The beautiful southern coast of France
For a few days my friend MarcO and I stayed in Monaco and checked “gamble in Monte Carlo” off the bucket list. Monaco proper is quite expensive, but also beautiful and every bit worth visiting. Our first night after we checked in to our airbnb, we walked down a few stairs (an ongoing theme of the weekend) to an amazing Italian place called il-terrazzino. On a weekend full of amazing food, it was the best meal we had there. The MENU NAPOLETANO is a medley of all the best food on the menu; pasta, fish, meat, bread, desserts, cheese. It was amazing.
One of my friends who lives in the area suggested we take a short drive into France to Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat. This little mostly residential peninsula was beautiful and not crowded at all in spite of the outstanding weather. I ended up even taking a dip in the Mediterranean to cool off after lunch and a lot of walking. Public beaches, cute shops, and a few good spots for food made this place an enjoyable afternoon before our night out in Monaco.
Like most casino experiences, the dealers make the nights. While the Monte Carlo casino itself was stunning to see, it really was not our speed with the high stakes and uptight atmosphere around the tables of the high rollers (which sadly, we are not). So after checking Monte Carlo off with a few wagers and a beer, we headed around town to one of the other casinos “Sun” to play Craps (which is somehow not offered at Monte Carlo). There, we found another outstanding meal at the attached restaurant and a banter filled dealer to watch us lose our money shooting craps all night.
The last day there we took a drive in the other direction across two borders to Italy for a relaxing seaside lunch with pizza from Costa Azzurra. Our weekend of outstanding food continued (shocking, I know) with an affordable giant specialty pizza. After a walk down the borderline deserted beach we stopped into a little pub that had Sky Sports to watch a bit of the football and then we were on our way. An excellent, though expensive, weekend.