Monte Carlo, Monaco. You wanna talk
small? This is SMALL. Monaco is on the hillside above the
Mediterranean Sea, in the resort area of the French Riviera. Monaco
is only 0.73 sq miles! The land contiguous with Monaco is France.
Italy is five miles to the east. From the 12th century to the 18th
century, France and Italy were fighting over Monaco. In 1814 France
recognized the throne of Monaco and permanent independence was
The beaches are made of small stones. White skin used to be desired,
because tanned skin meant that you were working in the fields, so
the main entrance of the theater faces away from the beach.
Wealth is the word I would use to describe Monaco. A person has to
be wealthy to own a residence here. The average rent is 1,000
Euro/mo and the average wage is 1,600 Euro/mo, so it takes two or
three wage earners to pay for an apartment.
Some land was reclaimed from the sea to extend Monaco towards the
sea. In 1982 Princess Grace died in a car accident on a rainy night
on a curvy road. Prince Rainier died in 2005. Albert, one of their
sons, is the current Prince. There are no ship's excursion tours to
Monaco because the Grand Prix Formula One race is being held May
24-27. Streets are blocked off with fences and barricades, so the
ship planned all tours to be out of Monaco. Mary and I chose
different tours. Mine went to Nice (pronounced Niece), France, where
we saw several points of interest in town. In the small parking lot
of a hotel on the side of the mountain, we saw a Maserati and a