So here’s the thing about Monaco. It’s really small, and really rich people live here for the tax advantages. But, because the center of the principality is pretty much where tourists wander (David and I included)… you mostly just see other tourists gawking at any fancy car that drives by (us included)!
We got to Monaco using a special weekend pass that is helping us travel anywhere we want for Four Euro total this weekend. It’s great travelling a little off season! We think this is geared towards getting French people travelling within France.
It was fun on the bus as we travelled along the coast and drove through beautiful towns like Eze and Villefranche-du-mar. Any of these stops would be lovely.
But, I really wanted David to see Monaco. He’s not really into big flashes of excess, but I knew that he would enjoy sitting at the Cafe Du Paris for an extremely overpriced drink (with all the other tourists) and watching the Ferraris and other cars drive by in front of the Monte Carlo casino. We were there for about 45 minutes, and we really did see some very rich folk drop off their really expensive cars outside the casino. We also saw lots of people driving around and around in obviously rented vehicles (by the hour) to show off… including a large group of crazy-dressed gypsies! I really should have taken a picture sooner of that one so you could get the full picture. The outrageous clothes and ridiculous posing was funny.
Walking around Monaco really is lovely. The water and the rocks are beautiful, and if you have watched Formula 1 racing (as David and I have), it is fun to see the tunnel and famous hair pin turn of the race. Great day trip overall!
After our day, we relaxed back in Nice down at a beach club nearby that the hotel has an agreement with. Not for free, but for 14 Euro a day, we got a really nice lounge chair (but no towel, they were out of towels). The Beach is rock… all rock… so the lounge chair was a great idea. The water was wonderful, but really HARD to get in and out of. It’s comical really. The tide is so strong that it’s like a vertical drop into the water, so people have to scoot up and down with their butts, or walk on all fours in and out. No graceful way to do it (unless you are wearing shoes). But… the swim was worth it!