In a word, “barf”. Monaco is a tax haven, so it’s full of rich people, expensive cars, and big boats. Really big boats. So big, in fact, that they make you want to, uh, barf.

We expected some beautiful architecture and iconic buildings (such as the casino), but what little of that exists is overshadowed by soulless concrete buildings from the late 60s and 70s that occupy the entire skyline. It’s horribly ugly! See pics below.

Our route to/from Monte Carlo

Our route to Monaco and back. Trains to Monte Carlo run about every hour from Nice's central train station.

Monte Carlo's harbor

Monte Carlo's harbor, complete with dozens and dozens of mega yachts.

Robin in front of the Monte Carlo Casino

Robin trying to look angelic in front of the Monte Carlo Casino. The woman holding a baby (on the steps behind Robin) was denied entry. No one under 18 is allowed inside -- especially sneaky baby gamblers!

Hideous buildings dominate the skyline

Hideous buildings dominate the skyline.

LESSONS LEARNED:

  • You need to be properly dressed to enter the casino. No, you probably can’t go in with flip-flops.
  • Don’t worry about passports or visas. There’s really no difference between the EU and Monaco. They even accept the Euro, though they’re not a member of the European Union.
  • If you want to visit the more picturesque side of the city, head for Le Rocher. It’s where you’ll find the prince’s palace and the old part of the city.

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