It was so much fun, and while the food was decent, it was really the experience that made it worthwhile.
We stumbled into this market just before leaving Monte Carlo, and I was so excited because I love the fruit markets of Europe, especially France, Italy, and now Monaco!
The experience of holding fresh produce typically from a local farm is such a contrast from buying fruit or vegetables in the grocery store. It also allows you to pay for it right then and walk around the market taking in the rest of the wares while indulging in nature’s candy!
We sampled some raspberries that were packed full of flavor, minus a lot of the pesticides that are banned in Europe but permitted in North America. Have you been to a produce market abroad or at home, and if so, what did you think?
This spot was so wonderful that I had to dedicate a post to it. La Maree was a phenomenal seafood restaurant overlooking the Monaco yacht harbor. It was our last night in Monaco so it was the perfect experience to be able to take in some of the scenic beauty that this small but extraordinary country offers. We had several small dishes and each one was delectable, but I have to say I was a major fan of the dessert. Although it took extra time to prepare it gave us more time to take in the ambience and when it finally did arrive, it was well worth the wait.
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 love Paris. It’s such a beautiful city with so much history. On this trip Paris was a stop over between Dublin and Monaco but we packed as much into 14 hours as we possibly could, so I’m going to share our itinerary so you can get the most out of Paris as well.
We stayed within walking distance of the Arc de Triomphe and the Eiffel tower so that we could see both fairly easily and walk around the areas that we enjoy the most, including strolling on the Champs-Elysees.
It’s not right to go to Paris and not try as many of their pastries as possible. Everything we had was unbelievably delicious especially the Drop from a La Petite Marquis.
We also explored the area around the Louvre, which was a haven for all the french designers; well known and obscure. We’ve visited the Louvre before which is why we didn’t go this time, and I would suggest choosing specific pieces you want to see before going because you really could spend multiple days inside the Louvre taking in all the artwork. If you have a passion for fashion you can stroll the entirety of Rue Saint Honore and indulge in the finest haute couture houses known to man.
We went on a riverboat cruise down the Siene and while we’ve done the bus tours before this river cruise was a real treat. Tons of information, seeing the whole city by water, and getting a new perspective on the famous and infamous locations around Paris, such as Notre Dame.
We went to one of our favorite spots for dinner the roundabout adjacent to the Eiffel tower across the river. There are several great restaurants in this vicinity and Cafe Le Malakoff is one of the best for people watching, enjoying the view, and sampling excellent french cuisine.
The next morning we boarded the train for Monaco and waved Paris farewell for now!