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EXTREMELY long trip report: Florence, Orvieto, Capri, Santorini, Rhodes/Lindso, Navplion, Split, Venice, Verona, Bellagio, Monte Carlo and Nice

EXTREMELY long trip report: Florence, Orvieto, Capri, Santorini, Rhodes/Lindso, Navplion, Split, Venice, Verona, Bellagio, Monte Carlo and Nice

Sep 23rd, 2005, 02:27 PM
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Our last full day of the trip of a lifetime. We woke up to a gorgeous day. After both bathing in a miniature bathtub, we headed down to breakfast. Actually, the tub was quite long, just so narrow that when I reclined in it, I couldn’t move my arms enough to even get water to my armpits!!! Breakfast was good – a large variety of breads, eggs, pastries, cold meats and cheeses.

Hubby wanted to go for a run but I didn’t. However, he did talk me into walking to the top part of the city (directly above our hotel) – about 300 steps! Up here, the oldest part of Nice, there was a spectacular view of Nice and the water. There is quite a beautiful park up high that is very well maintained and there were old lots of historical markers (in French, of course) describing the significance of this part of town. After walking around for about 45 minutes, I returned to the hotel and hubby went for his run.

When hubby returned and cleaned up, I was sitting by the pool, sunbathing for the last time on our trip. It was such a beautiful day! Hubby stayed in our room and read on the balcony while I sunbathed. We had decided that we wanted our last day to be low key and kind of a “vacation within a vacation” and it was certainly becoming just that.

We lunched at the hotel – splitting a club sandwich – and then we headed out to do the last of our shopping. We did quite a bit of walking but we had a blast. We found a really neat men’s store where we bought hubby a Christian Dior jacket. We were also heading toward the Hotel Negresco which was on the opposite end of town from our hotel. We still needed to cancel our dinner reservations. When we got to the hotel, we walked around it because it is a very well known hotel. It looked nice enough but we liked our hotel, La Perouse, a lot better. After canceling our dinner reservation, we headed back toward La Perouse. We did more shopping on our way back to the hotel and we also walked along the wide promenade next to the sea. We both agreed this had been a perfect day and a perfect way to end a long trip.

Along the way, hubby tried to get us dinner reservations at a restaurant (Beau Rivage) on the sea that piqued his interest. However, it was closed for a private function. So, we decided to eat our last meal at our hotel. GREAT choice. We both had seafood and just a wonderful meal and a good bottle of wine. During dinner, we found out our waiter (and most of the other staff at the hotel) were students in college who were studying the hotel business. We spent the rest of the evening talking about all the fun we had had and how this really had been the trip of a lifetime.

All good things must come to an end and we had to finish packing. So, we headed back to our room pretty early to pack and prepare for our trip home.


Hotel La Perouse
11, Quai Rauba-Capea
06300 Nice, France
33 493623463


We got up not-too-early, had breakfast at the hotel, and were picked up by our driver (provided by the hotel) around 11:00 a.m. Got to the airport about 11:15 and stood in line for a long time to get checked in. On our return flight, we were in business class again but this time there WAS a first class section – with only one person in it!!! A non-eventful flight but we had to land in Paris again and almost missed that flight because it was such an ordeal getting from one terminal/flight to the next. Paris DeGalles Airport sucks! We flew from Nice to Paris, Paris to Atlanta, then Atlanta to Tulsa. In Atlanta, we had about a 3-hour layover … we were exhausted. We arrived home in Tulsa about 11:50 at night and by the time we got our luggage and drove home it was 1:00 a.m.

The end. Whew!

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Sep 23rd, 2005, 02:56 PM
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Yes extremely long but extremely interesting and informative too! I read (almost) every word and I am keeping your report for future trips!!

Thank you so much for taking the time to be so detailed in your report.

Your traveling style reminded me of how I used to travel (with alot of luggage, with drivers, etc.) Fun, isn't it?

