Ursula and I easily put in at least eight miles by foot in Monte Carlo. That was not an easy stroll, either. It required considerable climbs and descents along some very hilly terrain and navigation for quite an impressive array of steps.
But the views this city-state offer are worth the trek. We found the best way to determine what to see was to take the scenic “train” along its circuitous route, then hike on after disembarking. We could have made use of the HO-HO (Hop-On, Hop-Off) tourist bus, but €8 beats €26 any day ($11 U.S. vs $35 U.S.). Unfortunately we just missed the changing of the guard by about five minutes. That takes place at 11:55 A.M.
Besides, being out on the streets and hiking up to the casino allow the car enthusiast to see some really great sets of wheels.
Not to mention the fantastical yachts that bob around in the harbor.
Some interesting trivia on this place (according to our “train” tour): The population is about 320,000. Crime is remarkably low, but then there is one police officer for about every sixty residents (if you do the math that comes out to a force of about 5,300 officers).
Another striking sight along the shoreline are the crystal clear, blue-green Mediterranean waters. Definitely take the time to photograph this sight, as it makes great background for laptops, blogs, and other applications benefitting from tranquil and calming scenery.
As I write this it is day three of our eight-day transatlantic crossing (our fourth such crossing by cruise ship). Stops after Monaco included Marseille, Barcelona, Malaga, Seville (where I had a really close shave, but more on that later), and Lisbon. I’ll be presenting photographs of these locales in the coming weeks. During those stops we also visited the Sagrada Familia, Sintra, and Alcazar Palace, all of which will have their own special blogs. Even though this posts on, November 22, it is today only Saturday November 9, and we should have returned to El Paso not later than Monday, November 18.
I hope you’re looking forward to a continuation of this series. Meanwhile, here is today’s photo gallery of Monaco: