Monte Carlo

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    • Day 4

      Französiche Seealpen und Monaco

      September 10, 2019 in Monaco ⋅ 🌧 16 °C

      Am letzten Tag führte unser Weg von den französischen Seealpen über Monaco Bach Saint Tropez. Im trocken gestartet führen wir zum höchsten Bergpass der Alpen 2806m hoch! Doch das Wetter wurde zusehends schlechter... bei Dauerregen fuhren wir den Col del Turini um anschließend eine Runde über die Grand Prix Strecke von Monaco zu drehen...Read more

    • Day 16

      Monaco 🇲🇨

      August 7, 2022 in Monaco ⋅ ☁️ 22 °C

      Zum Geburtstags Frühstück gab es heute französische Croissants 🥐. Dann haben wir uns auf den Weg gemacht Richtung Monaco - insgesamt 35 Minuten fahrt dorthin. In Monaco angekommen, mussten wir erstmal den Verkehr verstehen - ziemlich kompliziert 😅. Ebenfalls kompliziert war es einen passenden Parkplatz für den Jimny zu finden - letztendlich durften wir in einem Parkhaus bei den LKW und Busparkplätzen stehen. In Monaco haben wir uns die Yachten und das Casino angeschaut - einfach Wahnsinn!🛥
      Das Casino haben wir uns auch von innen angeschaut. Ebenfalls fuhren und standen da viele tolle Autos, die man sich anschauen konnte - für uns eine ganz andere Welt.
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    • Day 34

      Money, Mercades, and Monegasques

      August 13, 2023 in Monaco ⋅ ☀️ 29 °C

      It’s on to country 14 and the world’s second smallest country- Monaco.

      If Cannes is moneyed, Monaco is minted. Designer brands make up the bulk of shops in Monte Carlo, with brands like Alexander McQueen, Versace, Armani and Louboutin lining the streets surrounding the famous casino. Monaco is in itself a micro-state and one of the wealthiest countries in the world. With just over 9000 nationals, known as Monegasques (try saying that three times fast), the country boasts a total population of 38,682- one in 3 of whom are millionaires and all of whom are squeezed into a space smaller than Hyde park in London making it one of the most densely populated countries on the planet.

      The casino itself, famed by its association with James Bond, is an interesting place. Envisioned by Princess Caroline, it was built to save the royal family (The Grimaldis) from bankruptcy. The princess also banned the citizens of Monaco from entering the gaming rooms of the casino. Still to this day, no Monegasques are allowed to gamble or even work at the casino and you have to show your passport to enter the building. Until very recently the casino was the main source of income for both Monaco and the Grimaldi royal family- talk about making money off of foreigners!

      Casino aside, Monaco is a fascinating little place. It’s one of the most heavily policed countries with one police officer for every 73 residents. Almost all of its police officers are selected from the French police force. It has the highest life expectancy of any country in the world and it has over 12,000 millionaires in a space less than one square mile.

      As I’m on a shoe string with no budget for shopping or gambling, I’m off on another mission- to get a Monegasque passport stamp. Although Monaco is no longer officially allowed to stamp passports (which I’m rather disappointed about) they are happy to furnish visitors with a small card passport complete with the old Monaco stamp in it. After a hike to the tourist office, passing yachts and some of the fanciest cars I’ve ever seen, I leave triumphant, tourist passport in hand.
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    • Day 16

      Day trip to Monaco!

