love always;

Ryan and Michelle

Day 8 Saint Tropez - On the upside, now that we’ve seen it…

…we really don’t have to go back.

Tuesday mornings in Saint Tropez there is a largish provencal market that has everything from produce, cheese, meat, prepared food, and spices to clothes, typical provencal items, jewels, purses and antiques. It is an interesting sight to take in and enjoy, and as you can probably imagine, smells divine. We thought we should take the boat over from Saint Raphael to check out what all the fuss was about, but when we found out that as of the morning before the boat was already sold out, we were relegated to our vehicle to drive it. Oh well, if it is typical and enjoyable, we had to do it… so we did. Bright and early (7am) Tuesday morning, we set off for Saint Tropez, and arrived around 8 while the market was still setting up, so we had a coffee to kill time. Shortly thereafter we walked the entire market and purchased a couple of paintings but sadly, that was all. That’s right, it was cool, but within mere moments of the opening, it was packed to gills with tourists just like us who were of the understanding that this was a ‘not to miss.’ I will concede that I enjoy a market quite a bit, perhaps more than the next guy, but what I canNOT tolerate is being bounced around like a ping pong ball by everyone and their kids. So yes, market=cool… but perhaps not in August.

Ryan with his breakfast flan and the market in the background
Paella vendor
One of our paintings

Afterwards, we had heard that there were some equally ‘not to miss’ beaches in Saint Tropez, so we set off on foot to find them. 2 hours later in the blistering sun, walking up and down hills, we admitted defeat. We followed the map to the best of our understanding, but did not locate one beach worth stopping at. It would seem that we were not far off at all, but the method in which to get on the actual beach from the road, not obvious. Needless to say, Tuesday was not the best of days.

These were the pictures I managed to take while searching out the beaches, not beach at all, but maybe a little cool...

We made up for it though, we got back to Frejus fairly early, and slightly discouraged, but after a quick rest we made our way to the beach right here. It was an awesome afternoon at the beach. Sadly, I left the camera in the hotel room but just to paint a picture – there were medium sized waves perfect for floating or jumping over, so Ryan went and bought an inflatable tube and we took turns just floating around in the sun… it was great! A successful afternoon to a failed morning… all is well that ends well?

Lots of love
Michelle & Ryan