Monte Carlo, Monaco
"The level of wealth here is on a
level of which I am not familiar."
No kidding. Magazines may talk about 'wealthy playboys' as some abstract term,
but in Monte Carlo the clichés are brought to life. This small city-state is so
remotely removed from the 'real world' as to wonder how it exists at all. If the
trendy fashion stores and Ferraris/Bentleys/Rolls-Royces as common as a
Chevrolet in Detroit, then the radio advertisements are a dead give away: the
harbor for Monaco is filled with super yachts. Not just regular yachts - a mere
100 footer won't even raise an eyebrow no matter how scantily clad the girls are
on deck. We're talking about yachts that begin at 200' and have garages built
into the yachts for their other boats. The local radio station features
commercials for 'super yacht' insurance to insure "your yacht, on-board fine
art, employees (and other possessions)" or something like that. Other
commercials tout their special yacht catering services in the familiarity not
unlike an upcoming action film.
While it is easy to get lost in looking at the ships, cars, and people, the
casino is where the real action is for most. Unfortunately, we didn't have our
passports with us and were thus denied the opportunity to see how the
professionals really gamble.
Monte Carlo is an unbelievable experience - and one which we really have nothing
to compare to.