Travel Tuesday: Monaco

Happy Tuesday everyone! This weekend was post-less because Bernie and I spent 9 hours Saturday and 9 hours Sunday doing this:

We primed and painted 3 rooms in his condo. The previous owner picked some pretty atrocious colors, so it was time to get rid of them. Goodbye royal blue kitchen! We’re completely exhausted, but recovering. We still have the big living room and a tiny hallway left. Of course, we leave the biggest and smallest areas left. Don’t ask why.

This week on Travel Tuesday, is our short pit stop in Monaco: the land of the rich and famous. After a day resting on the beach, we headed back to the hotel to get all dressed up to go to Monaco. On the way, we stopped by the side of the road to take pictures and pop some bottles of champagne!

Monaco is the second smallest country in the world and is governed under a monarchy by Prince Albert. He and wife Charlene Wittstock had just gotten married, so the whole town had both the Monaco flag and the South African flag (where Charlene is from). Our first stop was the church where Prince Albert got married, Saint Nicholas Cathedral. It was beautiful and peaceful — also where Grace Kelly is buried, along with other members of the family.

Then we walked to the royal palace. There was some sort of event going on — lots of expensive cars and royal guards.

The view from the palace area over the water and port was incredible. All of the yachts were in the port. There was so much money in Monaco, you could feel it!

After some pictures, we had an awesome dinner. Then it was on to the casino — the Monte Carlo.

The casino was so cool! As we walked to the casino, we saw expensive car after expensive car! Bentleys were everywhere, along with Mercedes, BMW, Ferrari, and Lamborghinis. The casino itself was beautiful. I wasn’t allowed to take photos inside, but it was full of gold leaf, glass, beautiful high ceilings, and carved walls. I felt like I was inside a museum. We only played the 5 Euro roulette table. Our choices were that or the 20 Euro blackjack tables or slots. Other than that, everything else was closed off to us (because we couldn’t afford it). I ended up winning 10 Euro, but then quickly lost it, breaking even. Bernie did worse — he lost 20 Euro. I guess I’m just better at gambling ;)

Until next time!