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Europe » Monaco » Monte Carlo June 14th 2010

Southern France: It took just four hours to travel from Le Mans to Aix-en-Provence. I was not used to this type of train service. It was a double decker and the seating was comfy the ride gracefully smooth. On arrival the Lady was there to meet me. I had not seen her for a while. We talked for hours. She showed me around Aix. It is a beautiful town. The grandeur of the past is clear in every building. It is a spa town, dating back to the Roman era. Loved throughout the centuries it has withstood time. There are fountains strewn across the town. All unique and intricate. The weather and landscape both notably different to the rest of France. The town is surrounded by jagged rocky hills and mountains. The plan would be to ... read more
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Europe » Monaco » Monte Carlo May 12th 2010

The next day we went on an awesome day trip to Monaco (our 8th country so far!). The sun even came out! We made it just in time to walk up to the Palace du Prince and see the changing of the guards. It was all very theatrical! We then went for a walk through the old part of town and took in the fabulous views over the harbour. It was the day before the start of the Formula 1 Grand Prix so there was lots of setting up and preparations going on. We got to walk the length of the track which was pretty cool. We later heard that Mark Webber for Australia won - awesome!! The track goes right past the famous Casino. We stopped here for a while (just outside as we didn’t ... read more
Palace du Prince
Palace du Prince
View of Monte Carlo

Europe » Monaco » Monte Carlo March 12th 2010

Despite Monaco's lingering image as "a sunny place for shady people," in W. Somerset Maugham's famous phrase, present-day Monaco is really more of a conventioneer and package-tour destination. Only 4 percent of its state revenues comes from the storied casino, now mostly patronized by hard-bitten Russians, and just 10 percent comes from banking transactions. The biggest chunk of national revenue, about two-thirds, comes from a value-added tax on goods and services sold in Monaco, which the principality shares with France. I would definitely recommend a trip to Monte Carlo, Monaco taking a chance to stroll the waterfront and get a glimpse of how some of the high society folks live. You will either leave Monte Carlo - just like me - in awe of all the amazing elegance and the high style living wondering where people ... read more
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First impression
View from the palace

Europe » Monaco » Monte Carlo January 28th 2010

Thursday 28.1.210 day 106 Monaco changing of the guards We checked out of our hotel and headed to Monaco to see the changing of the guards. It was lots of fun with a marching band and lots of guards doing synchronise gun swapping. We then drove to San Remo in Italy and then up to the Italian alps there was lots of snow and it was starting to get cold and dark and the road we were on had signs saying chains were required so we decided to stay in the Italian alps near Turino over night and get the autobahn out in the morning rather than keep going on the winding roads. ... read more
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Europe » Monaco » Monte Carlo January 24th 2010

So a lot of the questions that we're getting from you all back home have to do with: a) what the van is like b) what we do for sleeping and eating arrangements, and c) how the hell we're surviving in the middle of a European winter that is not by any means the mildest they've had in recent years. So this blog has less to do with where we've been and what we've seen and more to do with the day to day workings of two Aussies and a Toyota. The van stuff kind of has to be separated into two distinct parts - the old van and the new one. If you haven't been following, while we still had the old van after a couple of days in Barcelona, we were broken into and ... read more
A Typical Evening's Entertainment
Booze Is A Staple Part Of Our Diet
Aleks Nibbling On A Pack Of Ciggies

Europe » Monaco » Monte Carlo January 14th 2010

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
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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
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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




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