I could not start a new blog without finishing up my France travel blog with the brightness of Monaco specifically where we stayed Monte Carlo.
Arrival in this small but this amazingly significant country, I was immediately struck by the beauty and bustle of the city. Monaco is the second smallest country by size in the world…only Vatican City is smaller. Yet Monaco makes up for size with its vibrate energy and well …. money!
There is money everywhere.
Ladies from my group said there were going out window licking rather than window shopping much less to buy something. I did see one or two with bags mind you.
On the first day after what seemed to be a very long transfer from the ship at Port St. Louis to Monte Carlo was not really. But it was a shock to our system to leave to idyllic river life behind.
Our group was amongst the three or four waiting for their rooms at the Fairmont so we had time to kill and quite simply we were hungry. God, hard to believe after eating in river cruising luxury for the last 15 days! Sad but true I walked into the McDonalds hidden in the building directly beside the hotel. First the first time in over 20 years I ate a Big Mac and I promise it will be another 20 plus years before I do again if ever!
Still our hunger appeased I was ready to explore the town. Except that I promised our cruise director Yvette some chicken nuggets.
It really wasn’t until the next afternoon that I put on my walking shoes and tramped around the city. Tramped being the operative word. I certainly looked the part of a country cousin with no viable means of financial support compared to the models and the wealthy old men with the models. Good thing I was a healthy sense of who I am.
A visit to their world famous casino was a surprise. Although absolutely beautiful it held only a couple of dozen slot machines and two craps tables. Of course who knows what was behind the Private Members Only doors.
Dinner comprised of one of the most delicious pizzas I have ever had and an ice cold beer. A perfect way to end my first day.
Our group had a final dinner the following day at a special restaurant high up in the mountain side which was yummy and a beautiful setting all at once.
What I learned about Monaco is they love their Monarchy both Prince Albert now and Prince Rainer and his American wife Grace Kelly now deceased. Pictures are everywhere, keeping alive their memory and influence.
Overall I really enjoyed my experience of Monte Carlo as it was bright and bold during the day and twinkled like the star that it is at night.
This my friends is the last blog from my trip to France. It has been a blast sharing my journey in so many ways with you. The one thing I want to share with you is that while on this trip I decided to take over my Family tour business. Not any kind of stretch for me as a matter of fact as tour and travel was my major at school and I ran my own tour business for over 23 years before closing it down after 9/11.
I will continue to coach. I will continue to grow as an Inspirational Speaker. I will continue to blog. I will continue to develop workshops. I will also now be creating two or three amazing and exciting tours to thrilling destinations.