Jet Lag 2008

CARNET DE VOYAGE: THE PRINCIPALITY OF MONACO
THE MILLIONAIRE’S FAVELA

Jet Lag 2008

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How could I describe Monte Carlo !? A millionaire’s favela … voila, Monaco looks like a millionaire’s favela, with people trying not to die of boredom by spending their time driving around in their Ferraris, and I am not kidding one car out of 10 here is a Ferrari!

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Everywhere you look, you see at least one Ferrari, it’s beyond ridiculousness …

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Because in Monaco there are no beaches people swim in artificial lagoons between the mountains and the yachts …

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The bigger the better!

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The “old” town is pretty, it is a kind of cute and colorful movie set like, where they pack tourists. Monaco is not a very “tourist friendly destination”, unless you come here to sleep at the Hotel de Paris, play at the Casino de Paris and eat at the Cafe de Paris, you are barely welcome to take photos of the rich and (I think I’m) famous.

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The first sign we saw stepping in Monaco was this hysterical tourist’s sign saying: Apart from the immediate vicinity of the beaches (and I repeat there are no beached here!) it is forbidden to walk bare chested (Damn! this place really sucks even if we haven’t seen anyone that would look good without a shirt), it is forbidden to walk wearing only a swimming costume and to walk bare foot … I would have added to the sign (if it was not right in front of the police station) It is forbidden to walk bare foot … only Louis Vuitton’s flip flops will be tolerated”.

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After eating at the Cafe de Paris, we did not waste more of our time in Monaco.

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So we came back to Nice asap. Nice, a city where you can relax at the beach and walk around shirtless ;-)

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Previously on the French Riviera: It’s Nice to be in Nice
More of our travels in 2008 here.

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8 Comments

  1. Bob

    25/08/2008 at 11:00 pm

    You are right: Monaco is ugly !

  2. Thierry

    26/08/2008 at 1:49 am

    Monaco IS so like a money-oriented dictatorship, it’s worth visiting for just how strange it is! If you want to see what filthy-rich people WITH taste did (OK, 80 years ago), go and visit both Villa Kerylos and Villa Ephrasi de Rothschild in Beaulieu – fantastic in different ways!

  3. pascal

    26/08/2008 at 3:43 am

    this vision of monaco is a bit cliché and many infos are wrong, ther are beaches in monaco it s called larvotto and there is there is a great gym with cute boys… plus the best spa in the world .. i ve spend all my holidays with my family in monaco for 30 years and despite what you think it s it s affordable and sometimes a lot cheaper than any average venue in paris… you can find fabulous lunch menus with 3 course at 15 euros just next to the prince palace, restaurant saint nicolas…by the way to book the best hotels in monaco at the best price, check this site :
    http://www.parismarais.com/hotels-europe.php?zone=Monte-Carlo

  4. pascal

    26/08/2008 at 5:40 am

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  5. casey911

    26/08/2008 at 6:18 am

    Thank You Pascal!! I was reading that article and thinking ok they are Monte Carlo haters. During the grand Prix there are plenty of beautiful boys to look at too!! Although it isn’t very affordable at that time. :)

  6. Agree

    26/08/2008 at 6:07 pm

    Monaco sucks all the people who have been there will tell you the exact same thing! Alek and Steph are so right!

  7. Rocka

    26/08/2008 at 7:28 pm

    Who knew Monaco wasn’t as fab as it seems, can you guys adopt me?

  8. Seth

    19/06/2009 at 11:16 am

    REALLY? Am i the only one who loves Monaco, I was there last year, along with the entire French Riviera, and along side with Nice, Monaco was fantastic, very different, very wealthy is almost unreal, but still thoroughly enjoyable. If people find it expensive then they should only go there when they can afford to splurge. I think its a great place.

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