– Monaco – what a lovely place!
– And watch out for the Elemis Today’s special Value this weekend!
– Ps and one of the most amazing Pina Colada’s I’ve ever had!
Well, here’s my little holiday report for you as promised! My lovely pal Goodey (the model) mentioned she’d been to Monaco a couple of times and wouldn’t it be lovely to go there so I could do some ‘research’ for my story – the first chapter is set there! So, as it was about time I took a little mini-break I thought why not?! So off we went!
We stayed in the Columbus Hotel, down in the minor port called Fontvielle, and the 7th floor view did us proud. It got all ‘Thomas Kincaide’ as the sun went down, as you may see from the shot below! Looking towards the sea, you could even see the helipad, where the more ‘cash-rich, time-poor’ visitors can take a helicopter trip to the airport in Nice! I did go in one a few years ago, on a business trip – it’s amazing how it feels like you’re going so slowly, but it only took 7 mins instead of 50 mins from Nice airport to Monaco!
If you’re anything like me, then holidays have to include some sightseeing. So it was a pleasure to go exploring and with my Fuji bridge camera in hand, with a 30x zoom. I was very pleased with some of the shots I got – specially ‘cos a lot of them were just on the ‘auto’ mode! For instance, in in the photo at the top of this blog – me in my best Kim and co maxi, standing in the grounds – just look at the beautiful blue sky!
My favourite afternoon, just prior to a bit of retail therapy (HAS to be done, darling! Lol) was spent just watching the world go by. We walked across from one port to the other, ‘recce’ing’ the yachts and the jetties for my novel, then ended up passing a very pleasant couple of hours in Monte Carlo, at the exclusive end of Monaco, where all the films are usually set. This was a little video clip of the square from the top end.
The Casino is on one side, and the Café de Paris is on the other, where Goodey and I sat for a couple of hours people-watching. We saw some very well-dressed people, elegant and sophisticated, and some amazingly expensive cars. As you’d expect in Monaco! And we had THE most delicious drinks, including a wonderful Pina Colada (WITH the ‘pina’ this time – well I was on my holidays. But only the one – it did cost 18 euros!) which is pictured above. Then it was off to shop – and visit some of the luxury hotels to find out more about their conference rooms, where my characters in my novel have a confrontation scene!
I was of course, observing many of the yachts moored in the harbour, since that’s where my heroine ‘Sadie’ first meets her hero ‘Mac’. So I got lovely Goodey to post as my character, looking out across the bay wistfully, just as the sun was setting. Haha! Now the thing about Monaco is that it’s very up and down, lots of hills and tunnels, as you’d know if you watch the Grand Prix, for instance! But the most striking views are often across the quai, both Fontvielle, or the main one, Port Hercule. Every view is the typ of standard shot you see on postcards everywhere (one of mine below!)
Then when the sun went down completely, the camera really came into its own and I found I could capture a taste of what the eye can see in the pretty floodlit areas around one of the ports – beautiful.
The food was incredible by the way! Having had our first night there, which was spent mostly in a bit of a daze for me, since I’d not slept the night before (having been on air till 2am!) we took ourselves down to breakfast, which was just heavenly! No ordinary scrambled eggs, no plain coffee, no bland French sticks – OMG it was just fab! I’ll have to avoid the scales for a while I think! Lol.
And Goodey and I had an outstanding last night meal in the Clementine restaurant overlooking Port Fontvielle, including fresh octopus starter and the most mouth-watering Tiramisu dessert – which we had to share! Highly recommended if you’ve ever been there! Let me know what you’d recommend if you have visited Monaco yourself!
It was indeed wonderful whiling away the time putting the world to rights, underneath the light of the moon, looking out over all the fabulous yachts! Yes I will come back very inspired that’s for sure! I couldn’t get away from QVC entirely tho, including wearing lots of QVC clothes, like this red dress from Lenny’s Nina Leonard collection. I've included a picture (below) of the foyer bar of our hotel – very posh! Plus when we went shopping, we found a whole selection of Kipling, including Arnold, the biggest monkey I’ve ever seen – he was hand-sized! I didn’t even know they existed! And of course we were bound to find one of our top brands in the duty free area – on the way home, we covered ourselves in refreshing lemon verbena in – yes you’ve guessed it - the L’Occitane shop!
PS. Just had to say Goody and I had the best laugh, including a line from a guy on a boat which may well end up in my book! We said ‘excuse me, do you speak English?’ and he said ‘badly – I come from Essex’! Haha! Even down to the cab driver who brought us home from Heathrow, who’s name was – really – Mustafa Kamel! Lol. It was a really lovely trip, and Craig has said he’s putting his name down too, for the next time Goodey and I go travelling! Where should we go next, do you think?
Just a quick word about the Elemis TSV this Sunday – it’s the biggie for Xmas, so don’t miss it! It features not only the famous Pro-Collagen Marine Cream, which I used when I was away, but also the Oxygenating Night Cream, some fab body products AND the premier of a brand new hand and nail cream with the most amaaaazing smell! And if you look at customer comments here on our website, just on the Duo of Day and Night Cream alone, there are 16 out of 16 five star reviews! And the whole TSV will cost less than that despite having several more items in it! So if you want to get some tremendous xmas gifts for loved ones who adore their Elemis, don’t miss it on Saturday night at midnight and through the day on Sunday!
Must just say ‘hi’ to Mark who is a big QVC fan, and the manager of the Chelsea Football Club hotel. He popped in for a coffee, as a thank you to him for looking after our management team so well at an awayday recently. He was telling me about how thrilled he is with his Yankee TSV Christmas votive set – so pleased, he bought two sets!
And finally – had my first ‘Happy Christmas’ card delivered into my pigeonhole – we’re so hi-tech nowadays , it’s really nice to sometimes get greetings the old fashioned way! I’ll be sending xmas cards back to almost everyone who sends me one, with a full address inside it, as I usually do, as long as you’re early!
And on Facebook – from a recent addition to my Facebook friends, a chap called Paul Higham – I also had a message saying ‘thanks for the add, and a merry xmas’! That’s a first for me Paul! Anyone else received any xmas greetings yet? And I have to say apologies to anyone else waiting, as I’m a bit behind with those F’book friend requests at the mo so sorry if you asked me a while ago! Am ploughing through gradually! But am supposed to be finishing the book of course! And creating my hand made xmas cards, and… well, you know how busy my life is! Lol.
More next week – when I may well have some insider info on Lee Hohbein’s 40th birthday party this weekend, (if I’m allowed to show you any pics! Hehe!) and another lovely ‘eat’ recommendation from one of those Groupon offers in London, when an old mate comes to visit me!