Monaco The Upper Crust

We arrived in Monaco in the morning before dawn. Even in the dark, this "smallest country in the world" feels incredibly rich.

Monaco (pronounced Monako) is not only the home of the famous Casino Monte Carlo and the Monte Carlo Formula One race, but also the kingdom of Prince Albert (son of Prince Rainier III and American-born Princess Grace (Kelly)). Why not King, you are thinking? Because Monaco was originally part of France and the separation agreement ruled that they could not have a King. Thirty percent of the population are millionaires. It is also the home of the Oceanographic Institute made famous by Phillipe Cousteau.

As you look at the next photo, the country of Monaco ends with the buildings and the tree-covered hill above is France. The Casino Monte Carlo is the elegant green copper-roofed structure to the right. We did not make it to the casino. Dress code was above my wardrobe standards.

The Royal Palace of Grimaldi sits atop a prominence overlooking the harbor called the Rock. This part of the city is occupied by an exclusive neighborhood of the old medieval town, an historic church, the Oceanographic Institute, and the palace.

Grimaldi Palace
Top 3 photos- Oceanographic Institute; Monaco Jail, Monaco Police; Cathedral where Prince Rainier and Princess Grace were married and are entombed.
The flag over the palace indicates that the Prince is "IN"
When it comes to yachts, SIZE matters...
Our boat (Viking Sea) is BIGGER than your boat.

and finally, this is the world of James Bond

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