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Monte Carlo Night!

Best things to do in Monte Carlo, Monaco!

After Kevin and I spent a week biking through the French countryside, my sweet friend Sommer met me in France for a fun girls week on the French Riviera! I hopped on a quick flight from southern France to the Nice Cöte d’Azur airport to meet her there.

Best things to do in Monte Carlo, Monaco!

I seriously could not get over the stunning views as we were flying into Nice!

Best things to do in Monte Carlo, Monaco!

Our first stop was… Monte Carlo!! From the airport, you can get to Monte Carlo by taxi or train, but by far the most fun way is a helicopter!! It’s only a 7 minute ride, and it doesn’t cost that much more than a cab. I had never ridden in a helicopter before, so I was ALL OVER this!! :)

Best things to do in Monte Carlo, Monaco!

It was so fun! It wasn’t too loud, and we didn’t have to wear headphones or anything.

Best things to do in Monte Carlo, Monaco!

The views flying into Monaco were amazing!!

Best things to do in Monte Carlo, Monaco!

This was seriously one of the highlights of the trip, and it only went uphill from here.

Best things to do in Monte Carlo, Monaco!Photo via Sommer

We stayed at the amazing Hotel Hermitage in Monte Carlo.

Best things to do in Monte Carlo, Monaco!

If you want pure luxury, the Hotel Hermitage is the place to be!

Best things to do in Monte Carlo, Monaco!

The hotel was gorgeous. It was like a museum!

Best things to do in Monte Carlo, Monaco!

I am so completely in love with our room. I wanted to move in!

Hotel Hermitage in Monte Carlo, Monaco

And the bathroom. Oh my word. Just look at that tub!

Best things to do in Monte Carlo, Monaco!

They had two dozen long-stem white roses, bottles of water, and Ladurée macarons waiting for us.

Best things to do in Monte Carlo, Monaco!

And how incredible is this view??

Best things to do in Monte Carlo, Monaco!

Here’s a panoramic look at the view outside our window.

Best things to do in Monte Carlo, Monaco!

Our balcony overlooked the Monte Carlo Harbor.

Best things to do in Monte Carlo, Monaco!

Loved waking up to this view!

Best things to do in Monte Carlo, Monaco!

We also had a special invitation waiting for us, handwritten in calligraphy.

Best things to do in Monte Carlo, Monaco!

It was inviting us to be a part of the Monte-Carlo Shopping Promenade, celebrated with live music, luxury shopping brands, and gourmet food trucks run by Monte-Carlo SBM’s eminent chefs. That is the famous Monte Carlo Casino you see in the background!

Best things to do in Monte Carlo, Monaco!Photo via Sommer

Everyone got a fun straw hat from this cute blue car!

Best things to do in Monte Carlo, Monaco!

Of course we had to check out the food trucks! Our first stop was at the Buddha-Bar truck. All the trucks represented restaurants around Monte Carlo, and were run by the executive chefs of the restaurant. Buddha-Bar had AMAZING sushi!! I guess I was not expecting to find sushi in Monaco, but it makes sense since they are on the water! It was honestly the best sushi I have ever had. I am still dreaming about this sushi! If you are ever in Monte Carlo, you HAVE to go to Buddha-Bar!

Best things to do in Monte Carlo, Monaco!Photo via Sommer

Our next stop was at Le Vistamar. Le Vistamar is a restaurant inside the Hotel Hermitage. We actually had dinner reservations here later that night!

Best things to do in Monte Carlo, Monaco!

Le Vistamar had mini lobster rolls. So good!

Best things to do in Monte Carlo, Monaco!

They also had a Strawberry Pavlova dessert. To die for.

Best things to do in Monte Carlo, Monaco!

Next we hopped on this fun mini train to the next stop! There was live music and incredible food everywhere. Such an unforgettable night. Monte Carlo knows how to throw a party!

Best things to do in Monte Carlo, Monaco!

That night we had a phenomenal dinner at the Michelin-starred Le Vistamar restaurant inside the Hotel Hermitage. Fish, lobster, risotto, ravioli. Everything was incredible. And gorgeous. We ordered the bigger version of the Strawberry Pavlova we tried at the food truck, since we loved the mini version so much. We also ordered the “Signature Vistamar”, a strawberry cream cake with strawberry sorbet and violet granita. It was here we learned that if there is ever a strawberry dessert on the menu in Monte Carlo, you order it. Just don’t even ask questions.

Best things to do in Monte Carlo, Monaco!

The next morning we had breakfast at the hotel. The Hermitage has an impressive breakfast buffet with pastries, tons of cereal options, meats, cheeses, eggs, and sausage. They also had a crepe bar! America has omelette bars, Monte Carlo has crepe bars! Of course I had to start the day with a Nutella crepe. ;)

Stay tuned for day 2 in Monte Carlo!! :)

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13 Responses
    1. Amanda

      Thank you Evan! You can click on any photo for the camera, lens, and settings used. Hope this helps! :)

  1. Bee

    Wow, what gorgeous pictures!! Absolutely love love love love love (and I can keep going…) love :-) the colors in your photos. What photo editing software and which filter do you use? It is just so cheerful and fun! I am so much in love with your pictures! Makes me so very happy… and wanna keep coming back to look at them! I have been to a lot of these places and taken photos from the same vintage point.. but the filtering is just too good! My pictures never came out this nice… not even close! really job well done!

  2. Megan {Country Cleaver}

    How absolutely darling are all of those treats!! And that hotel! Everything is positively swoon-worthy!

  3. Susan

    Monte Carlo is so beautiful!!! My parents have been there and they loved it so much they would tell anyone that was thinking the least bit about traveling there to do it!! Thanks so much for sharing this fabulous trip with us, I can’t wait for Part 2!
    I do have one question, though, and it’s something I think about when reading your travel posts…are these sponsored trips? I’ve noticed that other bloggers will specify that the trip was sponsored or paid for by a company, hotel, etc., but I only see that you mention the company, hotel, etc a good bit in your post. The reason I ask is that when I want to look into something I may use your post as a reference and don’t know what to say…specifically and most recently when booking a hotel in San Francisco. Just curious, not meaning to pry. Thanks!

  4. Patty K

    My bucket list keeps getting longer! That room is just adorable! Looks like you had a delicious experience at the Monte-Carlo Shopping Promenade!

  5. janet in nc

    What a spectacular trip! Your photos are gorgeous, you can just feel the energy and excitement! Just to follow-up too, my kids and I just returned from a week in San Francisco – loved Muir Woods, thanks for your great ideas, photo tips and inspiration to get up and go!

  6. Lori

    So I am curious….is there someplace you have NOT gone yet that you are dying to go to? I know Australia is coming up so that does not count! LOL!

  7. Tiffany Pirtle

    Do you wake up every morning thinking, ‘how is this my life’?!? Oh, to go on just one of your excursions….

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