love the sunny side of life

This is a blog about the lovely and sunny lifestyle of the French and Italian Riviera. I will write about great cafes and restaurants in the area, beautiful and exciting places to visit, events in the area to attend to, the best food recipes of the Mediterranean cuisine and generally how to enjoy life to the fullest here. I am a Scandinavian woman with an half-italian family and ever since I moved down to Monaco a few years ago I fell in love with this beautiful region. With lots of friends in the area I have learned the best secret places to visit and most inspiring things to do here - I hope you will feel inspired to join me in what I consider the most beautiful and enjoyable place on earth. I hope you will love the sunny side of life too.

Birthday dinner in Dolceaqua, Italy

It is quite crazy but me and my boyfriend have the same birthday! So it of course requires great celebration with loved ones… We went to one of our favorite Italian towns and restaurants - Dolceaqua (means sweet water in Italian). There you have the local restaurant I Gumbi that will feed you to death with local delicatesses. You pay about 25€ per person and you will have the set menu for the night with 4-5 dishes included home made ravioli, meat, cake ets etc!

Valebona, Italy
We spent our Saturday checking out another little gorgeous Italian village - Valebona located only 10 min drive from Bordighera. Very well kept and a few really nice restaurants, cafés and pizzerias!

#lake #lac de #saint-croix #gorges-de-verdon #travel

#lake #lac de #saint-croix #gorges-de-verdon #travel

A beautiful lake in the middle of lavender fields and incredible canyons

We talk about the Verdon province in France! How gorgeous… you drive through millions of vineyards and through adorable villages - one more beautiful than the other. And after appr 2 hrs you reach this beautiful lake: Lac
de Sainte Croix. It is particularly famous for its surrounding canyons - les gorges du Verdons. We finished our roadtrip by crossing big lavender fields to reach the little lake village Sainte-Croix-Du-Verdon. With undisturbed views over the lake and a village in great status we found a lovely little restaurant with panoramic lake view.

We have visited all the beautiful lakes of north Italy like Lake Como, Guarda and Maggiore. They are all fantastic but what makes Sainte-Croix unique is how undisturbed it is. Very much nature and not much built around it at all so you really have a chance to be close to nature. The lake also offers everything from canyoning tours, sailing boats and biking around the lake. Of course you can also dip Into the lake!

#bouchon #monaco #coffee

#bouchon #monaco #coffee

Outdoor cinema in Monaco!
A must-do when you are on the riviera is to visit the outdoor cinema in Monaco! It is located on the same hill as the palace (Monte Carlo). It is incredible - you have a great Hollywood movie in front of you and the Mediterranean ocean behind you. And plenty of popcorn and ice team of course. I attach the cinema program for August!
Ah! Movies in English with French subtitles so perfect for us English speakers!

Outdoor cinema in Monaco!
A must-do when you are on the riviera is to visit the outdoor cinema in Monaco! It is located on the same hill as the palace (Monte Carlo). It is incredible - you have a great Hollywood movie in front of you and the Mediterranean ocean behind you. And plenty of popcorn and ice team of course. I attach the cinema program for August! Ah! Movies in English with French subtitles so perfect for us English speakers!

Great breakfast menu
The bistro / restaurant Le Bouchon in Monaco is already one of our favorite breakfast places on the riviera. Now they just changed the breakfast menu and it is better than ever! Everything from organic muesli and fresh fruit to white omelette with avocado and cottage cheese (on the picture)! And of course excellent coffee and nice fruit juices. Warmly recommended!

Great breakfast menu
The bistro / restaurant Le Bouchon in Monaco is already one of our favorite breakfast places on the riviera. Now they just changed the breakfast menu and it is better than ever! Everything from organic muesli and fresh fruit to white omelette with avocado and cottage cheese (on the picture)! And of course excellent coffee and nice fruit juices. Warmly recommended!

Enjoying a nice panini on the Plateau du cap Martin with the view of Menton

Enjoying a nice panini on the Plateau du cap Martin with the view of Menton