Hey, hey Thursday!!!
Friends, they’re back in school, and I’m over missing them big time. We had a GREAT first day, but you know…it’s hard transitioning back. I’m very positive that a pumpkin scented candle burning on my desk this afternoon is the exact medicine I need for my post-summer blues 😉 .
This was our second port of the itinerary where we woke up…
…in beautiful Nice, France!
After coffee on my balcony, I got dressed…
…which was super simple thanks to my packing method and we…
…hopped on a tender and headed into Nice.
When we arrived in Nice, we had transportation all lined up to take us to Monte Carlo for the day. There are so many different directions you can go from this Nice port, but since my boys are OBSESSED with the series Formula One, they wanted to head to Monte Carlo, Monaco for the day. Ironically, on this trip, we visit the two smallest countries in the world. On this day, we hit Monaco and then later on, we’ll hit Vatican City.
Oh Monte Carlo, you’re so fancy! The mega yachts just blew our minds.
There were a few “musts” my kids wanted to see. First, we watched the movie Once Upon A Crime way back during quarantine and my kids loved it (it’s super cute!), so they had to visit the famous casino.
Next up, Smith and Andrew wanted to drive the F1 track around the city. Listen, I’ve mentioned this before on the podcast, but I realllllly tried to get into Formula One (since they’re so into it), but I struggled watching the series. BUT…now that I’ve actually driven the track (they drive on the streets around the city, turning on the smallest angles, going around buildings…it’s insane), I’m going to try again. It was really cool to see the markings on the street indicating the different points of the race and to drive it from start to finish. It made me want to try F1 again. We’ll see…
Some people had to stop for a photo by the fancy car…
…because big yachts and fancy cars are the name of the game in this town.
We strolled, we shopped, we had a delicious lunch that I forgot to photograph and thoroughly enjoyed our morning in Monte Carlo.
Next up, we met our driver in town for a car ride right over to Eze back over in France but first…
…she took us to the coolest, most out of the way spot for a photo and the views of Monaco. You could see pretty much the entire country from this point (along with being able to see both Italy and France here too!).
It was a short ride from this spot over to…
…Eze. Now, this little village winds and curves all the way up tiny, narrow streets until you get to the garden at the top. It was HOT, and for some really crazy reason, Andrew Shull had forgotten that the last time he did this, he said he wouldn’t do it again. I clearly remember going in 2013 and him saying it was too hot for all of that and he wouldn’t do it again…but he forgot he said that until we were about halfway up. It was a hot walk but with rewarding views.
Up we go!
Everyone needed gelato to motivate them up.
When little sister’s legs gave out, big brother stepped in! It was hot but boy, it’s an experience to visit Eze.
Kensington stopped and bought two skirts and Ashby bought a bracelet. The shops are so small and cozy tucked in there.
When we made it to the top, we could see our ship!!
See? The views were totally worth it 😉 .
The faces of people heading down the hill.
And back we were at the bottom. We hopped back in the van and after a full day…
…headed back to the ship and pool. Fries after a full day are a must.
Do you see those two? They were living their best life in the hot tub.
It was clearly “red” night for us! We cleaned up and enjoyed the evening activities on board the Beyond.
Hi, we’re the Shull family and we’re obsessed with sushi these days…
…and oysters. This will always be known as the summer all four kids (finally) fully embraced sushi and oysters. Bonus, this place on the ship made it gluten-free!
Kensington’s face cracks me up back there. That kid!
Sushi, oysters and a magic show…
…cheers to our day in Monte Carlo!
I’ll see you all tomorrow, friends! Have a great Thursday! xx