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Europe » Monaco » Monte Carlo January 14th 2010

F1 Monaco 2008 The Monaco Grand Prix (French: Grand Prix de Monaco) is a Formula One race held each year on the Circuit de Monaco. Run since 1929, it is widely considered to be one of the most important and prestigious automobile races in the world, alongside the Indianapolis 500 and the 24 Hours of Le Mans (informally known as the Triple Crown of Motorsport). The circuit has been called "an exceptional location of glamour and prestige." The race is held on a narrow course laid out in the streets of Monaco, with many elevation changes and tight corners as well as a tunnel, making it one of the most demanding tracks in Formula One. In spite of the relatively low average speeds, it is a dangerous place to race. The first race in 1929, was ... read more

Europe » Monaco » Monte Carlo January 14th 2010

Europe » Monaco December 23rd 2009

It was an uneventful and unreasonably long ride from Lyon to Marseille. The day was unremarkable, save the oddity of passing a place called “Oregon,” (have you ever wondered where the name for the territory came from?) and my ride through the nougat capital of the world, Montelimar. You may, if your mind is limber enough, recall the name Montelimar from the beginning of the Beatles song, “Savoy Truffle” on the White Album. That’s why it sounded familiar when I saw it on the map between my points of departure and arrival. I looked it up, and indeed, it had earned its place of honor in George’s lyric. This is where white nougat was born. This prompted me to stop at the “Nougat Palace,” and (skipping the tour due to time constraints) visit the gift shop. ... read more

Europe » Monaco » Monte Carlo December 11th 2009

Hello everyone, I just wanted to wish you all a very happy Christmas and a merry new year. Please enjoy your families and play nice. See you in 2010 maybe.... read more

Europe » Monaco » Monte Carlo November 8th 2009

Having allocated a decent amount of time to Nice itself, we decided on the third day to head to the tiny Principality of Monaco or "Principatu de Múnegu" in its native dialect of Ligurian, a western Romance language. At 33,000 people Monaco is the world's most densely populated sovereign country and the second smallest country after the Vatican. It would take maybe an hour to traverse the entire 2 km². It has been ruled by the House of Grimaldi since 1297 - the most famous member of the royal family was undoubtedly Grace Kelly who married Rainier III, Prince of Monaco in 1956. The bus ride from Nice was a mere 1€ and hugged the incredible Mediterranean coastline for the entirely of the maybe 45 minute trip. Border control was non-existent, and suddenly we were in ... read more
Looking up toward the Palace
Heading up
Changing of the guard


Europe » Monaco » Monte Carlo October 28th 2009

Wednesday 28th October Incident at the toll booth and a few hours with the rich and famous in Monaco We are still adjusting to the demise of daylight saving last Sunday and the location of our hotel high up in the hills behind Nice means there is no traffic noise so sleeping in is easy. We have one English speaking TV channel and that is the BBC but after an hour of watching it all the same news is repeated again it is just as well we can rely on Newstalk ZB from home via the laptop to give us ongoing variety contact with the outside world.The internet connection in this hotel is one of the fastest and most stable we have had on this adventure. We wanted to be a bit earlier on the road ... read more
Downtown Monte Carlo,Monaco
View over Monaco from the palace terrace
Changing of the guard,Monaco

Europe » Monaco » Monte Carlo September 21st 2009

How quickly summer is fading to fall here in Lyon. I ride to school with a sweater on, but usually in the afternoon it is warm enough for just a T-shirt, but I fear those days are soon to be over. I had the pleasure of watching the US Open over some good cold beer and very good French wine with my host Dad here. The time difference made for some late nights, but my very enthusiastic tennis loving host Dad has tennis club membership, and full access to their TV with the Tennis Channel, and fully stocked bar, so we enjoyed the splendid matches indeed. If you didn't see "The Shot" by Federer, check it out. Marc and I have been up to much mischief these last couple days. Monaco was our excursion last weekend. ... read more
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Europe » Monaco » Monte Carlo September 20th 2009

MONACO BABY! Words can't really do it justice so I wont even try!... read more

Europe » Monaco » Monte Carlo September 12th 2009

Well we've not been here before. You can smell the money! Took the train in, very quick journey. What can i say about Monte Carlo....well it has excellent ice cream! Worth a visit but not for more than a day (well i suppose if you like formula one you'd make more out of the place!) The Opera de Monte-Carlo is something to look at!... read more
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Europe » Monaco » Monte Carlo July 29th 2009

Le grand prix puis surtout all you can see....I love it is a crazy place and that s the less you can say. Do you know that you always have three cam facing you everywhere. On a pris un bus a 1 euro puis on s est rendu a monaco au debut de l apres midi...on a fait une ballade sur le circuit de formule un puis ensuite nous avons fait un tour de petit train. Pour finir notre journee sur le bord de l eau a manger pour pas trop sur une terrase. Nick... read more
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