Monte Carlo

Monte Carlo

The video below shows literally everywhere we went in Monaco. Since I have a GPS attached to my camera, I was able to track our entire path wandering around Monaco, including driving around most of the formula one track. I was freaking out as we went through Sainte Devote then up the hill to casino square and, I have to say, I'll never forget going through the Grand Hotel hairpin. We went left at the entrance to the tunnel - almost exactly where Ayrton Senna crashed out of the lead in 1988 - and headed back to Menton. At this point, I kind of wish that I had done a complete lap but, since we had already walked that part of the track, I thought we might as well head back.

Since Menton is only a few kilometers east from Monaco, we rented some mopeds for the day and rode down the twisty road along the Côte d'Azur to check out the famous little principality.

This photograph shows the Monaco that most people know. The harbour, actually named Port Hercule, loaded with giant yachts, the unbelievable amount of high rises crowded between the mountains and the sea, and the famous swimming pool (near the bottom left of the photo) that the formula one cars have to drive around. For the record, two formula one cars have ended up in the water: Alberto Ascari in 1955 and Paul Hawkins in 1965. The yachts, motorized vehicles that are actually supposed to be in the water are huge, blatantly expensive and handsome machines. Apparently, 50% of the world's superyachts are floating around this part of the Mediterranean.

Also of interest, nearly all of the yachts that I saw were registered in the Cayman Islands because, well, you wouldn't want to pay any taxes on these toys now would you? Along this theme, Monaco doesn't have personal taxes, a benefit of having casinos generating ridiculous revenues for the principality, but it does have an income tax. What this means is that if you have to work in Monaco, you pay taxes but it you're rich enough not to work, you pay no taxes. Sounds totally fair.

For me personally, since I knew that where we had parked the mopeds was basically at the starting line for the Grand Prix and, when we walked from the pool to the dock and back, we were crossing the actual track as well, it was kind of exciting. For everyone else, the harbour itself is not so interesting so we walked around the west side of the harbour to the Rock of Monaco. It's the oldest part and is home to Monaco-Ville, the historic area. As we climbed up the stairs to the top, we stopped and I was able to take this photo as well as finding a tiny bit of shade to get out of the insane heat. If you're making travel plans, I'd suggest a month other than August. Oh, and go by moped. No parking issues and you can zip through traffic like every other maniac on two wheels.

The next photo that I'll post will be of the Monaco that you most likely don't know: Monaco-Ville.

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Camera: NIKON D90
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Focal Length: 24 mm
35mm Focal Length: 36 mm
Exposure: 1/400 sec
Aperture: f 8
ISO: 100


Taken: 2012-08-14 13:09:01
Posted: 2012-09-09 | 07:05





Monte Carlo

Monte Carlo

The video below shows literally everywhere we went in Monaco. Since I have a GPS attached to my camera, I was able to track our entire path wandering around Monaco, including driving around most of the formula one track. I was freaking out as we went through Sainte Devote then up the hill to casino square and, I have to say, I'll never forget going through the Grand Hotel hairpin. We went left at the entrance to the tunnel - almost exactly where Ayrton Senna crashed out of the lead in 1988 - and headed back to Menton. At this point, I kind of wish that I had done a complete lap but, since we had already walked that part of the track, I thought we might as well head back.

Since Menton is only a few kilometers east from Monaco, we rented some mopeds for the day and rode down the twisty road along the Côte d'Azur to check out the famous little principality.

This photograph shows the Monaco that most people know. The harbour, actually named Port Hercule, loaded with giant yachts, the unbelievable amount of high rises crowded between the mountains and the sea, and the famous swimming pool (near the bottom left of the photo) that the formula one cars have to drive around. For the record, two formula one cars have ended up in the water: Alberto Ascari in 1955 and Paul Hawkins in 1965. The yachts, motorized vehicles that are actually supposed to be in the water are huge, blatantly expensive and handsome machines. Apparently, 50% of the world's superyachts are floating around this part of the Mediterranean.

Also of interest, nearly all of the yachts that I saw were registered in the Cayman Islands because, well, you wouldn't want to pay any taxes on these toys now would you? Along this theme, Monaco doesn't have personal taxes, a benefit of having casinos generating ridiculous revenues for the principality, but it does have an income tax. What this means is that if you have to work in Monaco, you pay taxes but it you're rich enough not to work, you pay no taxes. Sounds totally fair.

For me personally, since I knew that where we had parked the mopeds was basically at the starting line for the Grand Prix and, when we walked from the pool to the dock and back, we were crossing the actual track as well, it was kind of exciting. For everyone else, the harbour itself is not so interesting so we walked around the west side of the harbour to the Rock of Monaco. It's the oldest part and is home to Monaco-Ville, the historic area. As we climbed up the stairs to the top, we stopped and I was able to take this photo as well as finding a tiny bit of shade to get out of the insane heat. If you're making travel plans, I'd suggest a month other than August. Oh, and go by moped. No parking issues and you can zip through traffic like every other maniac on two wheels.

The next photo that I'll post will be of the Monaco that you most likely don't know: Monaco-Ville.

Show this photo on a map ✈

EXIF

Camera: NIKON D90
Lens Type:
Focal Length: 24 mm
35mm Focal Length: 36 mm
Exposure: 1/400 sec
Aperture: f 8
ISO: 100


Taken: 2012-08-14 13:09:01
Posted: 2012-09-09 | 07:05


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