This blog is about the adventures of a software developer from Amsterdam who is now living in Nice and working in Sophia Antipolis, on the Côte d'Azur.



Tuesday, October 24, 2006

Monaco

You think of Holland as a small country. Think again; between Nice and the Italian frontier lies a tiny mountainous settlement, that to this day managed to save its independence from France and the European Union. The ruling family call themselves princes, since François Grimaldi in the year 1297 treacherously gained entrance to the Genoan fortress on the rock, hiding his weapons under his monk's disguise. At 15 minutes from the Nice Ville train station it makes for a nice day trip, where everybody takes almost the same photographs. So did we!

The Monaco train station, built inside a mountain


Banana tree near the casino


The royal palace on the rock


Cristina assisting the defenses of the Principality

Canon balls


Heikki and Cristina on a cannon


Sainte Cecile, in Monaco mistakenly taken for a patron of musicians


The port of Monte Carlo


Some Brazilian influences?


From afar it looks like a favela


Restrictions on civil liberties protect the sensitivities of the royal family


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