Monaco left me with more or less the same feeling as Cannes did. It’s a wealthy nest where rich people like to show off with their ultra-expensive cars. I don’t remember ever seeing so many fancy cars all gathered in one place!
But it’s beautiful, it’s clean, it’s interesting. There was a lot of fuss in front of the Monte Carlo Casino with tons of tourists taking selfies, young richie-riches bragging about their new car-that-cost-a-fortune and Asians with their hands full of Prada, Hermes and Louis Vuitton shopping bags.
We had just a few hours until the bus back to Juan-les-Pins (where we were staying at a friend’s home), so we thought it would be a better idea to walk around a little bit and see what’s behind the main touristic attraction. Monaco is built on a hilly land and I have to confess I hated climbing the stairs of steep streets while looking for a decent restaurant with convenient price for a student’s budget, but I was hungry back then, otherwise I would have enjoyed more the view and the work out. The views can get really amazing from the higher areas! This part of the city was so silent compared to the one around the casino. The majority of the streets were empty, just here and there a business-dressed local talking on the phone. Most of the locals we’ve seen were well-dressed and had a sort of sobriety about them, some sort of simple, timeless elegance that they were effortlessly carrying around as if they had it since the day they were born.
No homeless people nor beggers, so one big point for you, Monaco!
But the bus for Juan-les-Pins was almost 2 hours late, so minus one point!