The Final Day of the Riviera Rendezvous // Cap D’Ail & Villefranche-Sur-Mer, France

The Final Day of the Riviera Rendezvous // Cap D’Ail & Villefranche-Sur-Mer, France

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The first day was just as scenic and beautiful as the last. During my girl’s trip to the French Riviera last year we lucked out on just about everything – clean Airbnb‘s, sunny and mild weather, fantastic grocery story rose, soft and addictive baguettes and cheese, and when I politely asked a boat driver if he would be willing to give us a harbor tour if we paid him he didn’t just oblige, he took us on a boat cruise for free!

To save our pennies, we opted to spend a few nights in Cap D’ail, just outside of Monaco for the final few nights of our week. While the hike up and down to the beach was a Stairmaster workout, the rocky shore and dramatic peaks were breathtaking and aided us in quickly forgetting about our burning thighs. The Airbnb we choose offered sweeping views of the coastline and access to stunning infinity pool. While the wifi was really spotty (lots of dangerous leaning over the balcony to catch a better signal) we were pleased with the space. I took advantage of the views to snap lots of pics of my pretty friends, practicing portrait photography and having fun pretending to be a fashion photographer.

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On our last night we drove down to Villefranche-Sur-Mer for dinner. As we approached we were squealing over the views (well, maybe it was just me squealing) it’s no wonder Elton John and Madonna have estates here. The town transmits true glam and beauty that makes the French Riviera so exotic and special. After parking and racing (again, it was probably just me racing) to the harbor for the sunset we made our way to the main dock to snap pictures. A nearby motorist offered to take the shots for us while he waited for his guests who were dining nearby. Without hesitating, I quickly asked him if he’d be willing to give us a harbor tour… sometimes begging works in these instances, as I learned in Sicily. I expected him to reply with a steep hourly charge. Instead he smiled, said he had nothing else to do and invited us abroad. We cruised around the harbor for thirty minutes, oohing and ahhing over the mega-yachts while Robin Leach commentary played in our heads. It was surreal.

Closing the book on our French Riviera tour we didn’t hold back as we ordered dinner at a breezy cafe in town. Crab guacamole to start, mussels, rose (of course!) and crepes to finish.

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While editing these pictures I wanted to quickly show you the AMAZING power of Adobe Lightroom. I couldn’t live without it! Want to know what I’m doing to amp up my pics? Email me: margo@theoverseasescape.com and I’ll add you to my super not-so-secret list of Lightroom insiders! In the next few weeks I’ll be hosting Google hangout classes on how the magic is done. 😉

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Cheers to ladies-only trips! If you haven’t had been one lately then listen to me, your virtual blog buddy, you should go on one this year! (HERE are some ideas on where to go!)

A big thank you to Alex, Ashley and Tara for letting me be a paparazzi during their vacations. I can’t promise it won’t happen again! 😉 LOVE YOU GALS!

  • What a fun post to read! We are about to head to that area in about in week, and I cannot wait! 🙂 Sunning photography, by the way!

    • Oh, fun! where are you guys planning on going? Have a wonderful trip!! 😀

      • Thank you! We will be staying in Nice, Arles, and Toulouse but also exploring the surrounding areas such as Monaco and Cannes!

        • Margo

          sounds wonderful! have a great trip dear!

  • What beautiful photos wow! I must visit here! <3

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  • Kari Guastella

    What a stunning place to visit!
    Kari
    http://www.sweetteasweetie.com

  • Even though I don’t use Lightroom, can I join your not-so-secret group just to hang out with you?! (also, I’ll probably be investing in Lightroom soon so this is a great time to learn!) xoxoxo

  • Love!!!! What a great weekend getaway!

    • Margo

      Oh it was so wonderful! And get this.. the next day I saw T-Swift in concert! That week will never be beaten in terms of sheer wonderful-ness. (And now I sound like one of the screaming middle schoolers that also attended the concert…)

  • I was transported back to Ville Franche Sur Mer (thanks for the recommendation). Looking forward to rhe not-so-secret group for LR.

  • Andrea

    Wow magnificent. But i get a bit scared looking at those tall buildings at the ledge of the cliff, looks like they might fell when there will be an earthquake.

  • How gorgeous!! Totally swooning over all your photos (as per usual)!

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  • great end to your french riviera trip!:)

  • Arielle Adams

    Your travel stories and nothing short of amazing. Hoping to do a sister trip in a couple years once my younger one graduates college. So inspiring. Would love to visit France.

  • Girl’s trip.. such a great idea! Looks like you had a nice time. Now I want to do the same 🙂

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  • This place looks so beautiful – I’ve only ever been to the north coast of France when I was a kid, but I’m definitely going to have to make a little trip there sometime. We just booked a trip to Annecy this summer and was hoping it could be a little day trip, but at 5.5hr drive, I think it may be a little too far haha!
    I just sent you an email too about the editing!
    xo April | April Everyday