We had the most wonderful adventure this past weekend!
Warning...this post is very photo heavy, so if that isn't your thing or if that annoys you, don't say you weren't warned. :)
We had a four day weekend (due to Veteran's Day) and took a trip to the French Riviera.
I (again) used Airbnb to find a house for rent and we were stunned when we discovered how beautiful this property really was.
We stayed in Anthéor . Anthéor is right by the town of Agay on the French Riviera (Cote d'Azur) and right down the road from Saint-Raphaël.
We drove through Cannes and Nice to get there.
Our house was right on the Mediterranean Sea. I have never seen anything so beautiful.
We booked our trip to the French Riviera in the off season. It's not the time that most people want to go...but we avoided the crazy crowds of tourists and the inflated prices.
The red rocks (Cap Roux) were absolutely STUNNING.
Here are a few photos of the house and the view.
The views from the house were the absolute best part. The girls had a sweet little room with two bunk beds (they LOVED it) and we had a bedroom with a view like this:
Out of this window, every morning, I got to see this:
There was a terrace upstairs (which Cate and Lucy immediately took to):
Our time in France was super laid-back. Exploring, eating, and drinking. And that's about it.
One of my favorite "explorations"? A French supermarket. We came home with eclairs, baguettes, cheese, rotisserie chicken, macarons, and of course wine.
On the way home from France, we decided to drive through Monaco and explore a bit. I mean...it's Monaco. We had to.
We drove by the casino in Monte Carlo. If I was pretending to be Princess Grace, Jimmy was pretending to be James Bond. I'm sure of it.
And all the while, cars like this were passing us left and right:
After Monaco I thought we were heading home and I was loving the view (you won't believe how many times we pull over to take photos!).
This one was taken as soon as we crossed over the border back into Italia:
My enthusiasm quickly turned to white knuckles and a few muttered curse words when we started to make the trip down the mountains to the town of Monterosso.
The roads were super narrow and winding. All of the curves were blind (we had to honk to warn people on the other side) and some of the road was even falling off of the mountain. Harrowing to say the least.
What's that you say? Minivans aren't meant for the Cinque Terre? Yeah, that'd be correct.
Jesus take the wheel.
Harper said "Mommy, that's not very responsible!" HA! And I told her they have probably lived there their entire lives and they were just fine.
And I loved watching this group of men talk and tell stories:
We need WAY more time to explore and I can't wait to go back.
So there you have it...our weekend adventures. Sorry this post was so long, but at least I warned you! :)