Eze, France

August 4, 2018

Today we took a taxi to Eze Village in France which we absolutely loved. We visited the Chapelle St. John. We lit a candle for my mother in law because she wasn’t feeling well which was special to me since I’ve never lit a candle in a Catholic Church. I was happy to light a candle for her. We also visited The Exotic Garden of Eze. It was really cool they have 100’s of different cactus plants and a little waterfall which was cute.

We will definitely be visiting Eze again in the future and will probably spend about 3 days there. Afterward, we took a taxi back to Monaco to go and check out the famous casino. Inside the casino, there was a maze made out of a deck of cards.

The next stop while there, we grabbed a cab and went up the big rock to the Grand Palace and we were lucky we got there just in time for the changing of the guards. We visited the Saint Nicholas Cathedral of Monaco where Princess Grace Kelly is buried. Afterward, we walked back to the ship.

 

Maria
John
The Exotic Garden

Cannes, France

August 3, 2018

Today we got a taxi to drive us around the first stop was the old town of Antibes and while we were there we walked around a bit to check it out.  The next stop was Nice where we walked through the town and took some pictures. Afterward, our driver took us back to Cannes and sure enough we got ripped off again even after having a final price at the pier he changed the price when he dropped us off by 100 Euros.

Follow us on our journey the next destination is Monte Carlo, Monaco.

Saint Rita Church

Saint Francis of Paola – Chapel of the Sacred Heart of Jesus

Church of Reparate

Soap that look like Macaroons

Toulon, France

August 2, 2018

Today we took a taxi and drove to Marseille and visited the Notre Dame De la Garde Cathedral which was beautiful and then we went back tot he ship and be careful with the taxi drivers in Toulon because he ripped us off even though they are supposed to have a fixed price.

Follow us on our journey the next destination is Cannes, France.

Notre Dame De la Garde Cathedral

Mark, Cella, Corey, Belinda, John & Maria

Saint-Tropez, France

July 31, 2018

Today we drove to Ramatuelle (Le Village Ancien) took a short stroll and then to Gassin both towns were pretty. Afterward, our driver took us to see the Port of Grimaud which is nice it reminded me of Venice. After that, we headed back to the ship.

Follow us on our journey the next destination is Barcelona, Spain.

Rue Saint Laurent

Port of Grimaud
Amazing looking candy

Irene, Adrian, Maria, John, Samantha, Evan, Mariya & Nano
Irene, Adrian & Maria
Evan, Samantha & Maria
John & Evan

Ajaccio-Corsica, France

July 30, 2018

Today Nano, John and I hired a taxi to drive us to Calanche of Piana which was breathtakingly beautiful. Mother nature at her finest. After seeing the beautiful sights, we had lunch with a fantastic view at La Table de Neptune. Afterward, we drove to the Cargese Village which was founded by the Greeks in 1676. After that, we headed back to the ship. Along the drive, our taxi driver ended up having a fist fight with this guy and his wife while they were riding their bicycle. Unfortunately, I was fumbling with my cell phone, and I didn’t get the video of the fight.

Follow us on our journey the next destination is Saint-Tropez, France.

Paris, France 2012

August 8th – 12th, 2012

Going to Paris is always great because it is one of our favorite cities. During the summer though some of the restaurants are closed it’s a big vacation time for Parisians.  One positive thing about summers in Paris is that it is not as busy as the wintertime.

This trip to Paris was extraordinary because we were meeting our good friends Adrian and Irene. They live in London which is a hop skip and a jump away from France. They’ve been to Paris many times which was good because that meant we had excellent tour guides.

They took us for a ride on the Metro to see other parts of the city. The first place they took us to was the Centre Pompidou we didn’t go inside, but the outside was strange. There are hundreds of pipes lining the entire exterior of the building.

We visited some of our favorite sites for the second time which was great. We spent half the day at the Louvre Museum which was not enough time. It is a huge museum.

One thing interesting that we saw at nighttime was a lot of young couples and groups of friends meet on the Seine river and play music or just have a bottle of wine. They look happy and are freely having a good time.

If you would like to read more about Paris and see more pictures click this link to our 2011 trip.

Eiffel Tower
Maria & John
Cool boat on the Seine River
Maria & John at the Arc de Triomphe
Our good friends Adrian & Irene at the Arc de Triomphe
Notre-Dame de Paris
Centre Georges Pompidou
Centre Georges Pompidou
The Roue de Paris
The Roue de Paris
Eiffel Tower
Eiffel Tower at Night with a blue background

Musee du Louvre
Louvre Pyramid
The Mona Lisa
Cool building
My favorite brand Hermes
Stone Statues And Quadriga On The Arc De Triomphe Du Carrousel
Maria
Fresh prosciutto
Champs-Élysées
Fontaines de la Concorde
Tourists having fun on the Seine River
Locals having fun on the Seine River
Pont des Arts Pedestrian Bridge
Locks on the Pont des Arts pedestrian bridge

Man made beach on the Seine River

Seine River

The mascarons, stone masks on the Pont Neuf Bridge
The mascarons, stone masks on the Pont Neuf Bridge
The mascarons, stone masks on the Pont Neuf Bridge
The mascarons, stone masks on the Pont Neuf Bridge

Petit Palais

 

 

Paris, France 2011

January 30th – February 1st, 2011

Today we arrived in Paris from an unbelievable trip to Cairo, Egypt. Click on the link to read the crazy trip. I was so happy to be in Paris for two reasons, the first being safety from the craziness that we were involved in the past 72 hours and the second reason is….I’m in Paris!!!!!! Need I say more. I love Paris I’ve always wanted to visit. It’s the city of love, and I fell in love the second my feet touched down.

Paris is something else the architecture, the food, the language it’s unique and special. We didn’t pack for a grand European vacation, but I will make do with what I have.

Today we decided to walk around and take in all the beautiful buildings and visit a few museums. There is no way you can ever say you’re bored while in Paris.

Tonight we had tickets to Moulin Rouge that included dinner, unfortunately, John and I both got deathly ill from either at lunch or the dinner at the show but either way, it wasn’t the way we wanted to spend two days, sick in bed!

Our next stop is Venice, Italy. I’ve heard a lot about Venice both good and bad, so I don’t know what to expect.

Follow us on our journey the next stop is Venice, Italy.

L’Hôtel national des Invalides
Roue de Paris
Notre-Dame de Paris
Notre-Dame de Paris
Inside of Notre-Dame de Paris
Inside of Notre-Dame de Paris
Inside of Notre-Dame de Paris
Inside of Notre-Dame de Paris
Local restaurant
A cool building by the hotel
Moulin Rouge
John having lunch on Champs Elysees
Maria having lunch on Champs Elysees
Giant Thumb

Eiffel Tower
Eiffel Tower