trip was an
escape from my daily routine, and some sort an influence by Nicole Kidman’s
movie highly criticized movie Grace of Monaco. Monaco
After watching the movie I decided to embark on a pilgrimage to
and pay my
respects to the late Her Serene Highness Princess Grace of Monaco . Monaco
I often visit medieval towns and castles and museums. But this is out of my ordinary trips. The trail that I followed was the way of the glamorous- the ultimate visit to the cities where the rich and famous tread.
The first stop was Nice, where I looked for that international fast food chain where I can dump my shit, literally. It was more than four hours of bus ride. Really can’t say anything much about the city except that it’s full of life and full of beautifully tanned blondes. The sea was nearby. I went to the beach to take some photos.
A friend of mine uploaded my photos in Nice. One of the bloggers I know grabbed it. Well, I almost said goodbye to anonymity. It’s only a question of days before he puts it somewhere in the blogosphere. Anyway, I’d like to kill that friend of mine. I really do.
The panorama was splendid.
This is how their shopping mall looks like
After Nice, we went straight to
, which was less
than an hour bus ride from Nice. Monaco
sights like this one… Monaco
The first stop was at the Institut Oceanographique, a palatial museum
|This is the rear part of the museum that is facing the sea|
We rode along the street where the fastest cars in the world run in the Formula 1 races. And yes, Ferraris, Lamborghinis, and many other sports cars are just as common as being rich in
The principality is the gambling capital of
Europe and houses one of the most
famous and oldest casinos such as the (what’s the name of the casino?). Unlike where casinos
have populist policies, here in Las Vegas one is always
allowed to enter if you’re wearing a crisp summer shirt by some designer and a
perfume that has the scent of the filthy rich. Otherwise, you’ll end up joining
the horde of weary tourists taking pictures in front of the casino. In case
you’re wondering, yes, they threw me into that horde. Monaco
This is where the famous Hotel de Paris is located.
|Bad shot. I was on a tour bus.|
These are the things you’ll see in their flea market.
And where in the world you’ll see a shopping centre that has freakin chandeliers? Only here in Metropole in
. It’s really
delightful to have cappuccino and strudel while looking at these marvellous
lights. Monte Carlo
I wasn’t able to visit the Salle Garnier, their opera house, but I got a picture of this oddly placed little church that was standing in the middle of modern buildings and was facing the sea. I just learned that it was…… Once a year, a mass will be held in this little church where many Monegasques and the royal family will be attending.
Of course, I visited the
. The banner of
the House of Grimaldi was raised high, and that means Palace of Princes was in
residence. Prince Albert
But this was actually the
of my trip to high point to visit the
Cathédrale de Monaco where the remains of Her Serene Highness Princess Grace of
Monaco- can be found. Monaco
Loyal to one another until the end, the tomb of Prince Rainier III was beside his wife’s tomb.
One would ask why I am being shallow and corny. Well, like I said before, I am an enthusiast of histories of the royal heads of
Europe. But sometimes
I still can’t bring myself to believe that fairytales happen. They do come true
sometimes. That sometimes, even in the most tragic stories of humanity, there
was once love, and there will always be love until the end, whether it comes
coated by things that glitter and glow, or by simple circumstances brought by
poverty. Love is always there to see that there will be an ending, whether it
is happy or seemingly happy.
Whatever. I’m watching Grace of Monaco again for the nth time.