I used to think the term and concept of a “babymoon” was just another cute pregnancy trend and an excuse travel, but that was fine with me because any excuse to travel is a worthy excuse in my book. Only after taking the trip did I realize it was really a “babymoon” and absolutely necessary for expecting couples. Dannie and I had been so busy as soon as we found out about the pregnancy. We both jumped into doer mode. He, with Makersplace, and me, with the renovation, that we didn’t have time to celebrate and reflect on the pregnancy. Being away from our regular world gave us that opportunity to reflect, to celebrate, to plan, to lay out our hopes for her, our hopes for us as to what kind of parents we want to be, and to mentally prepare for our baby girl.
We flew into Paris, then caught a domestic flight to Nice. We stayed near the Old Town of Nice, walked to the market daily, grabbed fresh baguette, foie gras (I had to beg for a bite of foie gras because Dannie is a food police) and olives to enjoy on our balcony and lounged by the pool. The weather in April was a little brisk for any sort of swimming but beautiful for daily strolls.
We took a 15-minute Uber ride to Eze and stayed at the Chateau de la Chevre D'or. My pregnancy brain almost messed up our trip when, upon arrival, we found out that I had booked for the next day instead. I tried to arch my back and show the belly for sympathy. Haha. Luckily, we were traveling during low season so they found us a room without any issues. I wish I wasn’t as lazy at Eze because the scenery around the chateau and of the chateau was amazing. But I was becoming less and less motivated to take pictures as the trip progressed so you’ll just have to take my words for it. I love Eze and highly recommend it. I was on the fence about staying here since it didn’t sound as popular as other places along the French Riviera but I was swayed by the restaurants on site. As expected, my palate rarely leads me to the wrong place.
Chateau de la Chevre d'Or Restaurant (2 Michelin Stars)
Villefranche Sur Mer
We took another Uber ride to the next town on the French Riviera - Villefranche Sur Mer. This is a very cute town along the French coastline. Whereas Eze was more polish and elegant, Villefranche Sur Mer felt more humble and down to earth.
I’m embarrassed to say that this grilled lobster was the only photo that I have of Monaco. Pregnancy laziness had grown full force at this time and I was too lazy to take out my camera for anything else. That should tell you how amazing this grilled lobster was!
We took a train ride from Villefranche Sur Mer for a day trip to Menton, which is the last city on the French coastline before Italy. The train is so convenient here. Had I known how accessible many of the cities on the coastline were to the train station, I would have been bolder with my hotel bookings. Back to Menton, we went here specifically to dine at Mirazur. It was spectacular - worthy of the 3 Michelin Stars and title of the world’s best restaurant (I wasn’t even aware of this ranking until now, I thought they were ranked 3rd at the time we dined there).
At last, all fun must come to an end. We flew into Paris for one night before flying back home.