"A stroll along the promenade des Anglais in Nice gave us a look at the glamourous life"
Pam & John
"John and I chose our Easter holiday on the French and Italian Riviera’s because it was an area we had not yet visited. We also hoped for a glimpse of the sun at the end of winter. We were not disappointed, as we travelled south on the AutoRoute de Soleil, spring sunshine came to meet us.
An interesting journey took us through Provence to our first sight of the Med. As we skirted Cannes, Nice, Monaco and Menton, we crossed the border into Italy. We then joined the AutoStrade dei Foiri, a masterpiece of modern engineering, cutting through mountains and crossing gorges above the coastal villages below us, taking us to our destination of Diano Marino.
On our arrival at hotel Delle Fiori we received the warmest of welcomes from the young proprietor and his staff, who promptly served us an excellent meal. The first impression was reinforced by the helpful and friendly staff throughout our stay in this comfortable hotel.
Our well planned outings were all we hoped for. A stroll along the promenade des Anglais in Nice gave us a look at the glamourous life. An afternoon drink in the Negresco Hotel allowed us to enjoy a taste of the highlife. A visit to the Palais des Festivals in Cannes gave us the opportunity to plant our hands in the in the prints of the rich and famous in the paving. Our trips to Eze and St Paul de Vence provided stunning views of the coast and the snow topped Maritime Alps. We had ample time to stroll through the medieval villages’ cobbled streets and stop for a drink in atmospheric cafes. Back in Diano Marino in the evening we were able to take the short walk into the pedestrian main street which was lined with orange trees.
The optional excursion to Monaco and Monte Carlo was not to be missed. Monte Carlo and the rally route being a favourite with John, identifying landmarks which were familiar with watching the race every year on TV. In Monaco I visited the memorial to an icon of my youth; the film star Grace Kelly, who married her prince and came to live in this fairy tale principality.
Our return journey took us via the Frejus tunnel and another interesting journey back to our overnight stop in Rheims, The Novotel (another excellent hotel). At Calais we had to say a regretful goodbye to Ivo and Mark, our drivers who had made our holiday so enjoyable with their knowledge, advice and excellent organisation. A swift journey from Dover got us home early, full of wonderful memories and an intention to consult the Leger brochure.
Where shall we go next?