It was a little rainy so we decided to drive to Monaco for the day. I’m not sure what I was expecting but I was really blown away by it. It’s so clean, so picturesque and so friendly. It’s surrounded by mountains (and France) and built up around a harbor full of the largest yachts we have ever seen. The streets are so clean and every intersection has a smiling and helpful police officer. Monaco has 1 officer for every 60 residents!
We toured the Palace, where the Prince resides. It was fun to tour a real palace after visiting so many ruins. The kids enjoyed the throne room, which Prince Albert II still uses, and Rich and I loved all the amazing artwork. Harrison was enthralled by the Arms Room, which showcases guns from the 1600s right up to the present, including actual machine guns from World War II.
After the palace tour we strolled the small alleys and shopped in the tourist stores. We had a wonderful lunch at an Italian bistro and then ice cream from one of the many shops that surround the palace.
We took a train tour through Monte Carlo following a lap of the Grand Prix, saw the famous Monte Carlo Casino (sadly lacking Daniel Craig!), the harbor full of mega-yachts and the shopping streets with Rolex and Louis Vuitton. We had fun Ferrari-spotting, with the boys each scoring at least 5.
On our way back, we walked through the sculpture garden, which was a perfect end to a beautiful city.
We all decided that we should move to Monaco. Just need to find several million dollars lying around and we will be all set!