      April 6 in Monaco ⋅ ☀️ 17 °C

      Had another early start today after having a long day the day before. We got up and had to pay for our excursions up front. Yay☺️ after biting on my tongue as hard as I could, we had our breakfast and left for a Café with a large group of people. Some people split off and did their own thing while Pearse, two others, and I sat to have coffee right next to the beach. After a while, the four of us kept on going down the beach. They signed up for the overpriced bikeride, so they had to leave after a while. Pearse and I made a plan to go to the shopping street because he needed a new outfit that was nice enough for the Monte Carlo Casino! We were told there was an H&M not far from the hostel. When we finally got to the shopping street, the first thing we noticed was Gucci, Chanel×2, Louis V. If you can name it, it was there, and we definitely can't afford. Finally, we found H&M tucked away in the corner like they were embarrassed by it lol. Still, the store was like one of the craziest chain stores I've seen. Why does an H&M need 3 levels? Especially when everything was so spaced out. All the shit in the store could have fit in the one at West Ed, but they still had a sky scraper for this place. Everything was very expensive in Nice, unfortunately. Anyway,Pearse grabbed a banging outfit, and we left to grab a burger at a place called Big Ferdinand. Finally, I had a well-done burger. Get your slimy medium rare burgers outta here. Our burgers were so good, though they disappeared like magic. It was kind of late afternoon at this point, so we decided we were gonna go shower a little early and get ready for Monaco. We had to be on the bus at 5:00 sharp because Monaco has very specific times and rules for coach busses. So, I showered first and went out to find a restaurant for a beer while Pearse prettied himself up. After my shower, I just got back into my regular clothes because I knew I wouldn't be too long and would come back earlier to get into my going out outfit. Pearse met up with me at about 4:15 for a quick beer. Shockingly, we don't like 9€ beers. They don't even taste good at that price. We left with more than enough time to get back to the hostel. Until we saw street food. To be fair, though, we didn't know if we were gonna be able to afford to eat in Monaco. We were pushing it, but we got back to the hostel 10 minutes before the coach left, and I still had to change, and he had to grab his passport. I wasn't worried until I was on the stairs of the hostel and saw our roommate Adam, who we also got coffee with in the morning. He told me "the door is fucked" in the strongest Kiwi accent ever. I asked what he meant. So he took me to the room and sure enough the door was fucked. The sensor for our keycards was continuously beeping, and we couldn't scan our key cards. The two of us ran back downstairs watching our entire group walk out the doors to the bus. We informed the lady at the desk the door wasn't work so she called somebody. I don't think she realized we were part of the group leaving in 4 minutes. I feel bad, but all 3 of us were telling her, "we need to go please you need to hurry up,"so we went up with her master key fob and of course it didn't work either. She had to run to the other building to grab an actual key to let us in. While she was doing that, I started stripping down in the hallway lol. She finally let us in, and it was so chaotic in our little room. I'm half naked, Pearse is rifling through his bag for his passport, and Adam is looking for his stuff while half naked as well. I was last to leave the room. I swear I was still pulling up my pants while in the hostel lobby. I jumped down every single stair in that building. When I got outside, the other boys were already out of sight. So, I started running as hard as I could around the corner and through the busy market. I caught up to Pearse, and we got to our meet-up spot together. Absolutely gassed and sweating our balls off, we made it. We were actually 2 minutes late, but luckily, Nice isn't exactly coach friendly, so our driver was 3 minutes late. If we had missed Monaco, I woulda lost it. The bus ride was only 30 minutes total to Monaco, and halfway there, we all got out for some pictures. The bus driver and tour guide surprised us all with some sparkling wine. I really enjoyed just looking at the prettiest views ever and having some bubbly. When we got to Monaco, I instantly fell in love with the country, which is smaller than most cities. It's the second smallest country in the world. I went to a souvineer shop with intentions to buy my first souvenir of the trip. I am the most clumsy human ever, I guess, and knocked over all the playing cards in like domino's in his store. The dude kicked everyone out and stopped selling to us after. That's okay because I walked 30 seconds down the road to a way cooler store with way better shit. We all got shoved back into the coach to go to Monte Carlo Casino. To get there, though, we had to drive on the famous F1 track. I've been getting into F1 the last 6 months, so I thought that was super cool. Once we made it to the casino I started to feel so bougee. Supercars were pulling in 1 after the other. Bently,Bently,Ferrari,Porsche,maserati. All one after the other. They were probably thrilled they had to share this fancy ass casino with 40 young adults who are literally just on an 18-day bender lol. Maybe we're not classy enough or something. We went into the Nino and everything there was so beautiful. Everything was gold with huge chandeliers. I swear it's the fanciest place I've ever been. Not just the casino but all of Monico. I actually don't like gambling, so I just put a 20 in a roulette machine and played for probably 30 minutes. I left 63 cents to the good, so that's a huge win lol. After we just went back to the hostel and had beers in the common area with a few people. Monaco was probably Mt favorite place. we've been so far it was so beautiful and made me feel bougee. It also made me feel broke lol, we definitely couldn't afford to be there for more than an evening. I'm tired now after writing a novel.Read more

    • Day 34

      Day trip to Monaco

      June 23, 2022 in Monaco ⋅ ⛅ 25 °C

      For our last full day in Nice we did a day trip to Monaco! Took about 35 minutes by bus to get there and it was raining for a while hah but we got to walk around, see the famous casino, and the hotel from the Monte Carlo movie. Then we had lunch and waited out the rain and it cleared up a little so we went to the beach for a little bit before heading back to Nice and having dinner with our friend Kat from the hostel and headed in early for an early morning flight the next day.Read more

