Monte Carlo Monaco – 2nd Travel Anniversary

Monte Carlo Monaco on our 2nd Travel Anniversary

This is our Travelversary!  And the start of our 3rd continuous year of world travel.

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Exploramum and Explorason – view of Nice on way to Monaco

Last year we enjoyed dining out for lunch and it in Bolivia, South America. In one of the poorest towns in one of the poorest countries.

And this year we dined overlooking the richest bay in the world.

Our first stop was t see the famed Casino. Last time I was 21 years old when I came here – 30 years ago.

It was so sunny and sparkly, and actually hard to take the photo.

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Exploramum and Explorason – Monaco Casino

Opposite will soon boast a new shopping centre that is so modern – I like it!

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Exploramum and Explorason – Monaco opposite the Casino

We head for Ice-cream or Gelato, and a soft serve which is fifty cents in Australia to MacDonald’s, is the equivalent of nearly nine dollars here.

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Exploramum and Explorason – Monaco Ice-cream

The casino now boasts two entrances and I remember the grand entrance well. Today it was closed. Children are unable to enter anyway.

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Exploramum and Explorason – Monaco – main entrance of the Casino

But we enjoyed the cars outside, but no, we failed to see any high flyers emerge.

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Exploramum and Explorason – Monaco – Explorason dreams of his new car

I loved looking at the jewels in Van Cleef’s window.  I did spot a couple of items I wouldn’t mind owning too.

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Exploramum and Explorason – Monaco Van Cleef & Arpels

This piece was really unusual. Stunning birds were formed in the design.

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Exploramum and Explorason – Monaco – eyeing off the jewels

With side doors firmly closed, we stopped to take shelter from the sun. Another day we should have worn a hat, but left it in the car.

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Exploramum and Explorason – Monaco Casino side doors

I remember clearly at 21 having the Contiki bus parked here in the rear. How life has changed.

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Exploramum and Explorason – Monaco Casino rear

We then walked down toward the port and harbour section, and it has several layers to walk through to get there.

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Exploramum and Explorason – Monaco Port top view

There are signs saying you will be prosecuted and possibly arrested for bare feet, bare chests and skimpy shorts. Monaco has a presence to uphold, and rightly so.

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Exploramum and Explorason – Monaco modern art on the walkway

We stop for a few more photos and we try to find the Grand Prix start line – which I think we used as a pedestrian crossing!

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Exploramum and Explorason – Monaco overlooking the boats

Back past the casino, we spied a few more cars being parked for the day, or even a few hours at the tables.

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Exploramum and Explorason – Monaco Casino car park

We then headed out of town for lunch. We found a fabulous restaurant overlooking the harbour and the prices were really reasonable.

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Exploramum and Explorason – Anniversary lunch

After lunch we wander around the streets of a tiny town called La Turbie, and find some ruins perched on the hill, but there is no way to enter them. The cobblestone little alleyways are something anyone would enjoy looking through for half an hour – very interesting, and peaceful, and old.

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Exploramum and Explorason – La Turbie

So we finally head back to Nice where our apartment is.

I’m really proud of Explorason.

In the last 2 years we have achieved so much.

This is our 31st country.

We have enriched our lives in so many ways.

This for me is quite a remarkable milestone.  All the travel families I have followed so far have been back to their homeland within this period.  We haven’t. We have had birthdays, Easter, Christmas and New Year away.

For me it has taken a lot of guts and determination.

It is not an easy ride at times, and we have not given in.

So here I sit, sipping a wine over the million dollar harbour view this day at lunch, and I thought to myself “What a Wonderful World”…. my favourite song – by Louis Armstrong.

This really is a wonderful world, and I have the best travelling companion ever; my son!

 

 

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6 comments

  1. Dont stay away forever we miss you guys but love reading about you and Louis adventures your anniversary is easy to remrmber for us as Rylen has also just turned 2

  2. What a fantastic blog! I really, REALLY admire what you guys are doing. I went to Monte Carlo last year on a day trip from Nice. Can’t say I fitted in very well with my singlet, denim shorts and jandals! But it was quite a sight to see, and a great place to celebrate your anniversary! Congrats 🙂

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