Monaco is a place you go to die. Horrible food, terrible people say the wrong thing you will be arrested. If you think French people are awful you will never tolerate Monaco. It's the worst place I have ever lived and I plan not to return ever.
The fist time I ever gambled was here in Monaco in 1986. I had no idea what I was doing and lost several days wages in a few character-building moments. Unless you know what you are doing and can afford to lose it – don’t do it. Since that day I have only ever gambled very small amounts. Betting big money here (or anywhere) is a guarantee you will lose a lot of money.
I learned my lesson, please benefit from my lesson before you get too excited. I paid for it already. You can take this advice for free.
Beware of muggings
Monaco - What an utterly horrible place - the only thing worth seeing is the Jardins Exotique and Caves priced at Euro 6.50 per person. It is one glorified building site filled with arrogant people. Traffic fumes are horrendous. Car parking is not for the faint hearted and you 'screw' your way down to it - needless to say it was expensive. We didn't bother going into the Imperial Palace as it was so expensive. Beware of muggings in what is described as the village - basically 1 street of tacky tourist shops and extremely expensive restaurants. Only place where people were nice was McDonalds - and what a fantastic view it had. Service was good.
Drivers in France
Drivers in France are likely to ignore the posted speed limits and exceed them. They drive on the right in France and you must give way to drivers coming from streets to the right of you. There is no shortage of service stations either on the major road routes or the smaller side roads.Related to:
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Casino de Monte-Carlo
This can be a warning / danger or a tourist attraction, but either way, be warned, if you are carrying anything that resembles a camera or recording device, it must be checked at the door.
I'm not certain how many of you photographers would leave a couple of Nikon bodies and a few lens just sitting in the "coat room" regardless of how guarded it was.Related to:
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Monaco Dress Code
There is is a dress code in Monaco and you may be subject to prosecution if not in compliance. Apart from the immediate area of the beaches and bathing facilities, you may not walk around bare chested, bare foot or wear bathing suits around town.
Gambling and Virtual Tourist addiction
There is a risk of catching GA (gambling adiction) when you win in a casino especially.
Hmm... risk of catching VTA (Virtual Tourist Addiction) is much higher, am I wrong?
Diagnosis of GA:
Reply to Twenty questions
Most compulsive gamblers will answer yes to at least seven of these questions.
Diagnosis of VTA:
??? - any suggestions?
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Wear a tie and smile :-)
I was twice in Monaco and its part called Monte Carlo. Both times I could see the famous Casino Monte Carlo only from the outside. Hmm... I didn't use to take a tie with me while traveling.
Remember guys - you must wear a tie to get inside. And don't forget to smile when you enter the casino hehe.
Didn't they change those 20th century rules nowadays (21th century), he?Related to:
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Be careful driving around...
Be careful driving around here. The roads are high in the mountains, they are very small. Do not try speeding here or passing another car where you drive behind. It's very dangerous, it will not be the first time when an accident happens here.
This isn't really danger, but...
This isn't really danger, but for people who have always heard about the French Riviera, but have not been there, be forewarned that the chairs are lined up because the beach is all rocks! The coastline is not fluffy sand, but grainy and rocky. It does not inhibit the beauty of the area, just laying on the beach!
The biggest danger in Monaco...
The biggest danger in Monaco is that you will gamble and spend yourself into oblivion. That said, a few cautions are in order. Littering is a hugely bad idea that can get you arrested. Don't do it. The police are tough as nails, and you can be fined for not wearing a shirt in areas away from the beach or pools. Walking along the major roads is dangerous - learn the little underground pedestrian passages. Unless you are a car racing fan, do NOT go during or around the Monaco Grand Prix. The place is overrun with more tourists than usual, the high prices are higher, the already horrible road situation is worse, and the pretty, if urban, landscape is scarred with temporary crash barriers and grand stand seating. This is not worth it.
Monaco is a very quiet and...
Monaco is a very quiet and peaceful city... On the picture is the House of Government. But be careful on the road... There too many robers... Not in Monaco directly, but in South France... So beware of thiefs! And don't foget closing your window, no matter how high you sleep or how hot it is...
Casual wear is requested...
Casual wear is requested everywhere in town, do not wear like anarchist, or you will be rejected promptly.
I took out my shirt and one minute later, a local police ask me to put it on again, you have to be appropiete, it is a common sense rule.
Just wear comfortable things!!
Despite the somewhat...
Despite the somewhat successful exploits of Steve Martin in the movie, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, do NOT be tempted into any criminal activity (however petty it may seem) in Monaco. Monaco is VERY well monitored and has a substantial security force. Similarly, if you desire to keep any information confidential, don't bring it to or discuss it in Monaco. I have been told that cell phone signals are monitored in Monaco as well.
Well, if there is maybe ONE...
Well, if there is maybe ONE danger, it's that in a moment of madness you'll be tempted to join the Foreign Legion! Why there was a recruiting station in Monaco is a mystery to me! Maybe some millionaires would like a change of scenery...
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