Saturday, March 1, 2014

Monaco

Last Wednesday, Cheri and I headed off to Monaco for the day.  (no big deal, right?) It is still crazy to me how easy it is to travel in Europe. Two people that we met at our hostel were also planning on traveling to Monaco so we all decided to go together.





We did not have any real plans except to walk around and explore.  Monaco is the world's second smallest country (behind the Vatican) and it is only .78 square miles.  Despite it's small size, we did some serious walking, especially considering it's pretty much all hills.  Throughout the day I kept saying, I can't believe I'm in Monaco.  I'm not sure when Monaco became such a rich country, or known as a rich country, but rich it is.  As I was eating lunch I was looking over the port with million dollar yachts and ferrari's driving past me on the street.  Walking up to the famous Monte-Carlo Casino & Hotel de Paris we passed a row of stores that included Prada, Cartier, Hermès, Louis Vuitton, Chanel and more.  

Selfie in Monaco - heyyyy







Unfortunately I couldn't take any pictures inside the casino because cameras and phones are prohibited but it was stunning. So much detail and intricacy in everything that you saw.  After the casino Cheri and I got some gelato and I'm pretty sure it is some of the best ice cream I have ever had.  I also realized that I have now had ice cream in 7 countries. (USA, Canada, Mexico, Costa Rica, Holland, France, and Monaco) 



The famous Monte-Carlo Casino







Cheri and I ended our day at Musée Océanographique de Monaco.  They have a pretty cool aquarium as well as the museum.  It was here that I got to pet a shark - it was awesome.  I consider it step 1 in my goal of swimming with the sharks.






How beautiful is this sunset? In love.

Beautiful church


As we left the museum to get dinner & head back to Nice we were able to see a gorgeous sunset.  I don't think there is a single place in Monaco that is "ugly".  Every building and street was bright and clean and, well, rich.  By the time I got to sit in my bed at the hostel my feet felt like they were going to fall off, but it was worth every step I took that day.

À la prochaine!

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