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Old 01-26-2016, 04:17 PM
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Taking the family to Europe in June .... first time the kids are going across the pond....

While I am fairly well traveled throughout Europe - I have not been West of Monaco on the Med ...

Any suggestions for a base for 3 nights in either Cannes, Nice, Antibes ? or something I am missing ..

Getting a lot of conflicting info on the web ....

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Why not stay in Monaco in the Monte Carlo ?

I am slightly biased to that place though....
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Damn, man. Aren't you in Antactica right now?
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Originally Posted by myyellas2k View Post
Why not stay in Monaco in the Monte Carlo ?

I am slightly biased to that place though....
Been there... want to base somewhere new .... Plus I would end up playing craps in the casino the entire time... Not sure the kids would appreciate

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Damn, man. Aren't you in Antactica right now?
Back home .... Ready for the next trip
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Stayed at the Palais de la Méditerranée in Nice for our honeymoon a few years back. Was a great hotel in a good location. It was right across the way from the ocean and many different beach clubs, short walk to Old Town of Nice and a short ride to Monaco. My wife and I both loved it and cannot wait to go back once our son is old enough to enjoy, or at least let his parents enjoy, the trip.
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If you end up staying in Nice you should make a day trip to Eze. (Depending on how old the kids are. You would not want to go to Eze with little ones.) Eze is a really unique medieval village on top of a cliff. You must climb the ridiculously narrow roads on foot.
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If you are a boaty type, and like beaches which I assume given this forum, it is hard not to like Antibes and the stretch west of there to Cannes. Bring money, and be prepared to teach any young male members of the family a few things about the female anatomy while avoiding dirty looks from your SO. Three days is pretty short to enjoy the area.
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I got to spend a week in Cannes about 20 years ago...

We went to Nice and Monoco...I enjoyed the time/beaches/restaurants/bars in Cannes the best.
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You think texting is hazardous to driving, try driving the Marechal coast road while not looking at all of the teeties on the beach just yards away!

We lunched dockside in the Port of Monte Carlo. Talk about boat porn! This is where you realize there is no such thing as owning the largest yacht in the world, hundred plus footers look like Sea Rays next to the private ''cruise ship'' sized yachts parked along the avenue.

There are numerous hotels, motels and cafes along the winding Cliffside roads heading into Monaco. We stopped and had refreshments at a couple of them. The views are spectacular and make the $20 drink price worth the stop!

The Gran Prix is at the end of May, we were there the week before and actually got to drive our rented, Renault minivan along the grandstand studded course. It was pretty cool.

We found the hospitality folks along the Riviera to be a bit snooty. We had just spent a week cruising down the Canal du Midi in a houseboat, in the south of France, through wine country and couldn't have enjoyed a better class of people. So to encounter the reputed French attitude after the great experience we just had took us back a bit.

Would love to go back for a much longer visit, the whole Riviera is an amazing place.
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Cinque Terre is the most beautiful place in the Mediterranean, IMO. Especially if your family is active. It is five towns on the Italian coast with trails and a train between them. The view from the trails is amazing. You will think you are getting a good workout when an 75 year old lady strolls past you.

Possibly the best meal I have ever had was there.
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spent 10 days last summer in that area. Chartered yacht from port of Antibes. They all have they're charm and attractions. Antibes has some nice restaurants and some lively areas for sightseeing around the fort by the water. MUST see is the Hotel Du Cap Eden Roc. At least go for lunch. It truly is like something out of a movie. They have day passes and you can hang out in their amazing infinity pool overlooking the med. Prefer Cannes over nice. Some beautiful villages not to be missed in the area are St Paul de vance. Gorgeous midlevel village with mostly art stores some restaurants and bars, and the village of Eze, another amazing village with insane views on the side of a mountain overlooking the sea. All of these are within driving distance. For partying, indulgence and decadence tough to beat st tropez and its beach clubs. Overall the most amazing trip of my life. If you do go to St Tropez have dinner at L Opera, spectacular.
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I am not a big France fan but my SIL is and she likes Aux en Provence. The stay here http://www.villagallici.com/uk/hotel...e-officiel.php
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I am not a big France fan but my SIL is and she likes Aux en Provence. The stay here http://www.villagallici.com/uk/hotel...e-officiel.php
I was in Aix-en-Provence last summer. Really nice city. Clean, friendly and big enough to have the services you may want.
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Originally Posted by TTB View Post
If you end up staying in Nice you should make a day trip to Eze. (Depending on how old the kids are. You would not want to go to Eze with little ones.) Eze is a really unique medieval village on top of a cliff. You must climb the ridiculously narrow roads on foot.
Kids are late teens / early 20's .... 2 families ....

