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Viva La France!!!

I’ve still got piles of dirty laundry to get to, but I’d rather report on the fabulous trip that Mr. vB and I just returned from.  {I tried to condense the vacation into as few words as possible, but this still might be the longest post to date.  Just Warning ya!}

As a “reward” for exceeding my sales goals last year, Mr. vB and I (along with 135 others) were treated to 5 days of pure luxury in the South of France by my company. 3 days in Monte Carlo, Monaco and 2 days in Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur, France.

Let’s start in Monte Carlo.

We arrived on a Tuesday Morning just a bit groggy thanks to 2 Flights, one of which was overnight, teamed with a 6 hour time difference.  But none the less we were stoked to be on vacation!  We were then whisked from the Nice airport and taken to the beautiful Hermitage Hotel in the heart of Monte Carlo. {only about a 30 minute drive)

After checking in, we grabbed a quick {4 hour} cat nap and then got gussied up for the Welcome Reception.

Our Hotel room was the size of a postage stamp, but my teammate Toni’s room was ENORMOUS!  They even had a private terrace that overlooked the main harbour and Palace.  {that’s where the above photo was taken} Needless to say we hung out in their room ALOT!

Here are Toni and I in one of our many refined moments of the trip.

We were “raising the roof” and/or maybe patting ourselves on the back for winning such an awesome trip!

PS.  you can’t really tell from this photo but Toni is 7 months prego.  She was such a trooper during the trip and I think I complained more about my feet/back that she did!

After a great night of sleep we were up bright and early the next morning to go on our first tour.  We headed out to see the sights of Monaco as well as surrounding cities.

The Bay of Angels

Eze, France

What a view from this mountain top perch!!

St. Nicholas Cathedral, Monaco

(Where Grace Kelly married Prince Rainier}

And the Royal Palace..

{look the prince is home- the white flag is flying above the turret}

Then that evening we got gussied up again, this time for the Black Tie Awards Dinner at the Hotel de Paris.

What a fun evening!

We even caught a model photo shoot, just over the patio…we all gawked, but didn’t recognize either model.  Do you?

The 3rd day we trekked out again in the morning, but this time we headed into the city of Nice.

Did you know that Nice is the 5th largest city in France?  I didn’t.

While in the city we stopped at a few churches, a farmer’s market and drove past the Modern Art Museum.

Then once we got back into Monaco, we took a boat taxi through the harbour over to the Oceanographic Museum and Aquarium (Musee Oceanographique).

What amazing Architecture!!!

By the end of the day we were EXHAUSTED!!

All the energy we could muster up was to order room service and hang out in Toni and Mike’s {fabulous} room.

On our last morning in Monte Carlo, we walked around and took in a few more sites.

The Grande Casino

The Hotel de Paris

The Hermitage {our hotel again}

More models?

And then we were off to the Four Seasons in Provence!

Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur is about 1.5 hours from Monte Carlo and took us through the countryside of France.  We literally thought we were in the middle of nowhere until this came into sight.

The Four Seasons was AWESOME.

Instead of hotel rooms they had villa’s.  And you got to your villa via golf cart!  How cool is that!!

This was the door knocker to our villa.

And when I saw villa I should really say small house.  We had a foyer, a living room, a dining room, a patio, a bedroom, a closet that was the side of our hotel room in Monaco, and TWO full bathrooms.  Really???

We spent the rest of the afternoon checking out the resort grounds.

The Spa

The Pool

The Crazy People from Virginia

And before we knew it, it was the last day of the trip.

We ventured out that morning to another town called Saint Paul De Vence.

It was really neat because they infused Modern art throughout the entire village.  But of course I didn’t get any good photos of the art to share..  So instead here are the vB’s and Eubanks…

And check out the view of the Alps!  {Hi Mike- Hi Toni!}

Once back to the resort, we had a lovely lunch and then I headed to get my relaxation on!  Someone had to test out the spa!

Our last evening was spent going into the City of Cannes for dinner.

The vB’s, The Eubanks and the Yare’s- looking good!

And then 24 hours later we were back home.  What an amazing week of seeing new sites and staying in luxurious places, but I was itching to get home to my boy vannyB!  He stayed with my parents at their house in Newport News.  Luckily we still got to see him twice a day…

So there you have it! Our trip in 874 words and a mere 70 photos.  Not bad!  Now the pressure is on to qualify for this year’s trip!!   Anyone need a chair or keyboard tray??


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  1. May 14th, 2011 at 06:40 | #1

    Awesome photos, Totty!! I can’t believe what great shots you got of so many beautiful sights! And you and Dave are hot-to-trot my friend :)

  2. Sarah G
    May 14th, 2011 at 16:34 | #2

    Fantastic Totty! Great photos, funny stories, so glad you guys got to experience that. Lets hope Wyndham helps with next years trip! Sarah and Jay.x

  3. May 19th, 2011 at 15:04 | #3

    Love it! I heard your Mom really enjoyed taking care of the baby.

  4. toni
    November 6th, 2011 at 13:58 | #4

    I was just browsing some cute Vanny B photos and saw this blog post. I’m ready to go back to France! I think we should start planning our next trip! :) you did such a great job recapping our fantastic week!

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