Monaco is one of those places that nothing else compares to. Leaving your hotel room and walking around the areas where Will Smith and Lindsay Lohan party is a bit much. Nothing compares to Monte Carlo and few can enjoy the south of France like the rich and famous. Although this can’t be done for a modest fee, it is worth the trouble to see where the rich and famous sunbathe and relax. First things first. I want you to know that Monte Carlo was not the most expensive place I have visited. The most expensive visit for us was Switzerland. I mention this in the context of Monte Carlo because we left Switzerland at a rate of one thousand Euros per night to a mere 850 Euros per night for in Monte Carlo. So it was not the most expensive place, but it was very exclusive.
I was taken aback by all the little rich kids running to and fro with their private tutors. It must be nice to grow up with a teacher that follows you around and attempts to gain your attention at every turn. Poor kids have silly things like classrooms. Our first night was spent exploring the local restaurants and listening to the sea crash outside our balcony. A young starlet was playing volleyball below and a modest crowd gathered. She was Chinese and that garnered a little attention since Chinese movie stars weren’t as common here. We stopped to watch her pummel the ball. She was a very tall and pretty Asian woman. We stood and felt the cool air against our bodies. I was dying to see the famous Monte Carlo casino where several James Bond movies were filmed. I went to sleep that night with visions of the casino in my head. Boy was I soon disappointed.
We awoke the next morning and walked the beach quietly. Million dollar yachts lined the beach along with children accompanied by tutors. Poor tutors looked bored out of their minds. I immediately became distracted by the Lamborghini dealership. Despite many attempts by my wife to tear me away, I could only stand frozen and stare at the sight of the cars. They were lovely. They were a dazzling array of bright colors and unbridled power. There is no car like a Lamborghini. My mouth watered. A test drive was only $500, but I decided to move on after my wife screamed at me.
We toured, ate and quietly made our way around. Visiting Americans were few and far in between. Most visitors were British and Australian it seemed. The euro was inflated at the time and that made visits from Americans particularly expensive. That night we found ourselves in James Bond’s casino gambling. I was a little taken aback by the fact that there was a cover charge to go into a casino (about $15 USD) but it was worth it. It is shocking that the casino seemed pretty empty. This was a disappointment, but the area is one of the most lovely in the world, so visiting is definitely worth it. We didn’t see Will Smith, but there will be a next time. I highly recommend Monte Carlo, Monaco. It has an unsurpassed amount of natural beauty.