Thanks again!
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Sep 23rd, 2005, 04:05 PM
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What a wonderful report. Thank you so much for taking the time to share it.
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Hello OklahomaTraveler, you had a trip of a lifetime!!! Something you and your dear husband will remember forever I would imagine. And what a wonderful way to celebrate your husband's 50th birthday! Thank you for sharing your beautiful trip. You have a great way of describing your hour to hour events. A trip that was obviously planned out well. Best wishes to both of you!
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On the left hand of the screen, it shows 23 responses to this thread. Why is that? There are only a couple of responses at this point in time?
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Sep 23rd, 2005, 06:17 PM
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Thank you for sharing your trip. It sounds like it was a dream. I really enjoyed reading it and they way you organized it made it very easy to read. Glad you had such a great vacation!
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What a great trip. Kudos for the report. I don't think I could remember or write that much.

Thank you.
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Sep 23rd, 2005, 06:27 PM
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I enjoyed reading your report. I recently returned from the south of France celebrating my 50th also. It's funny but I felt the same way about Monte Carlo. We just went over there for dinner from Cap Ferrat but it was probably my least favorite place we visited. There was something rather sterile about it--very pretty but it didn't seem "real".
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Thank you for taking the time to write such a detailed report. It does indeed sound like the trip of a lifetime.

LoveItaly, the first 20 or so responses were the continuing chapters posted by Oklahoma Traveler.
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Oh Nikki, thank you!!! I should have realized that, LOL! Guess I had one of those "dense moments". Take good care.
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Very nice report. I appreciated your candidness throughout, even mentioning things you should have read up on.

Perhaps because I doubt I'll ever go there, I think I was most intrigued by the section on Monte Carlo. What a fun meal you had on your first night, seeing Liza Minelli. And I loved the part about the jellyfish. I read it aloud to my own husband who commented "I would have probably done that too... wait, is that why you read it to me?"
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Wow! What an amazing trip and report. I can't believe I read the whole thing

I, too, appreciate your willingness to share candid details including mistakes (or shouldas) as well as the cost of things. It really helps others plan and make decisions.

Thanks for taking the time and effort to post!

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Many kudos for your thoughtful
trip-of-a-lifetime report & for including
addresses & tel #'s.
By any chance, do you recall the
price range of the ties & scarves @ CROATA in Split? I'll be there in a
few days & have gifts to buy.
Thanks in advance.
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Sep 24th, 2005, 07:08 AM
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Thanks for sharing your experiences! We didn't travel this year, and I loved the places you took me!
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Wow, THANK YOU so much for sharing. How I wish I can celebrate my 50th in this manner.

Can someone tell me how long will Fodor's keep messages here before they are deleted ??

Do let us know if you will to publish a travel book. I will be the first to order 1 !

Can I have your contact ? I will print it out and hope to have it autographed by you 1 day.

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Oklahoma Traveler,

Excellent Report. I enjoyed every word. It sounds like it truly was a trip of a lifetime!

Especially enjoyed your comments on places in Greece and Bellagio. Greece has always been on my "want to do" list and the Lake Region in Italy is our next Europe destination.

Sounds like your husband had a wonderful birthday! My 50th is in a few years (by the way - on the same day as your husbands). I think I'll suggest a special b'day trip and use some of your comments as a starting point!!!

Thanks for sharing!
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Dear Oklahoma Traveler,

"Our assessment of Louis XV ..... I haven’t felt like a hick in a long time (not to say that I shouldn’t!!)"
Thank you so much for this. I felt vindicated for feeling the same way 12 years ago at the very michelin-star-famous Paul Baucuse in Lyon where I felt deplorably underdressed and got indescribably snotty looks for taking a picture with the famous chef, who came out to greet us, while the very bored-looking and positively aristocratic couple across raised eyebrows, barely picking at their meal...
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Thanks for posting and interesting report.

I am happy that nobody has told you "you traveled too fast"or "you did too much."
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