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Trip Start Apr 14, 2009
Trip End Aug 06, 2009

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Flag of France  , Provence,
Saturday, June 27, 2009

We left fun filled Florence with the Busabout crew again en route to Nice, France.  First stop was at Pisa to check out a tower that was built incorrectly and thus deservingly famous.  (?)
There is not much to do in this town than to pose for stupid photos and browse souvenirs, so we did just that and hopped back on the bus.

Arrived at Nice around 6pm.  The last hour of the trip was filled with stunning views of the French Riviera, including a drive through Monaco, hearing from the bus guide some stories of the rich and famous locals and trying to spot their homes.  We strolled Nice's Old Town for a while in amazement of how many bars and restaurants have been filled in one area.  It's cool.

Thursday was time to do our own strolling through the 2nd smallest country on our itinierary, Monaco.  Safest country in the world apparently.  (Tell that to Grace Kelly).  The luxury is everywhere.  Everyone seems to have hundreds of millions of dollars.  All up the cliffs there are high rises with mammoth ocean views, and everyone seems to own a couple of boats, and in those boats they can fit smaller boats.
We watched the palace changing of the guard, checked out their aquarium which is the best we've seen...awesome.  Walked a fair bit of the Grand Prix track, and made our way to Monte Carlo Casino where Chris is proud to say he defeated the roullette wheel by €5! It cost €10 to enter, but a win is a win hey?

Back to Nice for a bit of rest then a long walk down Promenade d'Anglais, a huge long stretch along the beach with hotels, restaurants, casinos and a bunch of cool stuff.  Pleasant as the sun set on our second day in the area.

The 3rd day we jumped on a Busabout organised day tour which included:
Bus down the coast to Port Grimaud where we had a walk and a swim.
2 hour boat cruise which included an open bar while an Irish guy told us who owned which ridiculous mansion.  Saw homes owned by the Royals, (conveniently neighbours with the Al-Fayed clan, how romantic) Bryan Adams (isn't he cool) and a bunch of other people with too much money.
Cruise docked at St.Tropez where apparently all the celebrities go to splurge and work on their tans.  We didn't see any.  But Alicia did find a lolly shop with huge barrells of every candy piece you'd want and ended up spending about 20 bucks.  The teeth were nice I must admit.

Got home around 11pm and rested before our bus to Barcelona.  Nice and surrounds were....nice.
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