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Amazing Monaco

September 12, 2013

You know what I hate most in life? Decisions! Gah.  I hate making decisions that could potentially have really negative consequences. I know, that’s such a pessimistic way to look at it, because they could also have really amazing results as well. And they usually do. But I still just can’t help and stress over them. I hate that I do that. I wish that I could fully embrace change as soon as it rears its ugly  head and run forward with abandon and never look back. Sigh.

ANYWAYS, I say all that to say that my brain hurts from all the thinking I’ve been doing lately, and while going through pics earlier to send to Christy, I couldn’t help but smile as I remembered all the fun we had and how AMAZING Monaco was.

So I decided to take a mental break for a few minutes and drift back into vacation mode and post some pics from Monaco.

Maybe it was all that I had heard about glamorous Monaco. Maybe it was the spellbinding and fascinating tale I had watched on Dateline one day many years ago about Ted Maher. Maybe it was the stories my aunt and uncle told about traveling there for the Monaco Grand Prix one year. Maybe it was the fact that it was my 30th country so I was a bit giddy. Maybe it was the fact that the place simply oozed with fancy cars. Or maybe it was simply the fact that Monaco is as glitzy and glamorous and amazing and gorgeous as I had heard, but either way, I simply loved Monaco.

Nestled into the hillside along the French Riviera, the tiny principality of Monaco is surrounded on all sides by France and the Mediterranean Sea. It’s the second smallest country in the world (after Vatican City) and I am going to guess (based on looking at the numbers) that it has one of the highest GPDs per capita in the world. Don’t quote me but I’m pretty sure. There’s also no income tax there.

Annnnd, that said, it’s also really bad for one’s state of contentment and desire to live simply and free from the rat race of trying to get rich, ha. Simply put, Monaco can quickly make you think, “hmmm, I think I could do this whole ‘rich’ thing, ha.” =) The place simply sparkles, especially at night.

We had a lot of fun walking all over the place (think sore, sore feet!) and exploring all of this little country. I have never in my life seen so many fancy cars in one place. And indeed I think it’s safe to say I saw more of them in that one day than I have in my entire life combined. I am not at all a car person, but even I had a lot of fun and learned about cars I had never even heard of before. We saw so many Lamborghinis that we stopped being impressed. We saw at least one Maybach (I had never heard of them, didn’t recognize the emblem on the car). Lots of Rolls Royces – Christy liked the convertible one with red leather interior. A Maserati. A Bugatti Veyron. A McLaren. Lots of Ferraris. And probably more that I am not remembering (again, I am not a car person, ha – I am doing good to remember those names that I listed). A lot of these we saw just driving around the city, but then we also saw even more parked at the casino at the top.

Such a fun, memorable day! I will never forget it. Amidst all the discussions of late with friends about to marry or not to marry, or where all the good guys are, ha, I stop and remind myself – how many of my married friends get to do things like this? None that I know of. So until that Mr. Right finds me (if God even wants him to, the jury’s still out on that one), I will fully embrace my amazingly fun life, fully aware that the party could be over at any moment (lol, ok, SLIGHT exaggeration but you know what I mean – fully live wherever you are and at whatever stage you are at!) Life. is. so. FUN! Or it can be if you let it. Gah, I am so amazed at how many boring people there are in the world. If all you can discuss is the latest movie you watched, or other people, I want to scream GET A LIFE! lol. Ok, that’s all.  Just had to vent a little. I am so thankful for all the friends God has given me who have a desire to serve Him and aren’t afraid of a little adventure.

And….enough rabbit trails for one day. Here are the pics! (We have come to call Monte-Carlo the city of arches. Look for all the arches as you look at the pics. Windows, bridges, etc. Also notice all the greenery on the tops of the buildings!) And, due to my awesome internet connection and how long and frustrating it was to upload pics, they are in no particular order. =)

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Interior of a fancy hotel we wandered into. Never felt so out of place in my life!

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Fancy elevator in the fancy hotel =)

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Heading into one of the malls

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Best eclair I've ever had!

Best eclair I’ve ever had!

Interesting tomatoes

Interesting tomatoes

Van Cleef and Arpels window display

Van Cleef and Arpels window display

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Up at the castle

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Can you spot tiny us? =)

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I think more staircases need escalators next to them, ha

I think more staircases need escalators next to them, ha

We saw

We saw lots of “private” banks around Monaco

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Everything at night was so pretty all lit up

Everything at night was so pretty all lit up

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Just me and my nephew’s present in front of a McLaren from who knows where, no big deal ;P

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Old school Bentley from Russia

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The Bugatti

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Rolls with red leather

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Maserati from Dubai

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Even the train station in Monte-Carlo sparkled =)

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MC license plate

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Loved the effect of this reflecting plate

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It’s official – love locks have taken over the world. European world anyways.

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Clear water

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Starting our walk up to the castle

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Rue Princess Caroline – cute little shopping street where I got the lil guy’s present =)

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Eating lunch in front of the marina and right on the street that is used for the Monaco Grand Prix race track

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Random plants growing all over the wall

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This was amazing

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. September 12, 2013 8:53 am

    I loved how enthusiastic and passionate this post was. 🙂 As always, I totally loved all the pics. I enjoyed looking at them a second time and reading all about Monaco. Fun stuff! (And I KNOW I haven’t seen that many fancy cars in real life – my entire life combined).

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