Sunday, September 18, 2011

Sunday Aug 28 Villefranche

Woke up around 6:30 and the sun was just starting to come up. The sail into Villefranche was beautiful.

Pilot boat coming to guide the Magic into Port

 I was originally going take the train into Monte Carlo and just wander around, but about a week before leaving I decided to book a DCL excursion, and I am so glad that I did. All the excursions I did were amazing and I saw and did so much more than I would have on my own and I met so many nice people. This tour was to include a tour of the Palace in Monte Carlo, free time there, a bus ride to the Casino area with lunch in CafĂ© de Paris, some free time there and then a bus tour to the Village of Eze with a walking tour. It was a beautiful sunny day and Monte Carlo is beautiful with stunning views everywhere. The tour guide on this tour was a real French lady,  Isabella with her stunning sun dress and way too fashionable heels that would have killed me on the cobblestone steps, and she was so very funny.

Villefranche the habour is not deep enough for the large ships to get in, so the ships drop anchor and tender boats come out to  pick up the passengers and shuttle them to shore. Villefranche and La Spezia were both tender ports on this cruise. Since I was doing a DCL excursion it was quick getting off the ship.

This is the pier where you get off the tender boat. It is right is the centre of Villefranche

It was about a 20-25 minute drive to Monte Carlo along the lower corneich along the Sea.

Everthing in Monte Carlo is built on the side of a mountain. This is on top of the parkade. This was about 3 stories up and we took an elevator to the next level where the Palace is.

Past the Aquarium on the way, it too is many stories high with the bottom at sea level.

I think this is Princess Caroline's house, don't worry there were 3 more wings to it on the back side.
The Cathedral where Princess Grace is burried. It was Sunday and mass was going on so we  could not go in.

Looking down to the harbour

Changing of the Guards

The palace. We did a tour inside but no pictures allowed. The white flag means that Prince Albert is there.

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