Monaco

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Breathtaking!
     I guess one of the surprising things about Monaco to me was getting into the country.  No checkpoint, guards, gate, not even a cheesy sign saying "Welcome to Monaco."  What didn't surprise me was how beautiful it was!  We parked in an underground parking deck, emerged near a small park entrance, then walked through the park, up the hill and were within a few blocks of the palace.  Sitting on a hilltop/cliff overlooking the Mediterranean, the view of the city was magnificent.  I could not have chosen a better place to build a palace.  Though it drizzled on and off, we snapped a great deal of pictures and then decided to tour the palace.  The palace was modest, yet stately.  many pictures of the Royal family on display, guards EVERYWHERE!  Photography was forbidden.
Crypt of Princess Grace.
  It was evident the family of Princess, even the entire country cared greatly for Princess Grace.

     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.
Church where Princess Grace is buried.
  Makes a great pencil cup on my desk at school!

     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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Breathtaking!
Breathtaking!
Crypt of Princess Grace.
Crypt of Princess Grace.
Church where Princess Grace is bur…
Church where Princess Grace is bu…
Many great views of the city.
Many great views of the city.
Jacques Cousteau Museum.
Jacques Cousteau Museum.
The palace.
The palace.
Guarding the palace.
Guarding the palace.
This guy made it clear .... Dont…
This guy made it clear .... "Don'…
The Casino at Monte Carlo.
The Casino at Monte Carlo.
Casino facade.
Casino facade.
Riding through Monte Carlo.
Riding through Monte Carlo.
Great food, pleasant conversation!
Great food, pleasant conversation!
Cakes of perfumed soap.
Cakes of perfumed soap.
Perfume factory gift shop/
Perfume factory gift shop/
869 km (540 miles) traveled
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