Myrtle Beach Real Estate by Mirela

My European Vacation

Amanda & Mirela MONTE in MONTE Carlo...  it fits!

The end of my daughter’s month long French immersion program in Nice was the beginning of our vacation together.  I took this opportunity to have my daughter all to myself for some much needed mother-daughter bonding, after an arduous year in the Real Estate Trenches of short sales and foreclosures.  A little adventure was just what the doctor ordered and I returned refreshed and ready to delve into the business once again.

Two weeks driving through Europe with my daughter provided an ever changing scenery and ample opportunities for exploration.    From Nice we took one of the most scenic drives on Earth, that stretch of road through the mountains on the way to Monaco, where beautiful vistas beckon to be photographed.  Monte Carlo is every bit as “high end” and exclusive as it is in the movies, with the fanciest cars I’ve even seen in my life.   Italy was next, with several wonderful visits: Pisa, Cecina, Florence, Venice, Verona.  The Italians are amazingly nice and pleasant and I must confess, quite easy on the eyes, as well.  The architecture and landscapes are simply breathtaking. 

Our planned visit to Innsbruck, Austria, did not pan out due to some horrible weather, so we just drove through it, promising to return again.  By the time we arrived in Munich, Germany, we had On top of the World at the top of the Eiffel Towerenough respite from the rain to visit the Olympic Village and view this lovely city from atop the Olympic tower.  Our next stop was Saarbrucken, a charming German town on the border with France, where we visited my mom’s best friend.  The last time I saw her, my Amanda was only three years old. You can imagine the surprise when she saw my now 17 year old daughter.  It was a wonderful visit, for which I am very grateful.

Our next stop was Paris, which is only a four hour drive from Saarbrucken.  Although I have been to France on several occasions, this was my very first visit to Paris.  What can I say about it?  Majestic, brilliant, extraordinary, amazing, beautiful, inspiring… there are not enough adjectives to describe Paris, a city like no other on Earth.   By the time we were done with Paris and its outskirts (Versailles and Fontainebleau), we were ready for a relaxing couple of days on the French Riviera, but not before spending the day in Grenoble, a charming city in the French Alps I had visited with my son Alex six years earlier. 

I will post more blogs documenting my journey for those of you who wish to go someday and for those who have already been and would like to reminisce.   If you wish to have some meaningful one on one time with a son or daughter, I strongly recommend a trip through Europe together.  It is a great opportunity to spend time together on neutral turf, without cell phones, texting and a hundred other distractions.  Knowing where your child is emotionally is worth every penny such a trip would cost…

Happy Trails!  Life is short; enjoy it! 

(*note: please run the mouse over each picture for an explanation of the location)

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On the road from Nice to Monaco

The other building in Pisa...

Views of Ponte Vecchio, Florence, Italy

The Duomo, Florence, Italy

Venice, Italy

Venice, Italy, a city like no other...

My Daughter, Amanda, posing on Juliet's balcony in Verona, Italy

Verona, Italy

At The Louvre, Paris, France - I never knew the Coronation of Napoleon was THIS Big

It would take you a full two weeks to visit the entire Louvre

The Louvre

The opulence of Versailles is hard to comprehend until you see it in person

The opulence of Versailles is hard to comprehend until you see it in person

The opulence of Versailles is hard to comprehend until you see it in person

The Palace of Fontainebleau, located 55 kilometres from the centre of Paris, is one of the largest French royal châteaux.

Grenoble, France, site of the 1968 Winter Olympics

Nice, France, within a half hour of both Cannes and Monte Carlo, is where our trip started and ended


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Comment balloon 15 commentsMirela Monte • August 25 2010 11:13PM


Mirela ... stunning: you, your daughter and the photography - thanks for letting us glimpse a little of your reality!

Posted by Jack Mossman - The Nines Team at Keller Williams in Stockton, The Nines Team at Keller Williams in Stockton (The Nines Team At Keller Williams) almost 10 years ago

Feel free to ask me any questions about traveling through Europe: from car rental to hotels, to the exchange of money...  I would be glad to answer. 

