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Welcome to the French Riviera. Once a small fishing town owned by monks, Cannes is now home to all the glamour of the International Film Festival and hosts a multitude of major festivals and conferences each year. On the coast is Nice, the capital of the Riviera that lies along the brilliant Bay of Angels. Monte Carlo is located in the Principality of Monaco, north of Nice on the Mediterranean Sea. Luxury hotels, a magnificent casino, the Formula One Grand Prix and home to royalty for centuries, Monte Carlo is a region rich in history, culture and beauty. Bienvenu!Find Cruises Sailing to This Port
Flowering gardens and palm trees line the curve of Cannes' coastline along the promenade de la Croisette. La Croisette is a street to explore at a leisurely pace, drinking in the stunning seaside view. Or, how about a dance with France's lady luck in the Monte Carlo Casino? This casino was built in 1878. Enjoy the elaborate décor and architecture of the game rooms, featuring stained-glass windows, paintings and sculptures. High-class gambling requires high-class attire; jacket and tie are required for men. The casino opens in the afternoon. Guests must be over 18 to enter.
While in Monte Carlo, try a local specialty like "barbagiuan", a pastry filled with rice and pumpkin; "socca", chick-pea flour pancakes; or "stocafi", dried codfish cooked in a tomato sauce and Provençal herbs. Order a salade niçoise in Nice - a classic salad made with fresh tomatoes, mixed leaves, anchovies, tuna, beans and olive oil. Cannes has a large selection of excellent seafood restaurants. Oh, and don't forget to have a croissant!
Along the Promenade de la Croisette in Cannes, you'll find high-fashion boutiques. Looking for wine, herbs, olives and oils? Peruse the emporiums on the Rue Meynadier. Cannes is also home to some of the best chocolatiers. The local specialty candy may be devoid of chocolate, but these "fruits confits," or jellied fruits, are definitely worth sampling.
The Euro (EUR), the currency of the European Union, is the official currency of France. Many stores and restaurants also accept major credit cards, which usually offer you a good exchange rate. When shopping, remember there is a Value-Added Tax added to most purchases.
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