We have lunch plans for Le Rampart in Eze

So far I have Cannes or Nice as the base - due to the abundance of hotels ....

We wil be in Europe for 2 weeks so this is just one brief stop after Lake Como and before we head up to the Alps

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Originally Posted by triplenet View Post
Kids are late teens / early 20's .... 2 families ....

We have lunch plans for Le Rampart in Eze

So far I have Cannes or Nice as the base - due to the abundance of hotels ....

We wil be in Europe for 2 weeks so this is just one brief stop after Lake Como and before we head up to the Alps

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I spent 10 days in St. Tropez for a friends wedding. Stayed at a couple places. One was an old historic hotel. Very old French, very fancy, with a great ambiance. Can't remember the name off hand. Other place was Kontiki Village. It's in between St. Tropez and Ramatuelle. We stayed there for the majority of our trip. The accomdations are nothing fancy. They are newer and clean, but amount to nothing more than a French mobile home.
The location is perfect. Directly on the beach, with a store and restaurant on property. Close to town, vineyards etc...
Plenty of families there with kids of all ages, teens, young 20's, toddlers, etc.
The beaches are topless, if that's a concern for your family.

IIRC, by car, it's about 2hrs from ST. Tropez to Monaco. 1hr to Nice.

Great little historic town. Beautiful area! If you go, stop at the Chateau De Marres winery on Route D93 and do a tasting. That one was our favorite!

Nice and Cannes are great places too!

Make sure you rent a fun car while you're there. The roads are a blast to drive!

As an aside, I hope to one day spend a month in Europe, travelling place to place by car.
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Zgilbert, lemme get this straight. Triplenet asks for suggestions and you come up with "a French mobile home"? Dude, know your audience.
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Originally Posted by ndb8fxe View Post
Cinque Terre is the most beautiful place in the Mediterranean, IMO. Especially if your family is active. It is five towns on the Italian coast with trails and a train between them. The view from the trails is amazing. You will think you are getting a good workout when an 75 year old lady strolls past you.

Possibly the best meal I have ever had was there.
Trattoria Billy in Manarola was one of my best meals ever ... It may have been the 10 bottles of wine that day but the black ink pasta and view of the Med was unforgettable .. Great hiking up there as well...

If you like Cinque Terra but want a bit more upscale you should do the Amalfi Coast ..

We are skipping the trains this trip because of the kids and their luggage ... Don't want to be dragging 50 lb bags around the Cinque Terra ... Going for ski in/out if you know what I mean ..

Venice, Lake Como, French Riviera, Chamonix (alps), Burgundy area , Paris ..... London if we can fit it in - but doubt it ...

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It's on the beach, walking distance to everything on Pampelonne Beach. Has things to do for all ages.

Around 200 euro per night. Currency exchange is much better now. When I went Euros were $1.60. So at $320 per night, it wasn't exactly a "cheap" spot. You pay for the location.

http://en.riviera-villages.com/KON-TIKI

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Kon TIki is simply awesome.

Trip, you are in my hood man. I was in Riva Del Garda on Lake Garda last week, drove from there to:

Menton
Upscale, clean, monied. Lovely town on the seaside. Kids might get bored.

Nipped into Cap Martin (friend lives there) and then drove along the Corniche into Monte Carlo. No need to go there on this trip.

This time last week I was driving on the A8 headed to Antibes / Juan-Les-Pins.

I would either:

a) Stay in Nice - loads to do, big city, great restaurants - shops - Promenade Des Anglais - Beach. Easy.

b) Stay in Antibes. The kids will love the beach at Juan-Les-Pins and the older folks can enjoy Antibes and then have a bit of night-life too. Great bars, restaurants, music in Jean Les Pins. Lovely part of the world. Safe, somewhat authentic (for the Riviera), best beaches on the (French) Med.

I will be living in Antibes when you are there, so, if so inclined, hit me up if you need anything.

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