Stop in medieval Eze and on to Monaco

Trip Start Jul 30, 2006
Trip End Ongoing

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Sunday, September 17, 2006

Sunday September 17 2006
We took the #82 bus (1.20 euro each) from Nice to a neighboring hilltop town of Eze. Eze was really interesting. This small medieval town sits at a great vantage point overlooking the Mediterranean. The streets are small and winding with many steps and small shops tucked in here and there. We got turned around a few times but finally found ourselves near the highest point of town. We had seen a few postcards along the way of the fantastic view and were anxious to see it. But when we got near, there was a ticket booth for some sort of garden at the top (where you find the view). All we wanted was a quick picture, definitely not worth the 10 euro entrance fee. We looked at our map of Eze and decided to try another route. On the other side of the hill was the cemetery which led up to an (almost) as beautiful view. Here we met another American couple, Rosanna and David, who were driving their way through Europe. He is an airline pilot, very familiar with South America. They were able to give us a few tips and pointers and offered us a ride to their next stop, but we were traveling in opposite directions. We caught the #83 bus from the bottom of Eze (near the perfume factory) to the #100 to Monaco.

Monaco & Monte Carlo -12 miles on foot
Arriving in Monaco, we were a bit disorientated and it took a few minutes to figure out where we were and where we needed to go. We ended up at the huge Port and walked along towards the sea. On the right, on the top of the ledges we found Le Muse'e Oceanographique. Here there is a small train with rubber wheels that gives a 30 minute tour for 7 Euros. We figured this was the best way to get orientated and see the most of Monaco. We saw all the major sites; Port Hercule, the Formula 1 Grand Prix Circuit (the cars reach speeds of 275 km/hr every May), the Casino of Monte Carlo and the 'Princely Palace'. After the tour we walked along the port where they were busy setting up for the upcoming Yacht Show. We rounded the corner and walked around the Casino and on to the beach of Monaco. At the beach we saw a commotion of photographers and people. They were obviously waiting for someone. We continued on our walk to the end of the beach (very nice beach... all sand). When we returned there were a group of guys in wetsuits in the water. We took a few pics and got closer. I asked a lady what was going on. She did not speak English, but I was able to figure out that one of the men in the wetsuits was Prince Albert of Monaco! We took a few more pics and we were soon on the train, back to Nice.
Monaco was one of the nicest places we have visited. There was no trash, no animal waste, no graffiti, not even clothes hanging out to dry. They told us that it is the 2nd smallest country (Vatican City being the smallest) and that there are 30,000 inhabitants. There is no unemployment. There is 1 policeman for every 60 people. There is little to no crime, but they say there are cameras everywhere and nothing happens without someone else knowing.
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