All along the Riviera a franchise operates to provide a quick and easy ride around each town. Monaco is no exception, though this one has to mount the very steep inclines of Monte Carlo, with a bunch of overweight tourists so appears to be driven by the equivalent of a Ferrari engine.
They are always packed to the roof with the kind of tourists who consider pressing buttons on a TV remote control " major physical excercise".
Its popular so I've no real reason to complain, but honestly, do you realise how downright ugly and silly a train full of of tourists looks?
I call it lack of ambition.
Unique Suggestions: You were given legs. OK life doesn't come with an instruction manual, but its not that difficult: one foot in front of the other. Monaco is tiny - the entire population is half of the attendance of a Bruce Springsteen concert. You can walk from one side to the other in twenty five minutes. So you don't need a vehicle to transport you around it. (I can hear you now: " What should I see in Monaco? I've hired a car...")
Fun Alternatives: Use your legs and discover the pleasures of actually being where you are, not viewing them from afar, passing through. Get face to face with the place you are visiting.
Cafe de Paris, opposite Casino Monte Carlo
Ouch this place is expensive!. A miserable 25cl glass of beer clocked 6 euro. The menu described it as a "demi". I understand that - a demi - a half, as in a half litre. No. A half, as in "half as much as you expect". When I asked the waiter "was not a demi a half litre?, he sneered "You can buy two if that is what you want". Twelve euro for a half litre of beer? No thank you!. He shrugged. This is Monaco. Everything is stupid priced. If you don't like it, why are you here?.
He's right of course. What makes this place interesting is the beautiful face of money. So don't complain. The people watching is unrivalled. Look apon it as better value than the beer.
Fun Alternatives: There is no alternative. Pay and enjoy. On few other places on earth will you have the opportunity to see people who's only purpose in life is spending money.
Although beautifully decorated with sculptures, paintings and stained glass, I found this place very boring and stuffy. You have to pay 10 euros to get in to play and have to be suitably dressed. Men need to wear a jacket and tie, No one under 18 is admitted. There is also a free casino for which you do not pay to get in which is a few doors away. Similarly, there was no excitement factor for me. I'd take Vegas anyday. You can however go there to people watch and take pictures in front of the expensive cars dreaming they are yours.
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