The bus finally came, but by then so many people were waiting than Maggie and I (and a bunch of others) had to stand up for the 20 minute ride up the mountain. Guess no one thought we were old enough to give up a seat. Would have been fine except for the very winding road. We laughed so hard, I know all the French people onboard were rolling their eyes about the crazy Americans! Since we only had an overhead bar to hang onto, I felt like I was swinging on the monkey bars as we swayed back and forth up the mountain.
The bus #83 was a non-stop to Eze and cost another euro. (we forgot to ask for a transfer). We arrived in Eze and walked up the hill to tour the little town. It hadn't changed much since I had visited a dozen years before. The small medieval village was as quaint and charming as ever. At about 4:20, we were ready to return to Monaco, and remembered that there was a non-stop to Monaco (bus #112) that left at 4:40. So we high-tailed it down the hill and only had to wait about 5 minutes for the bus. It took a more direct route back (the middle Corniche rather than the lower one), and we were back in Monte Carlo at the Casino in about 20 minutes. Maggie went inside and walked around while I waited outside with the bags rather than check them. We tried to go into the Hotel de Paris across the street (after taking a good look at the Rolls Royces, Bentleys, Lamborghinis, Porsches, etc. parked out front), but they wouldn't let us in. For some reason, the bellman recognized that we weren't guests.
The Variety Voyager was not pulling into the dock until 7 pm. We found a seaside bar with happy hour prices (wine only 3 euros per glass) and had some drinks and snacks while waiting for the ship. We were back onboard before 7:30, took quick showers, and ate the casual buffet dinner. Good lamb chops and swordfish. While at dinner, we all said good-bye, amazed that the week on this lovely little cruise ship was over. The next morning we would sail back to Nice for debarkation very early, not leaving Monte Carlo until about 6:30 am, giving the partiers (and gamblers) onboard a chance to stay very late in Monte Carlo.
Variety Voyager "Romantic Rivieras" Cruise Travel Log:
- Embarkation in Nice and an Evening in St. Tropez
- Portovenere - Boat Ride to the Cinque Terre
- Portofino - Hike to the Brown Castle
- Monaco - Bus Ride to Eze
- Debarkation in Nice