Saturday, February 9, 2013



Already finished with my second week in France. This week I manged to book all of my trips for this semester and what a chunk out of my wallet that was! At least I have everything booked and ready to roll. For winter break I'll be in Florence and Barcelona then later in the semester Barcelona again, Seville and possibly Rome in the spring. I've got a lot to look forward to right now but there is still so much I wish to see.

Monaco was a dreamland. It reminded me of the land of Duloc from Shrek. The whole city was pristine and beautiful. The streets were clean and well kept, the buildings were made of stone or freshly painted peachy pink or cream. The city sprawled up along the mountain side and sloped down to the turquoise sea. Just look at the pictures, it was a beautiful day and 55 degrees F IN FEBRUARY!

Most of the money coming into Monaco comes from the casino Monte Carlo. We went into the casino and some people in the group gambled a little but not I. There were very few people in the Monte Carlo on this Saturday night because all the high rollers have private rooms, naturally.

Of course everything was so magnificent because Monaco is a principality with the most millionaires and billionaires in the entire world. It is technically not part of France so it has its own laws and such. It is a tax heaven (meaning no income tax) ruled over by Prince Albert II Grimaldi son of Rainier III and Grace Kelly. The Grimaldi family has ruled over Monaco since about the 1300's.

I can't wait to come back to Monaco in the spring and check out the beaches all the boats

 The shores of Monaco

The science museum

 One of the churchs

The royal palace at the rock

The left side of the palace

 The royal crest

 The Mediterranean

The village of Eze on our way home

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