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Reflections of Monte Carlo

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The building in this reflection has broken many hearts...

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While some people visit Monte Carlo hoping to win a fortune at the Casino, we just came to see what all the fuss is about.
This is it - the famous casino that has broken so many people and made just a few immensely rich...

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And this is the hotel next door...

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The Hotel de Paris is the haunt of film stars, billionaires and big time villains. You need to be well healed to stay here. Even a modest lunch will set you back a hundred bucks each if you forego the almost obligatory bottle of bubbly. So, we are only here to see how the top 1% live. A yacht is absolutely de rigeur if you want to be taken seriously here. What about this little number?...

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Of course if your budget is a little more modest you can always park out of sight on the backside of Monte Carlo. At least you have a good view of the Prince's palace on top of the cliff...

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However, you are unlikely to get a royal invite through the backdoor. The best we could do was to get a quick peep through the Casino's back door..

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We couldn't even get a foot in the door of our own bank when we wanted to use the ATM. Despite the logo on the door being the same as the one on our credit cards, the snooty doorman said, "We don't have ATMs here. This is a private bank." Oh well - we guess Monte Carlo doesn't need our cash.

Posted by Hawkson 15:13 Archived in Monaco

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