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Monte Carlo, Monaco

Monte Carlo Wednesday, May 16, 2007
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After the St. Tropez destination was canceled due to high winds and rough seas, we continued on to Monaco. We arrived just after sunset the day before at the dock at Monaco.

At Dock - Monaco

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Source: World Factbook. The Genoese built a fortress on the site of present-day Monaco in 1215. The current ruling Grimaldi family secured control in the late 13th century, and a principality was established in 1338. Economic development was spurred in the late 19th century with a railroad linkup to France and the opening of a casino. Since then, the principality's mild climate, splendid scenery, and gambling facilities have made Monaco world famous as a tourist and recreation center. Population about 32,000. Area: 1.95 sq.km.

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Indian Empress is one of the largest private yachts in the world at 311 feet 8 inches (95 metres) in length. Launched in 2000 as Al Mirqab, she was finished at the Oceanco yard in Holland to the design of the A Group after having had her hull assembled in Durban, South Africa. The yacht was owned by a Qatari Royal Family member who sold her to Indian billionaire Vijay Mallya in 2006.

I decided on the Cap D'Ali Hiking Tour of Monaco which skirts the coastline.

The rugged coast is the hallmark of the Monaco shoreline, of which there are only 4 km.

Hiking the trail.

Princess Grace, known to moviegoers as Grace Kelly, (High Noon, To Catch a Thief, and The Country Girl) gave up her career to marry Prince Ranier III of Monaco. This is her memorial rose garden.

Beautiful rose from the Princess Grace Rose Garden.

Casino Royale.

The front of the casino in Monte Carlo.

Expensive cars out front.

The back of the Casino Royale.

Walking down from the casino - if you can figure out the way - is not that far from the ships dock. Here is Voyager from the Casino.

The terrain is quite hilly in Monaco - site of the famous Grand Prix.

Looking down on the superyachts.

Grand Prix de Formule 1- The Automobile Club of Monaco (ACM) was set up in 1925 following to a General Assembly attended by 55 members of the SVAM, the Monegasque Bicycle and Automobile Sports Club, which was created in 1890 under the name Monegasque Bicycle Sports Club. On April 14th, 1929, Prince Pierre inaugurated the circuit of the 1st Grand Prix of Monaco with a lap of honour in a Torpedo Voisin car driven by the director of the circuit, Charles Faroux.

The city setting up for the Grand Prix.

The starting line of the Grand Prix.

Voyager at dock.

Breakfast Menu - room service. Front side.

Breakfast Menu - room service. Main menu.

Voyager at dock.

Voyager.

Newsletter in .pdf download format.

(pdf link) 2007 RSSC Regent Voyager Daily Newsletter - In Cabin

End of the Day - Voyager in Monaco

After a pleasant afternoon walking around Monaco, I had a sunset martini and ate dinner at Compass Rose, the main dining salon on the RSSC Voyager. Afterwards some of the passengers gathered for Karaoke and some on-board casino action. Generally I don't visit the casino's aboard ship (except for blackjack where you have even odds on winning), but made the exception. The worst part is the smokers - they should just ban smoking (except for properly ventilated rooms like the cigar room) on ships. It's annoying and the ashes are dirty.

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