Trip Start Sep 28, 2009
21Trip End Oct 23, 2009
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The drive along the French Riviera, from Cannes, Antibes and on to Monaco was splendid. The Mediterranean Sea is spectacular shades of blue that go as far as the eye can see. Large villas overlook the harbors where cruise craft, fishing boats and cruise ships all anchor. The old buildings and palaces above tell stories of the Grimaldi regime and the fragrant ornamental gardens are fit for kings.
The Casino de Monte Carlo was built in 1863, an impressive and commanding building from the outside, and even more dazzling on the inside: Guarded entry, lavish decor, entry fee and passports must be submitted and dress code appropriate to get into the casino..
The house was no match today for Mr. Moore, blackjack was his game and taking the house in the worlds most famous and lavish casino was his game. We aren't too proud to brag: we walked out of there, up... just enough Euros to cover a standard french dinner for two with a bottle of Cote du Provence wine and a cuban cigar or two. When they refer to "big bills" in Europe, they mean it: the larger the denomination, the larger the paper money is.
For those of you unfamiliar with the world of F1 racing: This Grand Prix circuit, driven every spring by the worlds best Formula 1 drivers is, 2.08 miles long, takes about 1:15.00 (1 min. 15 sec.) to complete and is one of the most unique tracks on the entire F1 circuit because the track swirls through the automobile streets of old Monte Carlo, through tunnels, hairpin turns, grade changes, dashing around fountains, a swimming pool, cafes, a bump or two in the road and curbs. The chic onlookers on the yachts get a great view of Piscine, the swimming pool straight.
The next best thing for an F1 fan, here, would be to remove the scooters, buses and other cars (import a fancy Italian sportscar) and let him take a few laps in Michael Schumacher fashion... but a cruise in Dawn's new BMW will certainly suffice for now.
Please note in John's excitement, he misquoted the corner of Michael Schumacher's qualifying antics. I had to correct him later... it was actually Turn 17 La Rascasse going into turn 18 Anthony Noghes...
We'll chalk this day up to "life experiences." Driving the Monte Carlo circuit and taking the house at the Grand Casino: not bad at all.