Lunch in Monte Carlo

We drove to another country for lunch today – the principality of Monaco, which is about 6km down the coast from the apartment. Monaco is the second smallest country in the world, behind the Vatican, but as it is officially a country it increases the number of countries visited on the trip to 23!

The harbour in Monte Carlo
The harbour in Monte Carlo

We spent the afternoon in the capital, Monte Carlo, which is famous for its lavish casino and the formula 1 car race through its streets. Our first stop was Casino Square where we looked at some of the cars parked outside the casino, including Ferrari, Lamborghini, Bentley, Maserati, Porsche and Rolls Royce.

Monte Carlo Casino
Monte Carlo Casino
A Bentley convertible and a Ferrari outside the casino (and a silver Bentley in the background)
A Bentley convertible and a Ferrari outside the casino (and a silver Bentley in the background)
Rolls Royce convertible
Rolls Royce convertible
A row of three Lamborghinis and a Ferrari outside the casino
A row of three Lamborghinis and a Ferrari outside the casino
Despite the fancy cars parked nearby, we posed for a photo with a Range Rover (with a BOW11E plate).
Despite the fancy cars parked nearby, we posed for a photo with a Range Rover (with a BOW11E plate).

It was lunch time, so we took a front row table at the Cafe de Paris that overlooks the casino, only to find that the front section of the cafe only serves drinks and ice cream. We abandoned our prime people-watching spot and went to the restaurant section in the rear. A bit on the expensive side at 68 euros for two entrees and a bottle of water, but it is Monaco after all!

The Cafe de Paris
The Cafe de Paris
Braised knuckle-bone of lamb for lunch - with a side of sautéed spinach
Braised knuckle-bone of lamb for lunch – with a side of sautéed spinach

After lunch we walked through Monte Carlo and up the hill to see the Palace. It isn’t a very impressive building from the outside (although I’ve read that the interior is lavish). Bev and I were not impressed with the drill-skills of the sentry as he moved back and forth outside the palace – very sloppy!

Rainier's Palace
Rainier’s Palace
Palace sentry
Palace sentry

However, we were fortunate that our visit (on 3rd September) coincided with 70th anniversary of the liberation of Monaco by the Allies in the second world war. As part of the liberation celebrations, two major military historical exhibitions had been set-up in front of the palace, each recreating army camps from World War II as well as World War I. There was a large display of American WWII vehicles and equipment outside the palace that included a large collection of Willy’s Jeeps. They even had a female trio in uniform singing period songs (Andrews Sisters??).

World War Two military display outside the palace
World War Two military display outside the palace
One of several Jeeps on display
One of several Jeeps on display
Medic Jeep
Medic Jeep

IMG_35Photo of a jeep in Monaco on liberation day

War era songs
War era songs
The displays included a variety of military equipment and war-era items
The displays included a variety of military equipment and war-era items
Harley Davidson motorcycle and sidecar
Harley Davidson motorcycle and sidecar
Harley Davidson motorcycle and sidecar
Harley Davidson motorcycle and sidecar

Next on the agenda was a walk along the harbour to admire some of the super yachts that are berthed there. There’s an awful lot of money floating on that harbour!

Just some of the super yachts in the harbour
Just some of the super yachts in the harbour
This one has a large round hot-tub on the top deck
This one has a large round hot-tub on the top deck
Super yacht Iman. After seeing the 'Bowie' Range Rover and then the Iman yacht, we started to wonder whether the famous couple were in town.
Super yacht Iman. After seeing the ‘Bowie’ Range Rover and then the Iman yacht, we started to wonder whether the famous couple were in town.
Yacht Sweet Doll
Yacht Sweet Doll
The stern of Sweet Doll with a jet ski and a 'fun boat' being loaded
The stern of Sweet Doll with a jet ski and a ‘fun boat’ being loaded
This is the yacht Double Trouble
This is the yacht Double Trouble
And this SWEET classic Jag belongs to Double Trouble. That's the kind of trouble I could enjoy!
And this SWEET classic Jag belongs to Double Trouble. That’s the kind of trouble I could enjoy!
The Monte Carlo Yacht Club (foreground).
The Monte Carlo Yacht Club (foreground).

And just for giggles, we looked at the available properties in a real estate window. 990,000 euros will get you a studio apartment and a two bedroom apartment will set you back six million euros!

We drove back over the invisible border to France and our apartment, to think about where we will go for lunch tomorrow!

4 Comments

  1. Had you visited San Marino while in nearby Bologna, you could have claimed 24 countries! I’m enjoying your travel blog very much. Thanks for sharing!

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