Monaco Travel Blog› entry 11 of 11 › view all entries
October 20th, 2005 – by: jmaretich
Next was the casino at Monte Carlo. Was kinda hoping to see James Bond sitting at one of the tables but I guess he was busy! You could enter the lobby, but it cost about 20 euro to enter the actual gaming rooms. I really wanted a gaming chip, so I entered and somewhat embarrassed, inquired as to the cost of the lowest chip. Only $5 euro! A great souvenir! There was a room of two of one armed bandits - slot machines. Spying the quart sized cups to store your winnings, I discreetly slid one inside my jacket and in my best 007 move, casually exited.
After lunch and some shopping, we were anxious to visit the Jacques Cousteau Oceanography Museum, but our bus driver insisted we were behind schedule and must load up. Our grumbling must have had an affect, because on the return trip to Nice, he detoured and took us to the Fragonard Perfume facility. We were given a guided tour of the plant and observed the making of perfumed soap, and various perfumes. We were told that to qualify, or receive certification as a perfume expert, it required 6 years of school. You also had to be able to distinguish between over 700 different scents with your nose! I'd never make it. It was all very interesting and I was able to buy my wife some French perfume at a very reasonable price!!!
We returned to Nice for a quiet walk on the shores of the Mediterranean, one last meal in France, and resigned ourselves to packing for the early morning return to the U.S.
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