Saturday 12th March 2011
Our last full day, ending out trip in style with a day in Monaco, staying at L'Hermitage.
Cote d'Azur March 2011
I woke up early in Villefranche, and caught a bit of the sunrise.
Not sure this picture really does it justice.
The wind was up as well, as is hopefully made evident by the flag on our balcony.
I rather liked this effect of the sunrise through the flag.
Leaving the Welcome Hotel to head to the station.
Winding our way through the passageways of Villefranche en route to the station.
The train that would take us to Monaco.
In Monaco now - here's a little church near the station.
Our room at the Hotel Hermitage - rather impressive don't you think? The ceiling was about three times Chie's height.
More pictures of our room.
The view from our room, out over the harbour filled with super yachts.
More views out over the harbour.
I rather liked this odd collection of mirrors on the wall. They all seemed to point in very slightly different directions.
Some welcome macarons from Laduree.
The corridors at the Hermitage were very grand too.
The courtyard in the centre of the hotel.
This skylight was apparently designed by Gustav Eiffel.
The Hermitage as seen from the outside - our room is the leftmost on the floor below the topmost.
Some of the yachts in the harbour.
Unfortunately the bateau bus (ferry across the harbour) was closed due to the strong winds today.
One of the shopping streets in Monaco.
We just managed to catch the tail end of this market (we bought a lemon!).
On the way up to the Palais Princier and the old town - I hope this picture illustrates how windy it was!
More windswept pictures of Monaco.
Even that tower over there looks windswept!
One of the gateways on the way up to the Palais Princier.
The original Grimaldi, founder of the Monaco dynasty.
The square around the Palais Princier.
Into the old town...
A little building next to the cathedral, not sure what it was exactly.
A fountain in a little square in the old town.
Interesting projecting (oriel?) window.
Outside the little cafe where we had lunch.
They had a little royal dedication to the Prince by the entrance to the cafe.
View across the harbour.
Quite liked this lamppost.
More harbour views...
The mairie - unfortunately closed on a Saturday.
The yellow submarine outside the oceanographic museum.
The Chocolaterie de Monaco, where we bought some chocolates.
Back in our hotel room.
I rather liked the look of this chair, although it was a bit weird to actually sit in, as you ended up surrounded by an echo of your own voice.
The other side of the Hotel Hermitage.
The casino in Monte Carlo.
Quite nice views in the square up from the casino.
The side of the casino.
More views of the casino as the afternoon turns into evening.
The view of the harbour from our room looked particularly as the daylight started to fade.
Gratifyingly indulgent picture.
Added indulgence with the chocolates we had bought earlier.
Later on that evening, just one picture from our fantastic dinner at Il Terrazzino.