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Road trip from Nice to Monaco

Best places in French Riviera. Bestplacesin.com. Pedro Sagüés

Road trip from Nice to Monaco

The French Riviera (Côte d’Azur) is one of the best places in the world. What I liked the most of all was the road trip from Nice to Monaco, along the Mediterranean coast that I discovered thanks to Robin’s blog.

Nice

The trip starts in Nice, the capital of the French Riviera, the second most visited place in France after Paris. It has plenty of things to do: you can visit the old town (with narrow streets, old houses, …), walk up to the castle hill (in fact, there’s no castle anymore, but stunning views of Nice), visit the Matisse Museum, walk down the seaside promenade (by the way, the beach has no sand, just rocks!!) or walk around Cours Saleya, a place that transforms during the day from a food and flower market to a bar and restaurant area. Few places in the world have so many people on the streets at night. I recommend just walking around but having dinner in the streets that surround it (Rue Rossetti, Rue de la Prefecture, …).

From the city center, head east to Boulevard Princesse Grace de Monaco, pass by Villefranche Sur Mer, take Bd Napoleon III (great views of the bay), and head to Saint Jean du Cap Ferrat, popular getaway for the rich and famous, with a small but impressive marina and perfect for romantic walks (along the coastal paths) or peaceful holidays with your family. I loved this place!

Eze

Continue your trip: pass by Beaulieu Sur Mer (really close to Cap Ferrat and also a very nice place), Eze Bord de Mer and head up to Eze, an “eagle’s nest” medieval fortified town overlooking the sea from a 427 metres high cliff (1,401 ft). A not very touristic town with a beautiful church and glamorous and expensive hotels with stunning views of the Mediterranean sea (Relais & Châteaux de la Chevre D’Or and Chateau Eza).

La Turbie

Right before arriving in Monaco you’ll find La Turbie, a small town known as Monaco’s balcony. You can enjoy impressive views (you don’t need to pay) of the Principality from the terrace of 13 B.C. Trophée d’Auguste, a symbol of the power of the Roman Empire.

Finally: if you like superyachts, this is your paradise. The French Riviera is a major yachting centre, with marinas along its coast. Each year the Riviera hosts 50% of the world’s superyacht fleet.

Thanks also to http://twitter.com/Guide2CdA for his great tips about French Riviera!

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Photo credits: Pedro Sagüés

Sault, the capital of the Lavender

Sault, the capital of the Lavende. BestPlacesIn.com. Pedro Sagues

Sault, the capital of the Lavender

People often associate French Provence with the lavender fields. When visiting the Provence and not seeing them, they usually get disappointed. Visiting Sault, the capital of the Lavender, is the only way of really enjoying the magnificent views of the lavender fields, walk through them and smell its aroma. If you’re asking yourself: Where can I find the best Lavender fields? Sault is the answer. You won’t be disappointed, trust me: Sault is what Provence really looked like in your mind and, definitely, one of the best places in the world.

Lavender is harvested from July to October. After that, very few fields remain unharvested so the tourist can enjoy them. I really encourage you to visit Sault before September. On August 14th and 15th is the Lavender Festival. The celebration comprises games, competitions and other activities to do with lavender, including sales exhibition of local products.

I recommend taking the “Chemin des Lavandes”, a 1,5km walk through the Lavender fields and distilleries.

If you’re coming from Avignon, take the road through Mazan and you’ll enjoy the beautiful views from the Mount Ventoux

Sault official website

These are some of the highest ranked books in Amazon about Lavender:

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Photo credits: Pedro Sagüés

Lucca, a beautiful town in the Tuscany

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Lucca, a beautiful town in the Tuscany

A 30 minutes drive from Pisa or the mediterranean sea you’ll find Lucca, one of the best places to visit in Tuscany and one of the best places in the world. An enormously thick 15th-century wall (on top of which you can walk or cycle and enjoy nice views of the town), protects some of Italy’s finest medieval architecture.

Besides the Duomo of San Martino or the Church of San Frediano, I’d suggest simply walking down the streets and enjoying the multiple palaces, have a superb cafe at any of the tiny bars, an ice cream at the wonderful italian gelaterias or having dinner late at night at any of the multiple romantic restaurants. Don’t forget to visit Piazza dell’Anfiteatro, a beautiful circle square that used to shelter the roman spectacles, and climb the 130 ft. Guinigi tower on top of which you’ll enjoy the best views of Lucca… under the shade of an oak tree!! Yes, an oak tree on top of the tower 🙂
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Ostankino Tower in Moscow

Ostankino Tower in Moscow

Ostankino tower is one of the best places to visit in Moscow. It’s a 540m tall television and radio tower that seems to be from another planet. In fact, it used to be the tallest structure in the world. The highest floor is 360m tall and it has a glass floor that is really scary… It’s far from the center and not easy to access (except by taxi). In my opinion, worth a visit if you spend more than 3 days in Moscow.
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Staten Island Ferry. The best view of Manhattan's downtown

Staten Island Ferry. The best view of Manhattan’s downtown

The free 25 minute ferry to Staten Island is an awesome opportunity to see the best view of Manhattan’s downtown. The ferry departs every 20 min and goes really close to the Statue of the Liberty. The best part is there’s no waiting in line and its free!.
http://www.siferry.com/default.aspx
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Top of the Rock. Best views of New York

Top of the Rock. Best views of New York

Top of the Rock offers you the best views of Manhattan. You can see uptown (Central Park), Midtown (Empire State) and Downtown. There is no fence so you can take great pictures. The best part is that there’s usually no line, so you can get to the top in few minutes. The entrance fee is 20$.
Web: http://www.topoftherocknyc.com
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