When you live in Paris, you can easily do things like plan a quick getaway to the French Riviera. This is exactly what I did in the autumn of September 2015. I took the 7.00 am 6-hour high speed TGV train from Gare de Lyon, which is quite cost-effective and comfortable. An added benefit of taking the train is the Pret A Manger at the station where I had a hearty breakfast of tomato cheese croissant, fruit salad and cafe mocha. Who likes to travel on an empty stomach after all?
I stayed at the most French, most quaint and most beautiful apartment ever, which I discovered thanks to Airbnb. That it was just five minutes walking distance from Gare de Cannes greatly added to its appeal.
I covered substantial ground during the 4 days I was there: Eze, Nice, Antibes, St. Paul’s, Monaco (Monte Carlo, specifically) and Villefranche-sur-Mer. It is a good idea to keep Cannes as a base because one can visit many nearby cities quite easily. You can either go East towards Nice, Monaco and onwards to Italy, or go West and cover St. Tropez, Marseille to move towards Montpellier.