Monte Carlo

Trip Start Jun 10, 2012
Trip End Aug 17, 2013

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Monday, April 8, 2013

Monaco is the second smallest country in the world, after the Vatican City. It is divided into four parts: Fontvieille, Monaco-Ville, La Condamine, and Monte Carlo. I think Monte Carlo is definitely the most famous part, and it is where we stayed. We were there for two nights, but we came late on one night and left early two mornings after. So we had one full day there. The day we were there, Soph decided to just stay back at the hotel to try to catch up on school. I was sick for some reason. The night we got to Monaco, I threw up and it was only the second time I threw up on the trip besides Guatemala (well, in Guatemala I threw up a ton but you know what I mean). I still wanted to go out and see Monte Carlo though. So I packed my jacket with tissues and grabbed an umbrella because it was raining, and my mom and I walked out.
The whole country of Monaco is built on a steep hill that rises up from the water. There are actually public escalators and elevators that you will just find in random places to help you get up. Everything seemed to be pretty expensive there. In our hotel, there was a sheet for some French breakfast special and it was 59 Euros. 59! That was the most expensive breakfast price I've ever seen. Plus you get a FREE breakfast buffet (that has little containers of nutella for crepes) so why would you want to do that anyways? As for the nutella, I was sick during both breakfasts so I didn't have much of an appetite for it. But later I wished I would have taken one (or two...or a bag full) for the road.
Monaco is also ruled by a Prince and Princess. They have a palace at the top of a hill so they can look over their tiny empire. We walked up to the palace and did a tour of it. We had these little ear things where you can press buttons to listen to information. The tour was only on one side of the palace, because there are still people living in the rest. All of the rooms were very decorated and they contained many paintings of past Kings, Queens, Princes, Princesses, and other members of the royal family.
We walked through a super cute and colorful little street afterwards, got ice cream, and went back down the steep hill until we ended up at the famous casino. It was right across from the Hotel de Paris, which I only know about because of the movie "Monte Carlo" (starring Selena Gomez). Most of the streets after that were lined with designer shops and filled with smart cars and porsches.
One thing I noticed when walking around is that the people seem so polite. If you just happen to just stop on the sidewalk for a moment, and a car is passing, they will immediately stop in case you want to cross the road. That sort of thing does not happen in the US.
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