Dear Family and Friends,
Today we spent the day in Monaco… What can I say?? Amazing.. Nice is nice (pardon the pun) and certainly on par with State St. in Santa Barbara or Newport Beach, etc… but Monaco is beyond belief. It makes Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills look nuevo riche and down market..
The buildings are the most grand I have ever seen.. The wealth is beyond description there. Ferraris and Lambos are common and a Porsche would be considered a run about car… ( no offense to my Porsche Club friends.. )
We had to wait until 2pm for the Grand Casino to open the doors to us rift raft for a couple of hours. Unfortunately no photography allowed but when you walk in the splendor is amazing. It looks like a Louie the 14th palace inside,…. marble, gold leaf, amazing frescos everywhere.
The main casino table started at about $50 per bet (beyond my interest) the private casino bets started in the thousands…. I did manage to play the modest slot machines for 15 minutes just to say I did it.
When I left the Grand Casino you step out into a beautiful plaza…. standing there over looking all this grandeur I had to say the words…
” My name is Bond, James Bond” It felt good…. Of course then reality sets in, in my best days I never looked half as good as any James Bond, I was not a deadly spy, the women weren’t chasing me, and…… I lost in the casino.. On the other hand I have a wonderful wife, success enough to take these great vacations, and four beautiful daughters… so I am rich..
Down by the bay there were two areas for the yachts to park,,,, for those that could only afford up to about $20,000,000 and then the section for the serious yachts…
While it was great to see Monaco it is VERY expensive… We sat in an out door cafe and had a small bottle of Evian water ( it was HOT today) and just that cost close to $10 each. I would only like to come back one more time to see a race here and to share the experience with the love of my life,,,, Bonnie.
Before we left we road our motorcycles around as much of the Grand Prix circuit as possible. The drivers that race there are beyond belief! When you actually see how small and tight these streets are I realized they were many pay grades above my skill level…. When we road through the tunnel that is part of the course and you realize they are hitting 200 mph in there and that it is a SMALL tunnel, they are NUTS!
From Monaco we road along the shore line cliffs for about 10 miles over looking the ocean back to our hotel.. A great ride.
Lots of photos on my blog so go take a look..
Tomorrow we ride along the coast into Italy and will spend the evening in Florence…not a bad day either..
Having way to much fun!
PS: I appreciate you all that have sent me emails pointing out my grammatical and spelling mistakes… If I could write I wouldn’t be fixing cars….