We wandered the city-state and headed up to the palace, which is on a huge rock peninsula, right at sunset, which was nice. Then it was off to the casino to drop off the two who were going to the concert and for me and the other girl to check out some...glamour? It's a bit hard to describe. The casino itself was beautiful--very old and nicely done--but the clientele was not up to par when we were there. In fact, there were nearly no people in all of Monaco. We guessed it's mainly a summer destination, and that it was too early for Christmas, so the winter holiday crowd hadn't shown up yet, leaving....the locals? We did not at all get the expected glamorous impression. In front of the casino, where super-fancy cars are usually parked for show, there was only one Lamborghini. The rest were normal things like BMWs, Mercedes, and even Audis. Nice cars, don't get me wrong, but not what I expected in front of the Monte Carlo Casino! Out of curiosity, one classmate and I paid the 10 euro cover to get into the casino and check it out. It was fun, but there were so few people and such weak people watching we didn't stay long. After the casino we wandered the desserted town for a while and finally found ourselves sitting beside multi-million euro/dollar yachts on the docks, which face back towards the city (which is in a bay). That was my favorite part of Monaco I believe. To end the night we caught the train to Nice to stay in a hotel which was MUCH cheaper than those in Monaco.
|The Monte Carlo Casino|
|Monaco at night from the docks|
|I can handle this!|
|Spices in the Nice market|