Hello ! Renxkyoko Iglesias here.
My schedule has been quite hectic since November . Fall semester is going to end soon, and that means, final exams, and submissions of all school projects. Also, I now work longer hours at my two part time jobs. I come home at 11 PM almost everyday. So, my apologies for not visiting your blogsites . Believe it or not, I have, to date , 5,137 unread emails.
So, anyway, this is my 13th post and it’s about my trip to Monaco.
Okay, to us, peons, Monaco is definitely out of our league. It is the recreation center for the rich and famous.
Monaco is officially called The Principality of Monaco. It is a sovereign city -state and is located on the French Riviera. It’s just 16 km. from Italy and 13 km. from Nice, France. We stayed overnight at Nice, by the way. I assume the tour company couldn’t afford the hotels in Monaco. One thing, parking there is like , 125 Euro /hour.( $165 ). Yep.
.Monaco has an area of just 1.98 sq. km. ( .76 sq. m. ), with a population of a little over 36,000, making it one of the smallest countries in the world, second only to The Vatican , and the most densely populated place in the world. It’s a constitutional monarchy, headed by Prince Albert II , the son of Prince Rainier, and Princess Grace ( American actress Grace Kelly ), both deceased. The House of Grimaldi have ruled Monaco since 1297.
.Above is the Mediterranean Sea.
.Do you know why the rich come to Monaco and take up residence there? It has no income tax, and has very low business taxes. In other words, a tax haven.
.Monaco’s official language is French, and official religion is Roman Catholicism. I guess there’s no separation of church and state in their Constitution. Although it is independent and has full voting rights at the U.N. , France is responsible for Monaco’s defence.
Look at all those yatchs that are docked at Port of Hercules. Do you have any idea how much it costs to park a yatch at the port? Our tour manager gave a figure but I couldn’t believe it. I won’t tell. You wouldn’t believe it, either.
.Monaco’s only natural resource is fishing. There’s no agriculture whatsoever. Most of the state’s income comes from tourism, services , banking, and yes, the Casinos at Monte Carlo. Monaco is subdivided into 3 municipalities ; Monte Carlo, La Condamine, and Monaco-Ville.
.We arrived in Nice, at our hotel,, dressed up for our Monaco tour that included a $ 75 a person optional dinner , and drinks and some gambling at Le Cafe de Paris. We took a walking tour of Monte Carlo.
.Monaco has the world’s highest GDP nominal per capita at $ 154,000, with unemployment rate at 0% ( yes, zero ! ), and check out those residential buildings above…….. the real estate market as of 2011 is $66,000 per square meter., the world’s highest. And do you notice how clean the streets are? I swear I can eat food off that street. The place is just too clinical.
.Monaco also has the lowest poverty rate in the world, and has the most number of millionaires and billionaires per capita.
.I really find that statue of a baby a bit odd, considering that it’s in front of the Oceanographic Museum.
Above is the cathedral where Prince Rainier and Princess Grace got married.
.Sorry but I feel I have relegated myself to posting some old royal wedding picture stuck on one random street post. Monaco is a place fo the rich and famous, but not for me who gets excited to see ancient ruins and piles of rock the ancients had used at one time.
Above is where we had dinner.
Our $75 .00 dinner.
.Tuna, anchovies, olives, greens, half boiled egg, cucumber, and tomatoes. I liked the salad… and to be honest, the anchovies made it really delicious.
.Chicken didn’t taste good….. the tomato sauce tasted like rust, fries were very limp, the beans were overcooked.
.Egg custard dessert……. I make a better custard than that. I call it leche flan. I could tell they included the egg whites to save on the cost, I guess. The texture of the custard is different if it’s pure yolk. I expected we’d get at least a spoonful of caviar.
Next photos were our night out at Monte Carlo Grand Casino. No, we didn’t go inside. hahaha….. We went to the side casino, the one on the left,…. that was the one for common folks.
.So, that’s it for Monaco. To be honest, I’m not into Monaco. Yes, it’s a beautiful place. It’s very clean, everything ‘s spic and span, nothing is out of place. It’s like a fairy tale land. But I think it’s too clinical. There’s nothing spontaneous about the place. It’s like coming from an amusement center, and then stepping into a hospital. Ah, I don’t know. Maybe it’s just me. I should have got down on my knees and licked a street . That would a nice tale to tell my future kids, ahaha.
OMgosh, it’s almost here. Christmas, my most favorite holiday.
To Christians, Happy Christmas .
To Jews, Happy Hannuka ! ( Hanukka? )
To all the rest, Happy Holidays and Peace to you all ! !
Avignon, Carcassone and maybe Barcelona is next. PEACE !