Monique O'Neil

SOUTH OF FRANCE

Monique O'Neil
SOUTH OF FRANCE

A part of my trip around Europe Summer 17 included a road trip with my dad. Starting in Milan, Italy and heading up through Lake Como then down to Monaco and Monte Carlo. From there we headed onwards down the coast of the South of France, passing through Nice, Cannes and other seaside towns. Everything along here is surprisingly close together. Within three hours of driving we had been through four major cities/towns.


 

 

 

 

 

CANNES

Located on the French Riviera this place is world famous for the annual Cannes Film Festival. Everywhere you look on the main boulevard are expensive luxury boutiques. Along the horizon are super yachts topped with helicopters. We spent roughly 2-3 hours here and just stopped in to see what all the fuss was about. It’s a really easy place to get around and is a popular destination to holiday  in the Summer.


SAINT-RAPHAELS

Also a part of the French Riviera, we located ourselves here for 3 days staying at the most amazing accommodation – Hotel Les Roches Rouges – A 5-star hotel that had everything you needed, including the most amazing pools. This area is quite isolated so we only ate at the restaurant located within the complex. There are heaps of things to do there including, having a drink at one of the three bars, watching a movie at the open-air cinema, taking a plunge off the jetty into the ocean, getting a massage at the spa and so much more. If your timing is right at the hotel make sure you book their famous restaurant, La Terrasse, only open Fridays and Saturdays for dinner.

 


 

SAINT-TROPEZ

Whilst staying at Hotel Les Roches Rouges we took a day trip down to Saint-Tropez which was roughly an hour’s drive – depending on what time of the night you travel you may get caught in traffic. The streets were filled with beautiful colours and flowers. We spent majority of the time around the area nearest Port de Saint-Tropez, where super yachts filled the port. We ate at Le Girelier, sea side, which had amazing food and excellent service. The whole area down there is full of different restaurants to choose from so if there isn’t room at one place just try another! After walking around looking at boutiques, the usual suspects for Europe such as Louis Vuitton, Gucci, Dolce & Gabbana etc, we stumbled upon my dream, the Dior Des Lices – yes this is the Christian Dior restaurant. The presentation of the complex was stunning and although we had just eaten, who could pass up Dior Gelato…?


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