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A Royal Wedding

The Principality of Monaco is reigned for more than 700 years by the Grimaldi family. When I first came eye to eye with their palace, it was still inhabited by a happy family: Prince Reinier, his gorgeous wife Grace Kelly, their son Albert and the beautiful doughters Caroline and St├ęphanie. How cruel life can be! A few months after my visit Gracia lost her life in a car crash which also seriously injured St├ęphanie. Afterwards Steph was looking her way in life, got a short carrier as a singer ("Ouragan") and some wrong friends, Caroline married a couple of times (one husband killed in a boat accident) and Albert - now ruler after the death of Reinier - is a bachelor with many girlfriends (and even children...).

Monaco is a must see when visiting the south of France.

Monaco, La Condamine
I took the train, which drops you off at the train station inside the rocks. Like most tourists I first went to the Monaco-Ville cape to have another look at the Palais Princier. The narrow streets are full of day trippers with cameras. At the end of the cape is the cathedral with tombs of princes, including Graces. In Monte-Carlo it's all about gambling. I didn't enter the casino to push my luck, but just admired the Mercedes McLarens which were parked in front of it. Dream on, boy! I was here a few days before the Formula One race and walked along the Grand Prix route (a.o. the tunnel where the race cars get their top speed). All places were Ferrari-red coloured with flags, stands and galleries were being built and the noise of testing engines was deafening, but music in the ears.

For some more tranquillity -we're all getting older, aren't we - I went to the jardin exotique in Eze, It is situated at the summit of the Col d'Eze, around the ruins of an old castle. Great views!

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A Royal Wedding
A Royal Wedding
Monaco, La Condamine
Monaco, La Condamine
Grand Prix time in Monaco
Grand Prix time in Monaco
Port Hercule
Port Hercule
Formula 1 fan with boat (and Ferra…
Formula 1 fan with boat (and Ferr…
Right on track!
Right on track!
Quai des Etats-Unis
Quai des Etats-Unis
Place dArmes
Place d'Armes
Hot wheels out of competition
Hot wheels out of competition
Old Monaco
Old Monaco
Monaco cathdral for royal weddings
Monaco cathdral for royal weddings
Eze
Eze
Eze, jardin exotique
Eze, jardin exotique