22.05.2013 20 °C
Well, today we spent the day in Monte Carlo. What a beautiful place and yes full of Ferrari's and Porsches. As we were walking the streets we came across a motor mechanic garage that was full of Ferrari's that were being worked on. It was Ferrari heaven for me. Of course I had to have my picture taken against one, a red one of course. I will attach it soon. Finding time to upload pictures and videos is not easy when there is so much to do and see.
We managed to make it to the preparations around Monte Carlo for the Grand Prix (GP) Formula 1. Oh wow, lots of yachts and expensive boats, lots of security, lots of staff working on getting things together. We managed to see the engineers working on the Ferrari stand. We saw part of the track. We saw Mark Webber's engineers working as well in their stand. We saw all the other engineers working on other cars, all in their own stands. It was amazing. We spent most of the day there until security told us to leave.
We saw where Prince Rainer lives (only from the outside). It is a castle of course. His face can be seen on 2 Euro coins here.
We tried macarons and coffee. The macarons were gluten free. They were superb. I have never seen so many petite pastries and sweets in my life, most of them not gluten free (cry, cry) all beautiful. We walked and walked the streets of Monte Carlo soaking in the atmosphere.
Going into the supermarket was an experience for me. Neal sat this one out. I have never seen a supermarket so massive in my life. What struck out most was the size of this supermarket. It was selling everything from clothes to alcohol along with normal supermarket goods. Finding what I was after in the supermarket was yet another challenge. With a bit of english and describing what I wanted with my hands I managed to buy what I needed at the time.
We caught the bus to the train station and caught the train from Nice to Monte Carlo. It took about 20 minutes on the train as Monte Carlo is not far from Nice. The view was interesting as we saw lots of nice looking homes, two or three stories high usually on sides of mountains overlooking the ocean. The mediterranean coast was beautiful.
Overall, I would say that Nice is not so nice to visit and stay but Monte Carlo is spectacular.
I forgot to add, all the hotels we have stayed at to date also have towel warmers.
It is also not easy for Neal and I in a country where we cannot speak the language. It has been a challange but somehow we manage. Now I understand how my mum and dad must have felt when they first arrived from Italy to Australia in 1956.
Tomorrow we are off to Lyon via Cannes, about a 4 hour drive from Nice.