Monaco: Royalty and High-Rollers

 
Monaco is an independent micro-state situated on the Southern tip of France. More specifically, it’s a principality which basically means it’s run by a royal family with Prince Albert II as head of state.

When one mentions Monaco images of exorbitantly-priced yachts, high-end designer boutiques and the internationally-known Grand Prix come to mind. Well, that’s actually quite a precise portrait of Monaco – oh and there’s a Royal Palace, too. I remember thinking how clean Monaco was – not one spot of dirt or spitted-out chewing gum was to be found anywhere on the sidewalks. It was most definitely royal.

 

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In the district of Monaco is the small ward of Monte Carlo, with its fancy casino attracting the richest of the rich driving around (or should I say being driven) in the most luxurious of cars. You don’t need to be a big spender to visit Monaco and Monte Carlo; you could do like me and just gaze at the opulence around you and take some time to stop and wonder – Should I have worn my cut-off jean shorts today??

(This is part of my Early Travels Series hence the grainy photos – see more in Destinations)

 

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Just a humble house on the way to Monaco

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The Royal Palace
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The Royal Palace

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The much-photographed harbor with its luxurious yachts
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Monte Carlo Casino

 

Have you been to Monaco and Monte Carlo?

 

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