In the Summer of 2003, I flew to Paris, and then on to Nice, to stay with some old friends, who started out as clients, in a flat on the Croisette. It was one of the hottest Summers in history, and many people died from the extreme heat. I'm sure I lost some weight. While there in Nice, we decided to take the train to Monte Carlo, as I wanted to see the biennale de Monaco des antiquaires- and off we went. Of course, I fell completely in love with Monaco, and have been haunted by it ever since. Take time to see this fantasy place, the second smallest country in the world, and a tax haven for Europe. We enjoyed a fabulous lunch at the Hotel de Paris, adjacent to the famous Casino.
Here's a vintage image of Prince Ranier III, with his American wife, the late Grace Kelly, and their children, Prince Albert, Princess Caroline, and Princess Stephanie. Read more about the royals of Monaco here http://www.madmonaco.blogspot.com/
|Conservatory, Villa Nocturne, Monte Carlo, by Timothy Whealon|