Monaco was a place of golden, shiny, unnecesary wonder. A place where even your dreams seemed insignificant next to the realities of some. The grandeur of the second smallest country in the world is truely unbelievable.
We only spent around 3 hours here, heading over in the evening while staying in Antibes.
A quick drive along winding coastal highways; the boats, cars, houses gettting bigger and bolder as we drove closer.Topdeck provided an incredible picnic on the drive over, as the prices for meals in Monaco were way out of a campers budget.
Dressed in our best, we pretended our juice boxes were fancy champagne, complimenting our cheese platter and handmade mish mash burgers.
First landmark we saw was the Oceanographic Museum. The building itself is a 106 year old historical masterpiece, perched on the edge of the mythical Rock of Monaco. The founder, Prince Albert's vision was to 'Gather together the two driving forces of civilisation: art and science.' Jellyfish, octopus and fish encase its doors, behind which over 6000 specimens are on display.
This is one building on the top of our bucket list for 'next time'.
Vroom vroom! Curtis was especially excited to see the iconic Monaco Grand Prix Formula One circuit. As we watched the million dollar cruises passing on this regular city street, Curtis added the F1 sound effects, like a kid in a candy store!
To enter the Monte Carlo Casino, there is a 10 Euro entrance fee, but just to be inside and able to gawk at the jewels encrusted on the walls and roofs, is well worth it. We ordered fancy cocktails and watched blackjack, where the bets consisting of multiple zero's had us nearly choking on our drinks. I played my luck on the pokies and came out even, winning back all of my spendings for the night!
The history, coastal landscape, and over-the-topness jampacked into this tiny place left it a unique vivid memory as we continued our European Adventure.