05/28/2013 - 05/28/2013 65 °F
By K: Sleep...sleep...sleep. This word has been in my head all day long. We had to get up at 6:15 this morning, and even though that sounds like I would have gotten enough sleep, I didn't. We got dressed and went to the lobby of our hotel to eat breakfast. Then we met our tour guide, who took us to her van. We picked up another family and headed for a farmer's market where they had a cheese stand, olive stand, spice stand, meat stand, jam stand, honey and soap stand, vegetable stand, and many more. They even had a macaroon stand! After that, we went to Cannes where they were taking down things from the Cannes Film Festival and the premiere of "Despicable Me 2". The tour guide then led us to St. Paul-de-Vence (built in the 10th century and rebuilt in the 14th century). That was where we had lunch - Nutella crepes and a ham & cheese crepe followed by mint chocolate chip gelato (for me), bubble gum for my sister and melon for my parents. From there, we went to Eze where they had so many adorable shops in the old "walled" portion of the town. We also went to visit the perfume factory where they make their perfume with all types of flowers. Then we drove to Monte Carlo where we saw the Monte Carlo Casino and the Hotel de Paris. Hotel de Paris is where they filmed the movie "Monte Carlo", starring Selena Gomez. We ended our 10 hour tour by going to the Royal Palace of Monaco, where we saw the statue of Francis Grimaldi, the first ruler of Monaco in 1297 A.D. The flag on the palace was up, which meant that the prince was home. Unfortunately, we didn't see him because there were too many rooms in his palace (about 200) and we had to get back to the bus. However, we did see the royal guard patrolling the entrance. The bus dropped us back off at our hotel where we enjoyed dinner and talking about how much fun we had today! Next stop - Venice!