Wednesday, August 3, 2016

French Riviera and Monaco

The rock climb that Jason had picked on the Italian Riviera was only 1.5 miles from Monaco. Now whether Jason really was dying to go there or he knew I'd love to add another country to my list we'll never know. But we made the beautiful drive through endless tunnels, bridges, and gorgeous views of sea scape towns into France to get to Monaco. 

It was very facinating to see the drastic difference in climate just 60 miles apart. Where we camped was very lush and green. By the time we got to France it was much more arid. More like Southern California. 

Monaco. Less than 1 square mile with almost 40,000 people and the most millionaires per capita in the world. (30% of the population)

It was everything you'd expect from a coastal resort town.... With more Firarris and Bentleys of course. Driving and parking was a little nuts. And it was pretty hot carrying baby around so we didn't stay long. We just wanted to experience it. 

Here are some pictures of the drive to Monaco. No sure which little beach town in Italy or France this was. 

Then we got there.
The view might have been my favorite part.

The architecture of the building was pretty fabulous too.
And the iconic Monte Carlo.
With its own helicopter pad out back. (Naturally.)
And our view from lunch at the harbor.

The yachts were a sight to see. Amazing.
And so were the rows and rows of expensive cars.

And this cool little park we walked through with a turtle!!!

And an example of the French architecture in one of the French towns. 

Over all impression: pretty cool but no intentions of returning unless I go in my own yacht or helicopter. :)

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