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Three Cities, One Ride
The town of Nice, #France, a glittering gem of the French Riviera, is home to some of the most #romantic and fancy holiday choices. While the rest of the world associates the area with luxury, I'm here to tell you that's not always the case. You don't have to be a celebrity to enjoy the Côte d'Azur's countless hidden #adventures, you just need a spontaneous streak.
Earlier this summer, I was reunited with some of my college friends for a summer roadtrip. Spontaneity was our main aim; to cruise around the coast and stop and explore whenever we felt like it.
I booked a car with My Driver Azur cars, who organize customizable trips. Our driver, who collected me from the airport was courteous, prompt and full of good recommendations.
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Nothing says 'warm' welcome like a plate of socca and beignet de fleur de courgette, traditional French dishes which we had in the heart of the Old Nice. The meal was shared over good laughs, new stories and several burps in-between.
Nothing says (warm) welcome like a plate of socca and beignet de fleur de courgette
After which, we decided to drive to the area around Saint Paul de Vence.
There is a small, almost secret beach that I know of and thought it would be a good idea to bring them there since most beaches were already packed. It was not far, but the streets were confusing, even for a local like me. I was glad that we had a car because it saved us a lot of time and it would have been impossible to get there without a ride.
I was glad that we had a car because it saved us a lot of time and it would have been impossible to get there without a ride
The moment we arrived on the beach, we heard it calling our names and so we hurried to the coast. Nice was fantastic! We were off to a good start.
As we move along the coast and head on over to Monte Carlo, I pictured another adventure, but something distinctly different from what we had in Nice, perhaps similarly exciting but not identically fun. Known to be an expensive city, I was a bit hesitant to go, but it was on the way anyway and that didn’t give us any excuse to skip it.
The first order of business was to go to the Grand Prix; I felt an invigorating energy when I checked it out and for a while imagined myself as a racecar driver.
We then headed to the sea to check out the yachts, all shapes and sizes were there. Aqua Cruise Yacht Charter had some really fancy boats for rent and I really wished we could stay there.
We had such a limited time in Monaco so we decided to tour the place, again with My Driver Azur; the place was small so it was the perfect way to maximize our stay. The car was comfortable and the driver knew the best routes and we literally just sat back and relaxed. I also made sure to stock up on chips, sodas and other snacks for when anyone felt hungry. As I was touring with good old friends, I knew their kind of music so it was also customized to their preference, talk about a perfect road trip huh.
Just after sunset we left Monaco and drove to the last destination, Ventimiglia. When I mentioned the town, my friends stared at me for a while as they had no idea what the place was like, and I can’t blame them. Ventimiglia is a quaint, little town in the border of Italy and France. It’s a very simple town really, which is why I thought it would be a great venue to spend the night there as everything is much, much cheaper than its neighbouring French cities.
Just after sunset we left Monaco and drove to the last destination, Ventimiglia
By that time, we were all tired and I never felt more relieved that we had someone driving for us, I got away from the hassle of planning which routes to take, knowing where to turn and which roads to avoid. Instead, I focused on having a good time and appreciating the great views we were passing by.
We booked a couple of rooms in Hotel Sole Mare, it was a bit expensive given the cost of living in Ventimiglia but it was clean and comfortable and that made it reasonably priced for me. As we were already in Italy, I made sure I have a nice warm plate of lasagna for dinner.
Hotel Sole Mare
Boost Camp Training Course in Monaco
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Ventimiglia might be a modest town but it’s never short of surprises.
The following day, I woke up with the sun peeking through the blinds and thought I’d close them to get more sleep, until I saw the Ligurian Sea. I went to the balcony and took a closer look of the paradise that was in front of me.
We spent most of the day at the beach, eating cheap but very good pizza paired with Italian beer, reliving university memories and planning when our next, great road trip will be; where will My Driver Azur take us next!