One of the smallest countries in the world
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I slept in a bit the next morning, and I woke up to no pain due to sunburn. I was still a very dark color, but the sunburn seemed to be gone...in some 24 hours. Believe me, it was bright red the day before. Either way, I took a quick walk to the train station in Nice and caught a 20 minute train to a new country - Monaco.
Monaco definitely fits into the Côte d’Azur theme, only on a much more ritzy scale. Even the train station looked a more upscale than any I had been in to date. Exiting the train station, I took a walk over to the botanical gardens. I couldn't even tell you how many different plants there are there from various parts of the world, including a million different kinds of cacti. Obviously, these plants have to survive in this warm climate.
The gardens offered a great view of the Prince's Palace, so I decided to head over there next. It was a longer and more difficult walk than I thought it was! Being on the top of a hill where the gardens were, I had to find my way down to the water level and then hike back up to the palace. There were elevators all over the city, but I couldn't use them. Must be a VIP only thing. I did eventually make it to the palace, but it was a hot day. Water in the city cost way too much money, so I toughed it out. Unfortunately, the palace was not open at the time...the sign said it didn't open until July 1....but at least I got some shots of the outside. I then walked down toward the beach again, and stopped in the aquarium for a bit...it's one of the largest in the world.
I was tempted to check out the casino, but I didn't have money to spare and the way I see it, if the ritzy people hang out in Monte Carlo, the casino is probably for them.