Here’s the thing about Provence and the French Riviera – it’s huge! And I wanted to see so much of it. And I only had 3 days to do it. I knew it would be impossible to accomplish even one-tenth of all I wanted to, so I decided to not even try. I would have loved to wander the narrow streets of Villefranche or walk Nietzsche’s path down from Eze, but we were still in relax mode, so we settled for a boat tour of Nice and Villefranche-sur-Mer. We had to walk through Vieux Nice to get to the harbor. Unfortunately, we were in such a hurry to make it to the tour on time that we didn’t get to see much.
The captain/tour guide was hilarious and very informative. Also, I was very impressed that he gave all of the information in French, English, and Italian. I really thought I’d do a better job of remembering what he told us, but it’s been three months now, and I barely remember anything. Mostly, I just loved feeling the wind and the rock of the boat. But some of these houses (I can’t remember which ones now) belonged to Elton John, Tina Turner, Sean Connery, and some other rich and famous people.
Even though I didn’t get to walk the streets of Villefranche, I loved being able to see it from the harbor. All those colorful buildings stacked up against the mountains.
Back to Nice, where we cruised past the Opera House and Hotel Negresco and million-dollar yachts and lighthouses and sunbathers.
Next time I’m in the French Riviera (because I’m sure there will be a next time), I will have lots more to see, but for this trip, a relaxing boat tour was the perfect choice.