1 Monaco's elegant opera house is located in Monte Carlo between the Grand Casino and the cliff that overlooks the Mediterranean Sea. In the 1870s, Prince Charles III, had this hall built as part of the casino to fill a cultural void in Monaco.
2 The opera house opened in 1879 and became known as the Salle Garnier, after the architect Charles Garnier, who designed it. He also designed the Paris opera house now known as the Palais Garnier.
3 One of the opera house's ornate entrance ways
4 This is the curved frontage of the Hotel de Paris, opposite the Casino in Monte Carlo.
5 This is the fantastic domed stained-glass skylight in the lobby of the Hotel de Paris. After the casino was built in 1863, the hotel was built next door to accommodate the influx of international gamblers.
6 A view of the opulent casino and opera house from the Hotel de Paris
7 More of the Monte Carlo coastline
8 In celebration of the EY World Entrepreneur of the Year Conference, Ernst and Young had flowers planted with their initials in the circle in front of Hotel de Paris!
9 On Friday morning, John Ferraro, the Global Chief Operating Officer of Ernst and Young interviewed me on stage at the World Entrepreneur of the Year Convention, held at the Royal Opera House.
10 This was my view from the stage as my interview was about to start.
11 Later in the day, we chartered a boat to take us to Antibes.
12 Antibes a resort town in southeastern France.
13 Jennifer was ready to board.
14 Lucinda found a comfortable seat.
15 Daisy was all set to go.
16 A nice shot of Alan and me
17 This monumental cliff-side building is The Oceanographic Museum, which was inaugurated in 1910 by Monaco's modernist reformer, Prince Albert I. It is home to exhibitions and collections of various species of sea fauna - starfish, seahorses, turtles, jellyfish, crabs, lobsters, rays, sharks, sea urchins, sea cucumbers, eels, cuttlefish etc., as well as sea related objects.
18 Considered an architectural work of art, it took 11 years to build, using 100,000 tons of stone.
19 The Mediterranean was rather calm that day and there were people out enjoying wind surfing and paddle boarding.
20 Antibes is located on the Côte d'Azur between Nice and Cannes.
21 Antibes was founded in the 5th-century and because it has a naturally protected port, the town of Antibes has long been an important trading center.
22 After docking, we had a look at some of the boats. This is just one of the many incredible yachts moored in Antibes.
23 Blue Bird is a lovely yacht from London.
24 Antibes was teeming with all sorts of vessels.
25 We went to visit my good friend, Johnny Pigozzi, at his beautiful Villa Dorane. His lawn and trees are exquisitely maintained.
26 This is the view from the pool at Johnny's house. You can just make out his dock at the end of the rocks.
27 His pool is always filled with toys!
28 Johnny served a gorgeous and towering salade Nicoise for lunch.
29 There was also a white bean, chickpea, and fennel salad with greens and tomatoes.
30 Fresh, crusty bread
31 My salad looked so pretty on Johnny's blue and white plates.
32 We were so satisfied after eating the beautiful salads and then, surprise! - the osso bucco arrived! This was served on Johnny's parent's silver - isn't it lovely?
33 After a rather filling lunch, we took a short stroll to the famous Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc. This is the elegant approach from land.
34 Built originally as a private mansion, Hotel du Cap opened as a hotel in 1870. Many famous people stay here and it has traditionally been a particular favorite of movie stars, especially during the annual Cannes Film Festival.
35 This is the stunning infinity pool at Hotel du Cap, which overlooks the Mediterranean Sea, offering guests idyllic panoramas of the French Riviera.
36 Then it was back on the boat.
37 We passed by Hotel du Cap Eden-Roc.
38 This is Johnny's dock and another peek at his house.
39 This is such a beautiful part of the world and we were all so happy to see it from the water.
40 Another great view
41 The Metropole hotel in Monaco
42 We couldn't get enough of the jasmine fragrance.
43 Daisy and Jennifer posed in front of the jasmine.
44 I posed next to a vibrant cycad wearing Marnie and Bottega.
45 We changed our minds about dinner and decided to eat at Yoshi, the first Joel Robuchon Japanese restaurant in the world. It, too, is part of Hotel Metropol.
46 I took this photo in the mirror over our table. Yoshi has a clean, warm atmosphere.
47 The menu covers are lovely.
48 The sushi sampler was very good.
49 The grounds at Hotel Metropole are so beautifully planted and maintained. I loved this ivy covered arch.
50 The next morning, the last day of our trip - here I am outside of Hotel de Paris.
51 Posing with our two drivers, Alan Luchs of Ernst and Young, Lucinda, and Jennifer
52 These two gentlemen drove us all around the South of France and that morning they drove us to Nice, where we went shopping at another amazing market.
53 We found gorgeous glaceed fruits at the market.
54 More glaceed and candied fruits
55 Such pretty roses!
56 Fresh in-season artichokes
57 Adorable marzipan turtles
58 Many kinds of spices
59 Purple figs
60 These red apricots were so fragrant and juicy.
61 These bunches of rainbow Swiss chard were so pretty with delicate small leaves.
62 A lovely layered apple tart
63 A incredible medley of tomatoes
64 I bought some of this violet garlic to plant in my own garden.
65 The tomatoes were stunning.
66 Perfect stems of glorious cherry tomatoes
67 There were generous quantities of brilliant squash blossoms.
68 Sour cherries galore
69 Bundles of pungent chives
70 We bought some of this fig-almond paste to bring back to our editors in the kitchen.
71 This unusual knife was able to slice right through the dense cakes of fig paste.
72 There were wheels of fresh ricotta.
73 And rounds of delectable French cheeses
74 We bought a few containers of these shiny sweet cherries to snack on in the car.
75 Savory tomato tarts and pissalidiere were on display.
76 This shopper had an interesting head tatoo.
77 Provencal purple garlic
78 These artichokes were enormous.
79 The potatoes were tiny and freshly dug.