Not me. Thirty-five years ago -- when I first started using Eurail passes to explore the continent -- I came to Nice because it was the cheapest place to stay on the French Riviera.
I returned occasionally to Nice, too. I could stay there and keep within the limits of Frommer's Europe on $25 a Day. I'd rent a bike and ride along the beautiful coastal path to the pricier Riviera towns, like Cannes.
I had read about the scenic Grande Corniche drive from Nice to Monte Carlo, so I hopped on a bus and headed out. The drive -- featured in Alfred Hitchcock's 1954 classic movie To Catch a Thief -- was as picturesque as billed. But once I arrived in Monte Carlo, I looked around for about an hour at this fairyland for the wealthy and headed back to the real world of Nice on the next available bus.
As I surveyed the Monte Carlo skyline during breakfast this time, I knew I'd made the right decision about what to do next. The ship would sail for Marseilles that night, but my son, his gal and I wouldn't be on it. Instead, we got off the ship, rented a car (a BMW -- this was Monte Carlo, after all), and left town on the Middle Corniche, which doesn't have as much traffic as the Grande Corniche.
We headed for Saint-Rémy-de-Provence, where I'd booked a hotel for the night.
I'll recap that part of the Grand Tour tomorrow. But for now, I'll say this: those two days away from the ship were the best part of the 11-day cruise.