It was so much fun, and while the food was decent, it was really the experience that made it worthwhile.
This past weekend I had a great time celebrating my mother, I hope you did too! Then a few days ago, I went to a tree museum for the first time in my life. It sounds odd, but it was a beautiful walk through the forest with added art installations that artists, inspired by the landscape, had been commissioned to create. We had a picnic lunch and then strolled the forest for a few hours taking in the self guided tour. It was a great way to get outside on a beautiful day and get some use of of my boots!
We began the day with a leisurely breakfast and then strolled around the city exploring the beach, dipping our toes in the mediterranean, and then went to Nice, France for a few hours.
When we came back we got ready for a night out going to the very chic Yoshi for dinner after visiting the famous (and infamous) Monte Carlo Casino. The casino was worth visiting just for the history and the architecture given that it was built in the late 1800s and remains much the same today.
The frescos on the ceilings and the plasterwork even have nods to the casino within them. Yoshi was a Michelin star Japanese restaurant and everything we ate was beyond compare. The chefs were so friendly and the atmosphere and design were both works of art. I definitely recommend visiting both Yoshi and the Casino. Yoshi was connected to our hotel, Hotel Metropole, which makes it a great option if you’re staying there as well! You can check out my thoughts on Metropole here.
I dreamed about Monaco and what it would be like to visit. After riding through France from Paris and having seen lavender fields, and free roaming herds of cattle, and pink trees that I’m still trying to find a name for, I was so excited to experience Monaco.
Arriving on the train I felt like Barbra Streisand in Funny Girl when she’s finally a Ziegfeld girl. The train station alone set the tone for what our time in Monaco would be like, it was beautifully designed, had an incredible view, and was so clean!
Monaco is so small that we were able to walk from the train to the hotel. The architecture, the atmosphere, everything was so inspiring! Once we arrived at Hotel Metropole we were enchanted with how lovely it was, and the bar downstairs had some of the most creative drinks.
We Strolled around on our first afternoon and took in the views and some excellent food at Brasserie le Cafe de Paris.
I’m such a fan of tea. Also of high tea. And double decker buses. So Vintage Tea Tours was an absolute dream! It’s fairly new, so I’m so glad that my mum stumbled across it when she was exploring Dublin! As soon as you walk down the cobblestone street it feels as though you’re on your way to experience a cross between the Knight Bus of Harry Potter and a Tea Party with the mad hatter and Alice. Once seated on the second level we were greeted with a tray of treats and an offering of tea flavors. I chose the rosé champagne tea which was light and fruity. The array of edible offerings ranged from a sour green apple cupcake to cucumber and cream cheese finger sandwiches. Then we were off and touring around Dublin viewing all the best that it has to offer from Phoenix Park to the Spire in the heart of the city, passing Trinity College and Temple Bar along the way! All in all the experience was truly a delight. Our host was knowledgable, friendly, and attentive, the bus was well restored and well appointed for a tea tour, and the food was fun and whimsical.