Posted by Mirela Monte, Myrtle Beach Real Estate (Buyers' Choice Realty) almost 10 years ago

Such grandeur--thank you so much for sharing--there must be so many wonderful memories with this trip for you and your daughter to share over the years.  Your braveness in  driving on the "wrong" side of the road is exceeded only by your eye for capturing great beauty.  What spot would you most long to return to?

Posted by Nancy Williams (Coldwell Banker Homestead Group Select Professionals) almost 10 years ago

Nancy:  Actually, all of Europe drives on the same side of the road as we do (only they do it a lot more aggressively). I believe that only in Great Britain they do it the other way.  That being said, may I also add:  I drove a stick shift.  It was an SUV...  and manual...  Then I discovered that parking and going uphill are adventures I would have preferred to bypass...  Coming back home in one piece is indeed proof that somebody "UP There" loves me!

Jack:  Thank you!  I have many more pictures I haven't even downloaded yet.  These are from my small, pocket camera, a Canon.

Posted by Mirela Monte, Myrtle Beach Real Estate (Buyers' Choice Realty) almost 10 years ago


Absolutely beautiful pictures.  I do so want to visit Italy one day.  

Posted by Larry Story, Total Care Realty, LLC, Greensboro, NC Real Estate (Total Care Realty) almost 10 years ago


We have traveled Europe extensively and your wonderful pictures bring back many memories. You are right about really spending time with each other exploring and being adventuresome without the distractions of every day life. This year we discovered the charm and history of Egypt, Jordan and Israel. So exciting and very different form the European counties.

Posted by Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR, Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate (Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.750.6899) almost 10 years ago

Looks like you had a fantastic trip.  Hope you share some more photos.

Glad you told us you were with your daughter. 

I would have guessed your sister.

Posted by Jim Hale, Eugene Oregon's Best Home Search Website (ACTIONAGENTS.NET) almost 10 years ago

Mirela, I wouldn't be the last to say I have to visit Europe it's on my bucket list, My wife and I generally decide on sand and sun when vacations are the topic. But your pictures are hard to look away from.

Posted by Steve Loynd, 800-926-5653, White Mountains NH ( Alpine Lakes Real Estate Inc., ) almost 10 years ago

Ah Mirela, you're living the good life. Wonderful post and pics. My wife, daughter and I had the good fortune to visit Paris, Florence and Rome this summer and it is breathtaking. To be surrounded by such history and beauty. We will go back soon as there's so much more to experience. Me on the Sienne in Paris Thanks again Mirela. Look forward to more from your trip.

Posted by Bob Volanti, Fresno and Clovis, CA Realtor (Keller Williams Realty Fresno) almost 10 years ago

Fabulous pictures, and sounds like you had a terrific time!

Posted by Carol Zingone, Global Realtor in Jax Beach, FL - ABR, CRS, CIPS (Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Florida Network Realty) almost 10 years ago

This looks like an amazing trip !!!! Glad to see it went better than the Griswald's !!!!*L*(National Lampoon's)

Posted by Michael J. Perry, Lancaster, PA Relo Specialist (KW Elite ) almost 10 years ago

Beautiful pictures, sounds like you had a wonderful time and created some awesome memories with your daughter. Good to see you're enjoying life and instilling that value in her. Keep it up.

Posted by Drick Ward Property Management / Broker Assoc, "RealtorDrick" - Experienced Representation (NEPTUNE REALTY) almost 10 years ago

I envy you for going to Monaco. Amazing photos. 

Posted by Terry Adams (Condolux Real Estate & Vacation Rentals) almost 10 years ago

Good morning Mirela!

Great shots...I went with my son on a vacation...Best quality time we ever had...

Posted by Joshua Zargari, MJ Decorators Workshop (MJ Decorators Workshop LI staging and home decorating) almost 10 years ago

What a nice way to spend time with your daughter and travel.

Posted by Keisha Hosea-, Real Estate Solutions For Real People (KASI Homes ) almost 10 years ago