Monaco

Just 20 minutes away from Nice.. And oh so different.

Monaco is a small country on the Med. Best known for its casino and the Grand Prix through the city streets.

Being only 2 km long, it is a great city to walk….if you don’t mind a few steps. Our apartment was in Beausoleil- a French town above Monaco. We arrived and walked across the town in our first day.

The casino has a beautiful garden filled with palm trees, fountains and tropical plants. K loved seeing the turtle in the pond.
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All of the cars around the casino ooze $$. Or €€ I suppose
Bentley, rolls Royce, Ferrari, Lamborghini.. I have no interest in these sorts of cars, but there were lots of others taking photos.

As we rounded the casino to the port…and we saw the boats bigger than our house… They are really neat…and don’t get me wrong, I want to learn to sail… But if you can have a boat and a car on the lower rear deck of your boat…it’s a big friggin boat.
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Day 2, we went to the aquarium. 100 years ago, the Print (Albert) was quite the ocean scientist. He had the building built on the side of a cliff, overlooking the ocean.
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Lots of beautiful fish. Fiber art made of ghost nets( the nets left in the ocean that accidentally kill so many fish/mammals), a huge room of whale skeletons (that have an hourly light show- they look like they are swimming). Very cool aquarium.
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On Saturday, we tried to ship a package home. We asked around some stores for a box, got let to the recycling room 2 blocks away…found a box..packed everything up nice and neat. Arrived at the PO at 12:01. Guess when it closed? OK. Next city for the shipping home 🙂

Walked across the city to a 2nd organic market (bio store) to arrive at THEIR lunch break. This allowed us to get Thai for lunch..then hit the store.

The bus home was fun. All through the city, they are putting up serious fence on the Grand Prix course. These are city streets, so it makes crossing a challenge sometimes. But the bus follows the grand Prix course. So we passed through the start line, turned right up the hill,past the casino…as if our 40 passenger bus was a formula one racer. 🙂

We stopped at the local Beach. It started to rain. We showed our true Pacific Northwest colors by being the last 6 people on the beach (it’s just a light rain – this is great Beach weather!!)
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We then walked up the mountain to our apartment. They call this area the maritime Alps. There are a lot of stairs… I like looked later, and our apartment building is 500 feet above the water.

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Sunday AM, we had an early train to Italy. Called the Monaco taxi to order a cab. They only pick up in Monaco (we are just outside Monaco.) No cabs listed online in France answer their phone. So, I try Uber. No Ubers. So. I run to the train station ( in Monaco) and order a cab. We get a van -YEAH! head up to get the family, and head back to the station.

We get 2/3 of the way to the train station , when we realize we still have the AirBnb keys. So, back up we go. Drop off the keys..get to the station.

Train to Italy. Train 2 to Genoa. Train 3 to La Spezia. Drop off the suitcases. Train to Riomaggiore. Hiking the Cinque Terre for 5 days with everything on our back!

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