End of August / Beginning of September Update

As we enter into September…here’s an update:

-In Monaco you must provide 3 months notice to vacate an apartment.  It’s funny in the US, it’s barely even 1 months notice.  And in Monaco you can’t just call the “propriétaire” (owner) to tell them you’re moving out…you have to send an A/R letter which requires signature upon receipt. That way the owner can say that you gave proper notice based on the date that the A/R letter was received. Basically we sent the letter over the weekend & it was received on Monday 2, September and we have a move out date of Nov 30th!

-We bought our plane tickets home!  We leave Monaco on the 1st, overnight in Lisboa (pretty cool bonus trip!) and we arrive back in Miami the afternoon of December 2nd. It’s going to be SO WEIRD to be back in the USA, but I can not wait!

-The hubs did some photography work over the 2013 Grand Prix de Monaco for a friend.  He gave her a great deal, and she still owes 1/3 of the payment.  AND IT’S Effing nearly 4 months later.  What the hell is up with these Monegasques not paying their bills.  It’s a totally normal, and acceptable thing. And did I mention…..this Bia*ch was (WAS!) a friend.  We’ve been calling her, making appointments with her, begging her, basically all out annoying her non-stop and she still makes a million excuses why she won’t pay. Reason #21398203458 I can not wait to move back to the US & get away from all the bullshitters here in Monaco! PS. It’s not like it’s 50€….it’s for 1000€!!

-We spent the entire last week “house sitting” our friends gorgeous apartment in Nice, France!  It’s just 20 minutes away, but it felt like it was a world away.  We had more space, were able to relax, and really had a great time.

-Saturday the 31st we went to Villefranche for the first time ever.  Yes, we live 15 minutes away and have NEVER been before! It was absolutely lovely. We strolled the streets, checked out the chateau, explored the church, did a bit of shopping, but mostly just eating and drinking! We found a cute little pub & had a “pre-lunch” drink (or 2 perhaps) at Gaga‘s just 1 block off the harbour.  We got to chatting with the couples around us, and even the shop keeper from around the way.  We asked the shop keeper a good place for lunch, since we didn’t want to get sucked into any of the tourist traps. She recommended “Le Mayssa“(same owners as Paloma Beach on Cap Ferrat, for those who are familiar) which was a cute little spot overlooking the harbour….but off the main street.  There weren’t many people there, but the food, wines and views were all off the charts.

We started with a nice Bandol Rose wine and fois gras.  We shared a gorgeous sea bass with potatoes and veggies for lunch. And skipped dessert & just finished our wine and enjoyed the view!

I would HIGHLY recommend this little gem!

Here are some pics from our adventure that day:

Entrance to the chateau

Entrance to the chateau

View from the top of the chateau in Villefranche!

View from the top of the chateau in Villefranche!

View from the Chateau

View from the Chateau

Beers at Gaga's!

Beers at Gaga’s!

The harbour

The harbour

The view from the harbour

Handsome guy with the the three dogs! (we were dog sitting the yorkie!)

Handsome guy with the the three dogs! (we were dog sitting the yorkie!)

We got the best table in the house at Le Mayssa!

We got the best table in the house at Le Mayssa!

View from lunch!

View from lunch!

Yummy sea bass lunch at Le Mayssa

Yummy sea bass lunch at Le Mayssa

At the train station, ready to head home

At the train station, ready to head home

-Work has been sucking.  We don’t have any fun projects at the moment, so we’re basically counting down the days until our holiday….2 YAY!

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