6 months of photos, or what happened to my images of Nice and Monaco?

Hmmm, reading through my blog posts there’s been plenty about the Mille Miglia, my new bike, my previous bike and work – but of late very little about my photos! Worse, I just realised I’ve posted absolutely nothing about a trip to Monaco and Nice earlier this year.

Despite the weather, a fabulous time was had by all. This was February, so we weren’t expecting wall to wall sunshine but almost 6 days of rain wasn’t in our plans.

This was a mixed trip, with a few meetings scheduled interspersed with pleasure as I got some time to get out and photograph the principality – and its neighbour Nice.

So anyway, on to some photographs…

Monaco first, as that’s where we started!  On arrival we were greeted by the most glorious night-time scene as we looked from a high floor Sea View room at the Fairmont Hotel.

Monaco at night

Next day, the view was almost as gorgeous!  Here you can see, amongst others, Le Meridien Beach Plaza and also the Monte Carlo Bay hotel & resort. Both are excellent 4* hotels.

View across Larvotto

Here’s the all important picture of our hotel for the week – the Fairmont Monte Carlo.

Fairmont Monte Carlo

What about around Monaco, I hear you cry…  Ok, here’s a few of the sites of the principality, all in one panoramic image (that also illustrates the weather we experienced!):

Monaco from Rocher

This shot was taken from adjacent to the Princely Palace and gives you an idea of the views from one of the highest points in Monaco as you look out over ‘La Condamine’ and ‘Monte Carlo’ which are districts of the Principality of Monaco.  In the distance are La Turbie (France) and ultimately Italy.  Shame about the cloud – it can be absolutely stunning up here!

Moving on to Nice, we were hopeful of improving weather. It was the last weekend of their Carnival, a celebration of the end of winter, the coming spring and flowers! Mother nature clearly wasn’t playing ball though as, if anything, the weather got worse!  Still a great opportunity for some moody photos!

Nice in winter

Carnival was quite spectacular. A bonus – our hotel was right over part of the route of the floats (and not far away on the other procession).

Carnival antics

Carnival procession

Of course, Nice is a fantastic year-round destination (even when it is raining!).

View from Castle Hill

Even in the wet, the Flower Market is an amazing place to visit!

Flower Market in Nice

And finally, let’s talk about the weather…

Stormy seas

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