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Monaco: Monaco Town & Casino

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Monaco Town & Casino | Monaco | Europe

[Visited: November 2001]

After getting off the train, some long tunnels take you out in the sunlight of Monaco and you find yourself directly on the seashore. From here you can choose: left to Monte Carlo and the casino area, and right to the port and old Monaco ville. I first went left, looked in awe at the amount of luxury boats docked in this small port, and took a public elevator up to the casino area. From here, you get a nice view of this strange little kingdom.

Picture of Monaco Town & Casino (Monaco): Monaco harbour

I then went on for a walk in the casino neighbourhood. Luxurious cafes and hotels surround this area. The casino itself, the people it attracts, the surroundings suggesting wealth, made this an area where I did not really feel at home. Luxury shines everywhere, but it is a very materialistic luxury. Interesting to observe, but I was drawn back to the main city and decided to walk around the country to the other side of the port.

Picture of Monaco Town & Casino (Monaco): Monaco harbour - Palace area

Moving up from the Place des Armes, you actually get nice views of Monaco port. The reward for walking up the steps is a maze of small streets, with the Mediterranean colours I like to much (orange-yellow and orange-red). I had to search very well to find places with few foreign visitors who are everywhere in this small, posh country. Monaco is certainly located beautifully, but I felt as if walking around in a world completely strange to me.

Picture of Monaco Town & Casino (Monaco): Casino of Monaco
Picture of Monaco Town & Casino (Monaco): Hotel in Monaco
Picture of Monaco Town & Casino (Monaco): Monaco harbour
Picture of Monaco Town & Casino (Monaco): Balcony in Monaco
Picture of Monaco Town & Casino (Monaco): Houses in Monaco

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