Money, Money, Money...Money

Monte Carlo, Monaco

Walking around the city of Monte Carlo, Monaco is quite the experience. It is known as a playground for the rich, it's famous casino and Grand Prix race. The amount of visible wealth is on display wherever you go. The old saying, "If you have to ask how much it costs, you can't afford it" certainly applies there. All I could think of when walking around was the Pink Floyd song, "Money". This image was taken from the grounds of the Prince's Palace which started life as a Genoese fortress and is one of the city's most famous landmarks. The yachts, buildings and even small "parks" on the rooftops say it all.

Mirror, Mirror

Monte Carlo Casino, Monte Carlo, Monaco

Just a quick post and run today. This is the mirror that sits outside the famous Monte Carlo Casino in Monaco. I thought I would just give a quick set of random facts (courtesy of Wikipedia) about the casino. - The citizens of Monaco are forbidden to enter the gaming rooms of the casino. - Aristotle Onassis had a controlling stake in the Monte Carlo Casino until he was forced out by Rainier III - The Monte Carlo methods, a class of random sampling algorithms, were named for the casino. - The route of the Monaco Grand Prix (the Circuit de Monaco) goes past the casino. - Monte Carlo and its casino were the location for a number of James Bond movies - A beer in the casino costs the equivalent of $29

Have a great weekend everyone!

Alley Way

Monte Carlo, Monaco

Sometimes when you visit a place that you have heard a lot about, you get this image in your head of what it would be like to visit there. Often times, it turns out to be a bit different from your preconceived notion. That sort of happened to me when I visited Monte Carlo, Monaco. Everything I ever heard about it was that it was the playground of the rich and that opulence was everywhere you looked. You know what I mean -- shiny new buildings, streets and yachts. Yes, there is money to be seen throughout the city (the streets are not lined in gold) but what was unexpected was the old time feel of some of the alley ways and the architecture there.

As we walked around town, what impressed me the most were not the riches to be seen but rather the alleys like the one in this image. I felt like I was transported somewhere to a different time and the architecture was far from opulent. Quite the contrast of what I expected to like the most.