    • Day 6

      Genua - Monaco

      July 8, 2023 in Monaco ⋅ ☀️ 28 °C

      Die Radreise von Genua nach Monaco (160km) wurde diesesmal nur zu zweit angetreteten, da ich (Dave) mir bei einem Sturz das Knie verletzte. Aufgrund der starken Schwellung fuhr ich also ins Krankenhaus, um das Knie checken zu lassen. Nachdem am Röntgen keine Schäden an den Knochen zu erkennen waren, beschloss ich die Reise ab Monaco, trotz Schmerzen, weiter zu machen. Nachdem mir die Ärztin gesagt hatte, dass ich die nächste Woche nicht Fahrrad fahren dürfe, setzte ich mich in den Zug und fuhr nach Ventimiglia. Von dort aus waren es dann nur noch ca. 20km nach Monaco, die ich mit dem Rad fuhr. Am Abend traf ich mich wieder mit den anderen Beiden und wir suchten einen Schlafplatz. Unsere Zelte stellten wir nach kurzer Suche auf einem perfekten Platz mit Blick auf die Hochhäuser von Monaco auf.

      Für Sebastian und Alois verlief die Tour super, die beiden sind fast ohne Pausen durchgefahren und der Fahrradweg war überraschend schön.
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    • Day 22

      Tag 22 - Monaco & Turin

      August 9, 2023 in Monaco ⋅ 🌙 20 °C

      Au Revoir, France! Auf dem Weg nach Turin haben wir einen kurzen Stop in Monaco eingelegt, Gizmo und ich haben einen schönen Park entdeckt, während andere Promenaden-Teile mit dem Hund nicht betreten werden durften 🙃 Insgesamt hat es sich für einen kurzen Besuch gelohnt. Turin ist auch sehr schön, sauber und nicht so überlaufen. Außerdem gibt es hier spannende Pizza-Kreationen 😁
      Radiosong des Tages: About Damn Time von Lizzo
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    • Day 11

      Rien ne va plus…

      July 17, 2023 in Monaco ⋅ ☀️ 27 °C

      So heißt es beim Roulette vom Croupier. Das hört man auf jeden Fall im Casino. Da waren wir heute, zumindest im Foyer des berühmten Casinos von Monaco.
      Benni durfte auch mit rein und mal Jetons anfassen.
      Ansonsten ist der Stadtstaat voll von exquisiten Läden, teuren Autos und großen Luxus-Yachten. Mehr Geld auf einem Haufen sieht man selten in Europa. Die Stadt ist super schön und es wird penibel auf Sauberkeit geachtet. Erkunden kann man die Stadt grundsätzlich zu Fuß über viele Treppen und Aufzüge, was sehr praktisch ist. Wir sind noch immer sehr beeindruckt und fallen alle müde ins Bett.
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    • Day 36

      Dag 36

      May 18, 2023 in Monaco ⋅ ☁️ 18 °C

      Dagje Monaco vandaag. Heel mooi en veel dure auto’s. (Vooral bij het casino) Alles stond al klaar voor de Grand Prix van volgend weekend. Dubbel gevoel omdat ik normaal naar de race van dit weekend ging, maar deze is afgelast. Maar toch nog leuk om te zien. Zeker omdat je langst de pitboxes, finishlijn en podium kon lopen. Eenmaal terug op de camping ook nog een wasje gedaan.Read more

    • Day 61

      007 Casino Royal

      October 11, 2023 in Monaco ⋅ ☀️ 21 °C

      Mit dem Zug 🚆 sind wir nach Monaco gefahren, bei 4 Zugfahrten sind 3!!Ausgefallen! Hier also noch schlimmer als bei uns in Deutschland
      Dafür hat uns der Anblick von Monaco sehr entschädigt.
      Eine Traumstadt der Reichen und Schönen.
      Wir haben dann erstmal Hopp on hopp of gemacht und sind beim Casino 🎰 hängengeblieben.
      Einmal wie James Bond sich fühlen 😄🤪
      Für schlappe 18 EU pro Person durften wir ins Heiligtum, der Wahnsinn! Was hier wohl so an Kohle verzockt wird? 🎲♠️
      Für weitere 20 Euro noch ein Bier und eine Cola, champagner war uns dann doch zu viel 🙃😆
      Da wir wissen, wie toll es David hier gefallen hätte, haben wir ein wenig Asche om Casino heimlich verstreut und dann noch ein wenig Asche und ein kleines Olivenholzkreuz vor dem Casino niedergelegt.
      Im Namen deiner Schwester Rieka ❤️❤️❤️
      Die dich jeden Tag vermisst 🖤🤍🤎
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    You might also know this place by the following names:

    Monte-Carlo, Monte Carlo, Montecarlo, XMM, Monte Karló, Монте-Карло

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