At Nice Airport we were met by Anya, our APT Tour Director, and Joel, our driver, while we were visiting Monte Carlo. Another couple in our group had also been on the plane to Nice.
We had arrived mid afternoon and soon realised that traffic jams also exist in southern France. There were lots of road construction projects which added to delays. Monte Carlo is a ward in the principality of Monaco. The area of Monaco is approximately one square mile and is bordered by France on three sides and the Mediterranean Sea on the fourth. Eight kilometres to the east is France's border with Italy.
After showing us some of the sites of the area we arrived at the Fairmont Hotel where we were to stay for the next three days. The hotel has a number of restaurants but the best place to be is the restaurant on the rooftop where breakfast was served each day. The hotel also has its own casino but the Grand Casino is next door.
|View from our window|
|View from hotel roof|