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View of the Prince's Palace with my fat finger in the way

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.

Monte Carlo
  Also in the garden was a deep natural cavern, so I took the free tour of that as well.  It's about 60 degrees F in there all year round, so it was nice to escape the heat!  There were cute french kiddies on the tour also, and they were trying to speak in english to me, and myself french to them.  It was a good time.

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.

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