Princess Lesia of Monaco !

Trip Start Sep 22, 2009
Trip End Oct 14, 2009

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Saturday, September 26, 2009

Bonjour!  Today we arrive at Monaco!  A district of royalty and affluence!  The home of Prince's and Princesses!  An area visited by many Prince's and Princesses as well as celebrities, millionaires and billionaires!  It's a place to see and be seen!  It's a location where wealth is a necessity and sophistication is a requirement!  

Also today, Elsie celebrates a birthday!  Her 60th!  That little girl born on the Canadian Prairies to immigrant Ukrainian parents, who's now raised a family of her own, continues to value and be proud of her Ukrainian heritage!  So, today, Elsie becomes Lesia, that beautiful Ukrainian Princess!  And could there be a more appropriate location than Monaco!  For those who may not be aware, the name Elsie translates to Lesia in Ukrainian.

So, the Ruby Princess takes Princess Lesia to Monaco!

Today's Royal itinerary takes us on a tour of Monaco, including old Monaco and the Royal Palace.  It's uncertain whether the schedules of Prince Albert or Princess Caroline will allow for a meeting with Princess Lesia but our respective public relations staff are working on it!

The tour of Monaco-Ville, also known as Old Monaco included a walk through the narrow streets that once inhabitated the Grimaldi family.  And where Prince Rainier and Grace Kelly joined in marriage in St. Nicholas Cathedral.  In the square of Monaco-Ville, the Royal Palace could be found.  From here, you could see all the districts of Monaco including Fontevielle, La Condamine and Monte-Carlo.  Not to mention the breathtaking view of Port Hercules, more commonly known as the Port of Monte-Carlo!  Here you could see the yachts of millionaires and billionaires.  

The tour of the Royal Palace, where Prince Albert currently resides, offered an interesting and  historical view of the life of the Grimaldi family.  Later, we enjoyed some leisure time walking around the Palace Square, through the lanes and streets of Monaco-Ville.  At 3pm sharp, we watched the Changing of the Guard in front of the Royal Palace.  

Back at the Port, we opted not to return to the Ruby Princess just yet.  Instead we chose to visit the casino in Monte-Carlo.  Here, we found where the rich and famous come to play!  There were BMW's, Mercedes, Audi's, Porsche's, Ferrari's and even a Lamborghini.  We even witnessed a Volkswagon wedding car.  Hmm!  A wedding in Monte-Carlo!  Can you say $$$$$$$?

We couldn't make a visit to the casino without making a wager, so we entered and relinquished our 10 Euro entry fee to enter the infamous Monte-Carlo casino only to relinquish several more euros once inside.  Before leaving, we took a few minutes to appreciate the artwork and interior of the casino.  For us, it felt like we were in a scene of Casino Royale with James Bond!  I kept looking for Daniel Craig.  

Our dinner reservations at Sabatini's was 8:30pm.   The dining experience at Sababini's was very personable!  The eight course meal was superb!  We both chose the steak and lobster, otherwise referred to as surf and turf!  The service was fantastic!  Sabatini's provided a more intimate and personable experience!  We were glad we arrived with an apetite.  Otherwise, the eight courses would've been too much.  The champagne carried us through dinner until the cappuccino's. 

Three hours later, we exited Sabatini's!  A fantastic end to a very memorable day!  Princess Lesia, this day was yours!  Every second, every minute, every hour!  I was honored to be your husband because every Princess has a Prince!  And for the day, as I escorted you, I felt like Prince Richard!

Bonsoir!  Prince Richard & Princess Lesia of Monaco!


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