Day 12 Monte Carlo - Monaco

Not quite an early start as we all slept in after a big day yesterday. We awoke to this amazing view of Monte Carlo and the beautiful blue waters of the Mediterranean.

Docking virtually in the heart of Monaco which is not very big anyway (the whole country of Monte Carlo is only three quarters of a square mile in area) meant exploring on foot was a good option.

We all set off together and started with a 30 minute mini train ride around the new & old Monaco to get our bearings. We then headed up the hill to the Palace of the reigning Prince Rainier of Monaco.

We were just in time to see the changing of the guard at the Palace front with all the fan fair of marching and instruments.
We even managed to find some reminders of Australia with a section of the Princes garden planted with Bottle trees, Casurinas and even a Wollemi Pine.

After more walking & souveniring Elisabeth & Simone took the children back for an ice cream and a swim while Luke & Louise set off for the ritzy end of town. All the clothes & jewelry to be seen in is there as well as the local car yard selling everything from Honda to Ferrari.

The heat and humidity was starting to take its toll so Louise & Luke headed down to the bay for a welcome swim in the very salty, warm, blue Mediterranean Sea.

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