|Sculptures in the gardens|
on "The Rock"
Later then, we ventured to the 7th floor for breakfast on the deck with its million dollar view of the Cote d'Azur. It was sizzling by eight o'clock but with a view and accompanying breakfast that removed all discomfort.
The first half of the day was to the old part of Monaco, called The Rock and incorporating the old town and the Prince's Palace. It was quite a place. Starting from an underground carpark, it was two elevator rides separated by a crowded lift which took us up to a point beside the oceanographic institute which had been a particular favourite of Prince Rainier and had featured Jacques Cousteau as a long term director. We walked up into the old town and stopped by St Nicholas Cathedral to view the burial plots of Princess Grace (formerly Grace Kelly) and her beloved husband, Prince Rainier III. My Mum would have been impressed.
We didn't go into the Royal Palace, against Sue's wishes. Instead, we made our way back down through gardens which were beautifully maintained and contained exquisite statues. We ate lunch with the help of what a local referred to as a gullard - an oversized seagull who was keen for scraps.
|The amazing fountains at|
|Dinner in the hills|
behind Monte Carlo
The evening was at a country restaurant bookended by a spectacular drive which climbed slowly through hairpin bends of the 3 Corniches, coastal roads which run almost parallel between Merton and Nice and reveal much about the glorious coast line, the cleverness of the engineers who constructed the roads and the sharpness of our driver. It was hair raising stuff. However, the payoff was seven courses of delicious fare and almost too much red wine ... almost.