Casino De Monte-Carlo – A Trip To Monaco in Words and Images

Walking through the park, I can hear Monty Norman’s brash brass punctuated theme to so many Bond films, as the Casino De Monte-Carlo rises into view. Bentley after Rolls Royce stop to drop patrons at the foot of this historic entrance. I keep an eye out for that classic Aston Martin, but it is not to be.

We wonder through the hallowed halls and pay homage to the casino through slot machine deposits. These noisy contraptions are kept well away from the more genteel gaming pursuits such as blackjack or the roulette wheel. Photography is not permitted within, so a sample of the foyer and exterior are all I could muster.

I muse about how much history (and money) have passed through these corridors, and this small country since Francesco Grimaldi seized the Rock of Monaco in 1297.

Though I have seen only a small part of our rocky home among the stars, the splendor of this place eclipses all.

From Nice to Monaco

From Nice France, if you are not booking a tour, it is best to take bus 100 from the port. For 1.50 euro’s it windes throught some of the most beautiful scenery on earth.  Best seats are on the right side of the bus. But be ware, the last bus runs shortly after 7p. Unless you are prepared to put up for a night at the Hotel De Monte-Carlo or the Fairmont, you best be on your toes.

We were not so lucky. After enjoying a wonderful meal at the Café de Paris (Monte-Carlo), we spent the remainder of our small bills at the casino there. It was 8:30 when we realized our folly, and headed for the bus stand. By then it was too late, and our 1.50 bus ride turned into a 100.00 euro cab ride back to the hotel in Nice. Though not ideal, it was cheaper than a night stay at the aforementioned establishments.

The cabie was bright and conversational, sharing history of the country and some insight into the tourism transportation system in Monaco. It wasn’t a cheep leasson, but will provide stories to regale for years to come.  Au revoir, from the French Riviera.

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