Tag: Monaco

12 days of Christmas 2020: day 2

Casino, Monte Carlo Trip to the Casino, Monte Carlo Trip to Hotel Hermitage, Monte Carlo Potted History of Monaco Magnificent Monaco While I’m not adverse to visiting Monaco, I couldn’t live in a tax haven. It flies in the face of my principles and… Continue Reading “12 days of Christmas 2020: day 2”

French Riviera: Must See Places

Most of us can only dream about where we’d like to visit next however I would encourage you to do more than just dream. Plan and prepare for when we can all travel again. I’m conscious that many of you only have a few… Continue Reading “French Riviera: Must See Places”

Potted history of Monaco

While researching my previous posts on the Casino and Hotel Hermitage, I realised that I didn’t know enough about Monaco’s history. It’s the world’s second smallest country, preceded by only the Vatican. Ruled by the (in)famous Grimaldi family. As a harbour town, Monaco has… Continue Reading “Potted history of Monaco”

A trip to the Casino de Monte Carlo

Before we start, I should add that I have never stepped foot inside the Casino in Monte Carlo, (cameras are strictly forbidden inside the casino’s gilded rooms). I’m not a woman who gambles, I leave that to my two younger sisters. No, my visit… Continue Reading “A trip to the Casino de Monte Carlo”

Trip to the Hôtel Hermitage, Monte Carlo

My beloved and I are dedicated brunchers and we were keen to again try out brunch at the Hôtel Hermitage which we’d firstly enjoyed just before Christmas. That one had been consumed in the hotel’s splendid Belle-Epoque ballroom whereas this time we were housed… Continue Reading “Trip to the Hôtel Hermitage, Monte Carlo”

Postcard from Portugal (not): Part I

As you know, we were planning to spend Christmas and New Year in Southern Portugal. The choice of destination had been made by my beloved who’d booked the flights to Faro, booked the car hire and chosen the hotel (with my blessing). While we… Continue Reading “Postcard from Portugal (not): Part I”

12 days of Christmas: day 11

Having showcased the decorations from New York, I thought it only fair to show you some splendid ones from nearby Monte Carlo. Peer closefully at the photo below and you’ll see the famous Monte Carlo Casino reflected in the mirror of these decorations which… Continue Reading “12 days of Christmas: day 11”

Lazy Sundays

When doing a sportif I haven’t done before I like to be as well prepared as possible. Ahead of todays’ L’Etape du Tour du Haut Var, my beloved and I visited Montauroux yesterday afternoon to pick up our numbers and check out some of the parcours. I’m reasonably… Continue Reading “Lazy Sundays”

Happily back home again for a few days

Bereft of the internet and L’Equipe for a few days at my parents’, I feel seriously out of the loop. It’s as if the pillars of my daily existence have gone walk about, leaving me floundering. That, combined with the work involved pre-and- post Kivilev, means I’ve not had… Continue Reading “Happily back home again for a few days”

Pretty much perfect week end

Yesterday morning the sun was shining as we set off for a gentle ride prior to today’s l’Antiboise. We basically rode the last circuit of Saturday’s stage of Paris-Nice 2011. On our way back, my beloved tried to lure me up the steep ascent to Chateauneuf.… Continue Reading “Pretty much perfect week end”